Title Trumps:  The Effect of Placing a Property in Joint Tenancy
201705.26
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Title Trumps: The Effect of Placing a Property in Joint Tenancy

Griffith v Davidson, a recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision, has confirmed that placing a property in joint tenancy means sharing the property equally on relationship breakdown.  The question before the court (on appeal from an arbitration) was whether the common law wife held the property on resulting trust for the common law husband,…

Relationship Tips: Talk, Listen and Love
201703.09
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Relationship Tips: Talk, Listen and Love

I was watching a rerun of “Modern Family” the other night.  In the episode, Phil learns a neighbour’s wife has left him.  Phil tells the viewer that he hopes it is due to an affair or drugs and alcohol, because those he can protect against.  Unfortunately for Phil, the neighbour tells him that he has…

See Spot Divorce: Who Gets the Family Dog?
201612.15
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See Spot Divorce: Who Gets the Family Dog?

“The dog is man’s best friend.” (Ogden Nash)“ “The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” (Charles de Gaulle) “Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.”(Dean Koontz) People love their dogs. Dogs are treasured members of the family. Some people even…

Family Law Trials Part IV: The Last Two Days
201611.22
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Family Law Trials Part IV: The Last Two Days

So I got really busy and couldn’t blog on the last two days of trial.  Lots of stuff happening.  I didn’t think anyone would notice.  Figured I would just do it later.  But, surprise, surprise.  I got notes from people asking about the trial, who want to know what happened.  I am so pleased to…

Inter-Disciplinary Magic
201610.24
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Inter-Disciplinary Magic

Last week, I attended the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Ontario Chapter) conference. It was inspiring and enjoyable to spend time with professionals all of whom work with families going through separation and divorce. There were lawyers and social workers and psychologists and judges. There were individual speakers on topics ranging from challenging clients…