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Fact Sheet: Common Access Problems

by Pamela Cross, LLB It is not uncommon for an abuser to cause ongoing difficulties with custody and access. This can happen even when the order is clear and detailed. Understandably, women are often...

Fact Sheet: Child Support

by Pamela Cross, LLB Child support is the money paid by the parent who spends less time with the child to the parent who has primary responsibility for the child.  It is used to pay for costs...

Fact Sheet: Child Protection

Child protection does not arise in every family law case involving woman abuse. However, it often comes up.  Sometimes, there are concerns about children being exposed to the abuse their mothers...

Fact Sheet: Alternative Dispute Resolution

by Pamela Cross, LLB There are a number of ways to resolve the disputes that arise on relationship breakdown that do not involve going to court. The most common are mediation, collaborative law and...

Fact Sheet: Access to Legal Representation

by Pamela Cross, LLB Lack of access to legal representation is one of the biggest barriers for many women with family law issues. Most women do not have enough money in the bank to pay for a lawyer....

Emotional Abuse and Family Court Proceedings

by Pamela Cross "Sticks and stones may break my bones,but names will never hurt me."                   ...

Domestic Violence Death Review Committee

The Domestic Violence Death Review Committee (DVDRC) is a multi-disciplinary advisory committee of experts that was established in 2003 in response to recommendations made from two major inquests...

Definition of Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking [1] is defined in the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against...

Custody Issues for Gay & Lesbian Parents

by Margaret Buist In the last two years both federal and Ontario laws have changed significantly to grant many new legal rights to same-sex partners. For example, same-sex partners can now claim...

Custody and Access Assessments

by Samantha E. Poisson Whether it is because most parents can devise a workable child care arrangement or because of the absence of one parent, the majority of separating families, approximately 80...