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Child declared to have two fathers despite silence in Children’s Law Reform Act on same sex parenting and assisted reproduction

The Ontario Government needs to recognize the changing face of parenthood and amend the Children's Law Reform Act to recognize parents of the same gender and developments in assisted reproduction. In M. (A.W.) v. S. (T.N.), 2014 ONSC 5420, Mr. Justice Henderson granted an application brought by two married men to be declared a child's [...]

By | February 25th, 2015|children, court decisions, parentage|0 Comments

Keeping Up With The Kids – extra-curricular activities when parents are separated

Although they recognize the benefits for kids, parents can sometimes feel that their lives are dictated by children's extra-curricular activites. Dance classes, hockey practices, guitar lessons, martial arts, and on and on. It's tough enough in families when the parents are together, can communicate fairly easily about these issues, and can "divide and conquer" to [...]

By | January 21st, 2015|children, parenting, separation|0 Comments

Are children’s cell phone costs to be shared by separated parents?

The Federal Child Support Guidelines allow for the sharing of "special or extraordinary" expenses for children, proportionate to their incomes.  This is in addition to basic child support calculated under the Guidelines.  The issue of what is "special or extraordinary" comes to court often.  Even more frequently, this issue is part of out-of-court discussions, negotiations, [...]

By | February 21st, 2014|children, support|1 Comment