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Family Law Subcommittee


Kathleen Bingham

COOPER, Jennifer - 2015 

Jennifer Cooper

The Hamilton Law Association's Family Law Subcommittee advises on matters pertaining to Family Law that are relevant to the Board or its Committees.

The committee meets monthly at 12:30 p.m. at the John Sopinka Courthouse - 5th Floor Boardroom. Those interested in joining the committeee are invited to contact the Co-Chairs.

 2018-2019 Subcommittee Members

Kathleen Bingham, Bingham Law 905-297-4767 kathleen@binghamlaw.ca
Jennifer Cooper, Hughes & Bale LLP 905-523-5252 jcooper@hughesbale.ca 
Sean HeeleySzpiech, Ellis, Skibinski, Shipton 905-524-2454 sheeley@sesslaw.ca
James D. Higginson, James D. Higginson Law Office  905-628-6321 jdhigginson@dundaslaw.ca 
Imran Kamal, Catholic Children's Aid Society of Hamilton 905-525-2012  imran.kamal@hamiltonccas.on.ca
Amy Katz, Amy Katz & Associates, Professional Corporation 905-522-0488 amylpkatz@gmail.com
Lindsey Mazza, George Street Law Group LLP 905-526-2104 lmazza@georgestreetlaw.ca
James Mountford, Ross & McBride LLP 905-526-9800 jmountford@rossmcbride.com
Vicky Ringuette, Vicky M. Ringuette 905-297-4768 vicky@vmringuette.ca
Whitney Smith, Vandeputte Law Professional Corporation 905-628-0101 whitney@vandeputtelawpc.ca
Lina Vyas, Legal Aid Ontario 905-645-6276  www.legalaid.on.ca
Michael Wilson, Wilson Family Law 905-309-7080 michael@wilsonfamilylaw.ca
James Wood,
Children's Aid Society of Hamilton
905-522-1121 jwood@hamiltoncas.com

To speak to an HLA staff person regarding the Family Law Subcommittee, please contact:
Karen Cooper, Library Technician
tel: 905-522-1563, email: kcooper@hamiltonlaw.on.ca 

HLA Family Law Events


April 04

Sub:  2
Prof:  1

Family Law Seminar

1:00-4:30 pm
Hamilton Convention Centre, Webster A & B
1 Summers Lane, Hamilton


For more information, please contact Karen Cooper at 905-522-1563 or email kcooper@hamiltonlaw.on.ca

Dreyer v Murphy, 2012 BCSC 1462

December 2012
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Family Law Bill C-78

Jun 11, 2018

Dear Family Law Representatives,

Below is a link to Bill C-78 that was introduced yesterday by the Federal Government and will be of extreme interest to those who practice family law.


The amendments include the following:

Divorce Act

·         Replacing “custody” and “access” terminology with terminology relating to parenting

·         Creating a non-exhaustive list of criteria to help courts determine the “best interests of the child”

·         Creating duties for parties and legal advisers to encourage the use of family dispute resolution processes

·         Introducing measures to assist courts in addressing family violence

·         Establishing a framework for the relocation of a child

·         Simplifying certain processes, including those related to family support obligations


·         Allowing the release of information to help establish and vary support provisions

·         Expanding the release of information to additional provincial family justice government entities

·         Permitting garnishment of federal moneys to recover certain family law related expenses

·         Extending the binding period of a garnishee summons

Both Divorce Act and FOAEAA

·         Implementing the Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children, concluded at The Hague on October 19, 1996 (1996 Hague Convention)

·         Implementing the Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance, concluded at The Hague on November 23, 2007 (2007 Hague Convention)


·         Giving priority to family support obligations

·         Simplifying processes

These proposals will promote faster, more cost-effective and lasting solutions to family law disputes, meaning less burden on courts and better outcomes for families. On the whole, this bill is about providing Canadians with better tools to address family law disputes with the promotion of the best interests of the child as its core.

We would appreciate if you would forward this email on to your local members who practice family law.

AMENDMENTS TO FAMILY LAW RULES (O. Reg. 114/99) EFFECTIVE April 23, 30 and July 1, 2018

May 10, 2018

On April 23, 2018, rule changes will come into effect to support the Ministry of the Attorney General’s e-filing service for joint divorce applications.

On April 30, 2018, multiple rule and form changes to support the new Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017, S.O. 2017, c. 14 (including, but not limited to, changes to rules 8, 17, 25, 33 and 34, as well as 35 court forms) will come into effect on the same date as the new legislation is proclaimed.

On July 1, 2018, the rules and timelines relating to service, filing and confirmations for conferences and motions will also change.  There are new confirmation forms for both motions and conferences.

Also on July 1, 2018, updated rules relating to costs (specifically sub-rules 17(18), 17(18.1) and 24(10) - 24(12.1)) will come into effect.

Please see the Family Law Rules, O. Reg. 114/99  and

http://ontariocourtforms.on.ca/en/family-law-rules-forms/ for details. 

Resources and Practice Aids

Notice to Profession: Changes to the Family Law Rules in force April 23, April 30 and July 1, 2018
Notice to Profession: Changes to the Family Law Rules in force April 23, April 30 and July 1, 2018
Notice to Profession: Changes to the Family Law Rules in force April 23, April 30 and July 1, 2018