The COVID-19 crisis has given rise to urgent and evolving family law issues. To help you find current family law information, here are some key resources that address those legal issues directly related to the pandemic, such as access in shared child custody and what constitutes an urgent family law matter that will be heard by the courts.
This Week in Family Law (Franks & Zalev) on WestlawNext Canada – Family Source
Check this newsletter regularly to get the COVID-19 Update, a weekly recap of cases and commentary on new developments, and to access the Epstein Cole COVID-19 Case Chart which includes more than 40 family law cases that have dealt with COVID-19 related issues.
(Thomson Reuters is currently offering all LSO licensees free 30-day access to Westlaw Next Canada.)
Urgent Family Law Cases During COVID-19 (Kathryn Hendrikx) – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance on Lexis Practice Advisor
This source lists all current urgent family law motions heard in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice since March 18, 2020. See the accompanying practice note, Urgent Family Law Motions During COVID-19 for a discussion of procedure on urgent motions.
(LexisNexis Canada is offering a free a trial of Lexis Practice Advisor and free access to their COVID-19 Document Kit)
Lawyer’s Daily COVID-19 Updates
Legal news and updates relating to the corona virus for all practice area are freely accessible on the Lawyer’s Daily website. See for example, Determining urgency in family law during pandemic: Ribeiro v. Wright, by Alex Boland, Lawyer’s Daily, April 06, 2020.
Ontario Court Notices:
Setting out the scope and procedure for urgent matters:
- COVID-19 Pandemic – Scheduling of Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice (March 28, 2020)
- Notice to the Profession, the Public and the Media Regarding Civil and Family Proceedings – Update (Superior Court of Justice, April 2, 2020)
Public Legal Information:
“Urgent” Court Cases and COVID-19, updated April 21, 2020 (NSRLP)
Guidance and recent decisions to clarify what the courts consider to be “urgent” during the pandemic.
Template Social Distancing Clauses for Parents, updated April 16, 2020 (NSRLP)
Sample clauses on social distancing undertakings for parents with shared custody arrangements.
COVID‑19 Family Law (CLEO Steps to Justice)
Answers for the public to questions about access, child and spousal support, family violence and going to court during the pandemic.
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