This recent decision by Justice Fryer of the Superior Court of Justice is a well written decision that provides a very good summary of the law of costs. However, it also serves as a caution to family law litigants as to the costs of litigation, and reminds litigants that even if they feel as though they were largely successful with respect to the outcome of the case, this does not necessarily mean that they will be receiving their costs of the litigation on a full indemnity basis.
In this recent decision of the Superior Court of Justice, the court considers the appropriate amount of damages to award when there is been an invasion of privacy within a domestic relationship. Further, the Court considers the sum of damages to award when considering incidents of domestic violence.
This appeal concerns an application by a minor for a declaration that she has withdrawn from parental control. The father of a 17-year-old girl appeals a declaration that she has withdrawn from parental control.
This recent decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal provides guidance for family law litigants and counsel with respect to the jurisdiction for subsidiary dispute resolution. The Court is firm in their finding that in high conflict cases, best practice mandates that the same judge continue to hear subsidiary disputes.
This decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal canvasses whether an Ontario Court has the jurisdiction to award child support, spousal support, and equalization of net family property after a foreign court has issued a divorce.
This case serves as an important reminder that custody and access issues must remain child-focused, and adjustments to a parenting plan must be determined within the scope of the child’s needs, and not the needs of the parents.
This decision, written by Justice Stanley Kershman, deals with a numerous child support issues including support for adult children, retroactive claims when a child is no longer considered a child of the marriage, who can direct an RESP, and section 7 expenses.
This case serves as a reminder that establishing a material change in circumstances is only the first hurdle to meet when attempting to reduce support arrears, and that the party seeking such relief must establish either that they are unable, and will never be able, to pay the arrears, or that the arrears have accrued as a result of a change in the payor’s circumstances.
In this case, the father sought to find the mother in contempt for breach of court orders and interference with access. A finding of contempt is the most drastic enforcement mechanism available to the court as it opens the door to a range of sanctions including penal sanctions.
This recent decision from the Superior Court of Justice provides guidance for lawyers and future courts with respect to the determination of income when a payor’s income fluctuates. This case suggests that although many courts have chosen to average income to determine income for support purposes, material evidence which substantiates current income may be grounds to forego such averaging. This case provides a useful guide with regards to the jurisprudence in respect of income averaging.