The Demise of Oral Advocacy?
Gary Joseph

The Demise of Oral Advocacy?

While reflecting on my advocacy this week, I had time to pause and think about how I got to this point in my career. More specifically how whatever skills I do possess as an advocate, came to be. Two immediate thoughts came to mind, watching and doing. Having a great interest in the development ...

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Family Resemblance: Piercing Corporate Veil in Family, Corporate Law
Gary Joseph

Family Resemblance: Piercing Corporate Veil in Family, Corporate Law

When a marriage breaks down and corporations are involved, both family law and corporate law can be engaged in sometimes complementary, sometimes conflicting ways. This is particularly the case with piercing the corporate veil. Parties and counsel involved in these situations should keep both ...

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Wrongfully retained child returned to mother in Costa Rica under Hague Convention
Michael Stangarone

Wrongfully retained child returned to mother in Costa Rica under Hague Convention

A recent decision offers crucial guidance on wrongful retention cases under the Hague Convention, says Toronto family lawyer Michael Stangarone . While many cases decided under the Convention involve parental abduction between signatory countries, the mother in V. v. K. initially ...

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Court Examines Equality of Standard of Living in Determining Spousal Support
Michael Stangarone

Court Examines Equality of Standard of Living in Determining Spousal Support

Stoodley v. Stoodley 2021 NLCA5 is an important decision of the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal addressing the issue of spousal support and the application of the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines (SSAGs) involving high-income individuals in a long term marriage. The case offers a ...

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Stephen Kirby Interview with Walsh Family Law Moot
Stephen Kirby

Stephen Kirby Interview with Walsh Family Law Moot

Stephen Kirby , an Associate at MacDonald & Partners sheds light on how to best serve a client's interests and shares what makes practicing family law so interesting.

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Stopping Anti-Vaccination Debate in the Courts
Gary Joseph

Stopping Anti-Vaccination Debate in the Courts

Lawyer David Frenkel argued that the justice system should not have given a platform in recent court proceedings for a mother to argue against the vaccination of her children with her estranged husband. I vigorously disagree with this view.  Let me also identify that my personal views on ...

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COVID and the Continuation of Child Support
Gary Joseph

COVID and the Continuation of Child Support

While the media focuses during the pandemic has been on primary and secondary school challenges, college and university students have also been greatly impacted. Many post-secondary programs have been cancelled, suspended or deferred. Part-time jobs are almost non-existent and many children have ...

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Kristy Maurina Featured on Global News
Kristy Maurina

Kristy Maurina Featured on Global News

Big week in family law as the Divorce Act amendments come into effect.  MacDonald & Partners LLP Family Law Laywer Kristy Maurina joins Alan Carter at Global News to talk about the new regulations around domestic violence in divorce.  Catch the start around 16:20.   ...

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Lawyers and the OBA Come Blow Your Horn
Gary Joseph

Lawyers and the OBA Come Blow Your Horn

In these bleak times leadership counts. The public needs to know that despite continual government failings, leadership can be found among the practising bar and among its leadership organizations such as the OBA. In doing so, we can help restore public confidence in the administration of ...

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Breach of Court Orders and
Gary Joseph

Breach of Court Orders and 'No Audience' Concept

As an officer of the court, lawyers have a positive duty to advise clients of their obligations under an order of the court and the imperative of full compliance. However, the rights to be heard and the right of meaningful appeal are also important components of our system of justice. ...

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