Security for Costs in Custody and Access Disputes

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.
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Striking Pleadings in Custody and Access Issues

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.
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Child Support For Children Over The Age Of Majority: Coté v. Coté, 2015 ONSC 6924

Given the increasing demand for further education in the marketplace, and the challenges that now face young adults trying to break into the workforce, it is no surprise that children are now becoming financially independent well into their adult years. As such, child support payors may be concerned about whether and how much child support should be paid for their adult children. This case addresses the issue of whether a parent must continue to pay child support for children over the age of majority and, if so, in what amount
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Hague Convention, Habitual Residence and Parens Patriae

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.
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Interim Custody – Motion to Change a Temporary Order for Custody & Access

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.
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Critique Evidence of Expert Assessment is Inappropriate

The parties never married but had a toxic on-again/off-again relationship with significant domestic violence and substance abuse issues. They had a six year old son who had spent most of his life embroiled in the midst of their parenting dispute. The main issue at trial was whether the father should have overnight access since the boy lived primarily with the mother.
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