Torabi v Patterson, 2016 ONCJ 210 This case deals with an application from the maternal family (consisting of the maternal grandmother, two uncles, two aunts, and two first cousins) of a 4-year old child who recently lost his mother to cancer – the family moves for a temporary order granting them consistent, unsupervised access and…
Godard v Godard, 2015 ONCA 568 This case deals with a mother’s appeal of an order by a motion judge that found her in contempt of an access order. It highlights a parent’s responsibility to do all that they can to have their child comply with an access order – that they must go beyond…
L. (N.) v M. (R.R.), 2016 ONSC 809 This case deals with whether a court should continue to order custody or access (with or without police enforcement) where an alienated child is over the age of 16 and refuses to have any contact with the target parent. The court balances and attempts to reconcile the…
This case addresses the following two issues: Whether a parent’s supervised access to his or her children should be terminated; and Whether a parent should be permitted unsupervised access to his or her children. BACKGROUND The parties had one child together who had resided with the mother, half-brother, and step-father from birth until the Children’s…
In April 2013, the parties separated and agreed that the Appellant mother would take the children to Ontario where the children would attend school. The Respondent father executed a consent letter whereby the children would have to return to Germany by August 15, 2014. The Respondent’s letter further granted the Appellant “temporary” physical custody of the children until that date. The children and the Applicant traveled to Ontario on April 19, 2013.
In this child protection proceeding, the Respondent father brought a motion seeking DNA testing to determine if he is the biological father of the infant child, KS. The Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto who apprehended KS neither consented nor opposed the father’s motion.
The unmarried parties separated in 2009 after residing together for two years. They have a son together of whom the mother originally had temporary custody, and the father had extremely restricted access due to serious allegations the mother made against him. In 2012, the father was awarded custody and $11,500 in costs after the mother’s consistent dishonesty came to light during the custody proceedings. She was given generous access despite her deliberate attempts to alienate the child from his father. A further $20,000 in costs was awarded against the mother in 2014 following a contempt order and a suspected attempt to abduct the child from Canada.
The appellant mother, HD, and the respondent father, DD, were married and have two young children together. During the marriage, the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) became involved because of concerns for the children’s mental and emotional wellbeing as a result of exposure to domestic violence. Following separation, there were several incidents following which DD pleaded guilty to criminal harassment HD.
HD was later granted sole custody on a consent Order. CAS recommended against unsupervised access for the father, but DD refused to engage in supervised access. After receiving a positive and supportive response from CAS, HD moved with the children to Alberta. At this point, the father had not seen the children for nearly 6 months.
DD brought a motion to vary the consent Order to gain custody of the children. An ex parte Order was made in Ontario ordering HD to return the children to DD’s temporary care while the motion to vary was adjourned. HD returned to Ontario for the hearing while the children remained in Alberta as per an arrangement with child welfare authorities.
The parties married in an Islamic wedding ceremony in England, subsequently married legally in Ontario, and have a young son together. In the two years after the child’s birth, the family traveled extensively, splitting their living arrangements for a few months at a time between Pakistan, Ontario, and England. They lived in Ontario for less than a year then went to stay in Pakistan where the father intended to build a business. The family planned to eventually return to live in Ontario.
While in Pakistan, the mother took the son to stay with her parents. Once the father learned that she had taken him to England, he reported the abduction, returned to Ontario, and commenced an application to have the child returned to Ontario. The mother began proceedings in England and received an ex parte order preventing the child’s removal from the U.K.
The parties separated on March 11, 2014, however, a trial would not take place until February of 2016 to determine custody and access arrangements for their two young children on a final basis.
After separation, the father remained in the matrimonial home near the children’s school in Hamilton and the mother moved in with her step-father in Burlington, which was much further from the children’s school.