PRACTICE AREA: Family

COVID-19 is a particularly nefarious virus. It is a hardy virus, staying on some surfaces for more than two days. It is easily transmitted from person to person. It can cause death in a significant number of cases, and anecdotal evidence makes it apparent that any person of any age is at risk from this virus.

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Someone living in mother's home didn't properly quarantine after returning from out-of-province; child to stay with father until full 14 day quarantine completed; if no signs of illness, child would be returned to mother's care; once child was returned to mother, father's in-person parenting time with child would be suspended until further review by court

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COVID-19 awareness and meaningful timesharing are not mutually exclusive

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Children's lives and vitally important family relationships could not be put on hold indefinitely without risking serious emotional harm and upset. Blanket policy that children should never leave primary residence, even to visit other parent, was inconsistent with comprehensive analysis of best interests of child.

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There should be no unilateral withholding of access or parenting time except in true emergency situations where there was imminent risk to child's health or safety

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An unjust enrichment is more than the exchange of mutual benefits arising from cohabitation or the sharing of expenses

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The phrase “joint family venture” denotes a particular model of domestic relationship. One might reasonably describe the acquisition and use of a residence in the context of a joint family venture, but it is incorrect to describe acquiring and using a piece of realty as a joint family venture.

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Two jurisdictions' recent decisions on assisted human reproduction and parentage.

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Does a person in a marriage-like relationship owe the other person a fiduciary duty with respect to the disposition of assets on death?

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Alienation of children from their mother was contrary to their best interests; Father's admitted conduct exposed significant behaviour disturbances and aggressive and controlling texts directed to mother were put before court as evidence.

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R.S. v. P.R. (2019), 2019 CSC 49, 2019 SCC 49, 2019 CarswellQue 8813, 2019 CarswellQue 8812

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Trial judge erred in duration of spousal support award and spousal support was ordered on indefinite basis; Although trial judge did not expressly make finding of entitlement on compensatory basis, he functionally did just that

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