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Christmas Parenting Time

Christmas Parenting Time

Christmas Parenting Time Families that celebrate Christmas want to share the holiday with their children. Christmas holidays are loaded with exciting times and traditions. It’s a holiday filled with Christmas movies and music, decorations, Christmas trees, presents, baked goods and traditional meals enjoyed with loved ones. Christmas is even more magical for families with young children.… Continue reading Christmas Parenting Time

Halloween Parenting Time

Halloween Parenting Time

Halloween Parenting Time Families with Halloween traditions want to share them with their kids. Some families carve pumpkins, decorate, bake spooky treats, make costumes, visit haunted houses and go trick-or-treating in their community. Halloween is full of fun memories (and candy) for children. After separation, parents want their children to spend Halloween with them to… Continue reading Halloween Parenting Time

Are the Kids Even Mine?

Are the Kids Even Mine?

Are the kids even mine? A mother never questions if she is the biological mother to her child. A mother knows the child is hers the moment she finds out about her pregnancy. It is usually a choice when a mother is not a biological match to her child. The mother could have used a… Continue reading Are the Kids Even Mine?

Supervised Visits

Supervised Visits

Supervised Visits In some parenting situations, one parent withholds the child from the other parent for reasons related to family violence, substance abuse issues, inappropriate discipline, inadequate parenting skills or neglect, lack of parenting experience or other significant concerns. In other situations, the child is withheld as a control tactic to dictate and control the other… Continue reading Supervised Visits

Family Violence is Not Black and White

Family Violence is Not Black and White

Abuse can happen in any relationship. In romantic relationships, the term Domestic Violence or Intimate Partner Violence are often used interchangeably. We use the term Family Violence because it extends to other non-romantic relationships like siblings or family members. What is Family Violence? Family violence is a complex social issue that takes on many forms.… Continue reading Family Violence is Not Black and White

Emergency Protection Orders

Emergency Protection Orders

Emergency Protection Orders – The Basics   An Emergency Protection Order (“EPO”) is a tool designed to help victims of family violence. By obtaining an EPO, the alleged abuser (the “Respondent”) is legally prevented from contacting the victim (the “Claimant”) and from being anywhere near the Claimant for a set period of time. An EPO… Continue reading Emergency Protection Orders

School Supplies

School Supplies

Which parent buys the school supplies? School supplies are usually not a section 7 expense. In parenting situations where one parent has day-to-day care of the child and the other parent pays child support, the child support should be sufficient to help cover the routine costs of supplies. If the school supplies are above average… Continue reading School Supplies

I don’t want to share

I don’t want to share

“You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.”   Sharing is an important skill that is required to function in society. If a child does not learn how to share, take turns or compromise, the child will struggle in social situations. The child will likely have very few, if any, friends. When disagreements arise,… Continue reading I don’t want to share

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

Author: Murray Gottheil There was once a medium-sized law firm in Ontario which had two bright, young, industrious associates. Both of these associates were being considered for partnership, back in the day when all young lawyers wanted to become partners. One of the two associates, who I will call Richard, was a shoe-in. The other… Continue reading It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

Withholding Access as a Control Tactic

Withholding Access as a Control Tactic

Separated parents often have different opinions about what is “best” for the child. Parents that fail to consider the thoughts and feelings of the child usually end up treating the child like property. This is most often accomplished when a parent withholds the child from the other parent to use the child as leverage in… Continue reading Withholding Access as a Control Tactic

Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Lawyer

Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Lawyer

These are the top four (4) mistakes people make when searching for a lawyer: (1) Asking how long a lawyer has been a lawyer.People often get caught up on the year the lawyer started practicing law. The length of time that has passed since the lawyer completed school does not mean the lawyer is experienced… Continue reading Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Lawyer

Uninvolved Parents

Uninvolved Parents

You can’t force someone to be a parent. It does not matter how much effort you put into facilitating the other parents time or how much effort you put into “making it easy” for the other parent to be involved. In order for the other parent to succeed, they must be willing to put in… Continue reading Uninvolved Parents

Parental Alienation

Parental Alienation

What do I if I suspect my children are being alienated against me? Parental alienation is when one parent attempts to turn the child against the other parent. Parental alienation involves a series of deliberate steps aimed at sabotaging the child’s relationship with the other parent. This can be accomplished by speaking negatively about the… Continue reading Parental Alienation

Children’s Possessions

Children’s Possessions

Should a childs possessions be allowed to travel between both parents households? At the breakdown of a relationship, parents establish their own households separate and apart from their former spouse. The children then travel between both households to spend time with each parent. Sometimes parents are unable to agree on whether or not the child… Continue reading Children’s Possessions

Children’s Cellphones

Children’s Cellphones

A child’s cellphone often gives parents something to fight about. Parents often disagree on who should pay the bill, who should pay to replace the phone if it is lost, stolen or broken, when the child should have access to the device, how much time the child should be allowed to spend on the device,… Continue reading Children’s Cellphones

Relocation Disputes

Relocation Disputes

What happens when one parent wants to move with the children and the other parent does not agree? Relocation disputes arise when one parent wants to move and the other parent does not want the children to move to that location. The parent disputing the move may request that the children remain in their primary… Continue reading Relocation Disputes