Police Enforcement of a Custody and Access Order

Duff v James 2017 ONCA 606
This case concerns the scope of a judge’s jurisdiction under section 36(2) of the Children’s Law Reform Act which relates to directing a police force to enforce a child custody order. The Court of Appeal unanimously decided that the motion judge made no error in ordering that the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) enforce the child access order instead of the Waterloo Regional Police Services (WRPS).
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Breakthrough in Child Support Legislation: Coates v. Watson, 2017 ONCJ 454

This case is a monumental breakthrough in family law legislation. A mother challenged the constitutionality of child support provisions. The issue before the Court was whether section 31 of the Family Law Act (FLA) discriminated against adult disabled children of unmarried parents on the basis of parental marital status and disability, violating section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
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