Family Law

CHANGES TO ONTARIO DISABILITY SUPPORT PROGRAM By Paul Jasiura Disabled persons in Ontario are eligible for income support benefits through the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). In order to ensure that only people in need receive the benefits, there is a limit on the assets owned by the recipients and on the income recipients may have from other sources. These limits have been slow to change and for years, people have argued that the rules were out of date. To its credit, the Ontario government has listened. September 20, 2017
Life (insurance) After Divorce By Brad Smith The court decision of Moore v. Sweet has some harsh lessons for separating spouses and life insurance.

Ms. Moore was married to Mr. Moore. After separation, Mr. Moore and Ms. Moore had an oral agreement he would designate Ms. Moore as the beneficiary of his life insurance policy.
May 2, 2017
A Child’s Withdrawal from Parental Control By Brad Smith When can a child withdraw from parental control? How does the child do this? What is the role of the school, the police, the parents or the Court?

All of these questions were answered by the Ontario Court of Appeal in R.G. v. K.G.
February 14, 2017
Bill 34 – Children’s Law Reform Amendment Act (Recognizing Relationship with Grandparents): A Symbolic Change By Brad Smith Bill 34, the Children’s Law Reform Amendment Act (Recognizing Relationships with Grandparents), 2016, came into force on December 8, 2016. It amended section 21(1) of the Children’s Law Reform Act to state “a parent of a child or any other person, including a grandparent” may apply for a court order for custody or access of a child. January 20, 2017
An Introduction to Property Settlement in Ontario After Separation By Brad Smith I recently did a presentation as an introduction to several concepts and principles that apply to married couples who separate and live in Ontario. Ontario has an equalization payment regime. December 7, 2016