News Archives for September 2020

The Week Ahead – September 28th

This week we will review: “Urgency as a Self-Fulfilling Prophesy” in Motions Over School Attendance; and Appeal Court Confirms Jet-Setting Couple with Separate Residences Were Still “Living Together”

Wednesday’s Video: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Divorce

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Russ interviewed by Devon Peacock from Global News 980 CFPL

Court rules in favour of child attending school in-person after divorced parents can’t agree on what is best

Last week, an Ontario judge ruled it was in the best interests of a child that they go back to school after their parents, who are divorced, couldn’t agree and took the matter to court.

What could this mean going forward?

Divorce attorney Russell Alexander joins Devon Peacock on the Morning Show to discuss.

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In the media: Court of Appeal finds definition of spouse applies to couple who lived together intermittently

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision could be seen to stretch the definition of spouse when it comes to spousal support and may spark more family law litigation, predicts one family lawyer.

“This is sort of a very specific issue in terms of who do we consider to be a spouse,” said Russell Alexander, the founder and senior partner with Markham, Ont.-based Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers.

“The traditional model is you’re living continuously under the same roof,” he told The Lawyer’s Daily. “This particular case kind of takes it to the next level. They were dating and … more »

The Week Ahead – September 21st

This week we will review: COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids – Which Parent Gets to Decide?; and “Changing Johnny’s School” – Part Two

Wednesday’s Video: Is Attending School In-Person vs Online a Medical or Education Decision?

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CTV News: COVID-19 custody battles present tricky challenge for overwhelmed courts

TORONTO — Divorced parents at odds over arrangements for their child’s safety during COVID-19 have been turning to Canadian courts to settle custody disputes, sometimes in an attempt to limit one parent’s access to a child.

In one case, a father temporarily lost physical access to his daughter after taking her shopping in April without a mask. The child has asthma, putting her at higher risk of complications from the virus, and the judge expressed worry that the father would continue to dismiss safety guidelines.

In another case, a judge prevented a child from visiting a cottage with his father … more »