Coronavirus pandemic adds complexity to parental-access battles
A week after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, Kevin Reid received a text from his ex-wife.
“Based on the pandemic that is happening right now, the kids will be staying home until further notice,” it read.
Under the terms of their divorce agreement, he is supposed to have the kids every other weekend and on Wednesday evenings. He hasn’t seen his children, an 11-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter, since receiving that text more than three weeks ago.
“I understand the seriousness of the situation. But at the same time, I … more »
LINDSAY, ONTARIO—Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers has started a new weekly program to help two groups struggling during the coronavirus pandemic: first responders and restaurant workers.
With its “Save a Slice” initiative, an effort to provide food for first responders, the Ontario family law firm is buying pizza from local eateries and sending it to health care professionals on the front lines of the response.
For its inaugural event today, April 4, the firm ordered 50 pizzas from Lindsay, Ontario Italian restaurant Pane Vino to be delivered to the emergency room of Ross Memorial, a local hospital, to feed … more »
In Smith v Sieger, an urgent motion was brought for relief that (if granted) would provide the immediate return of the parties child from the United States who was enrolled in an education program in Utah. The parties shared joint custody of the child and the urgent matter was brought to the court in light of the closure of the US/Canada border and Prime Minister Trudeau’s call for Canadians to return home.
The applicant states that the parties came to an arrangement recently that the child was to return to Canada subject to the applicant assuming sole decision making on … more »
The coronavirus pandemic has raised a lot of questions for Canadian families, especially those who may be dealing with legal issues around separation, divorce, and custody. To answer these questions, the Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers has created the COVID-19 and Divorce Information Centre on its website.
On the site, you can get answers to questions about how to work remotely with your attorneys, how the pandemic may affect court dates and even how to avoid sparking a divorce during the stress of quarantine.
“The coronavirus is having massive effects on every part of society right now, and family law … more »