Rabideau Law Food Drive 2019

We are proud to announce that we will be holding a Food Drive from November 1st-29th in support of The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. Why should you donate? • The Food Bank serves a Community Food Assistance Network of more than 80 agencies and community food programs. 2,000 meals are served daily by this […]

Dont forget to Vote! Canada Federal Election 2019

Dont forget to Vote! Canada Federal Election 2019 The right to vote allows us to have an important say in how we are governed as a country.  The right has been described by Canada’s Chief Justice as lying at the heart of our democracy.  Under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms all Canadian citizens have the […]

Custody and Access: Parental Alienation

One problem that clients often come to me with is that they feel that the other parent is alienating them from their child.  This is a serious allegation and one that usually occurs during high conflict circumstances. Clients often describe this alienation as “she’s telling the kids that I hate them” or “he’s telling the […]

Child Support - Undue Hardship

Child Support: Undue Hardship

As discussed in the previous blog on child support, child support is generally seen as a non-negotiable support payment in the eyes of the court.  However, there are ways to alter child support payments.  This can be done through either a shared custody arrangement (see our blog post here), or by proving undue hardship. S. […]

Breakdown of Marriage: Physical and Mental Cruelty

Separation alone is difficult to deal with.  When the issues concerning adultery, physical and mental cruelty become involved, it can make a difficult situation that much worse.  If these concerns are a part of the separation between two spouses, courts here in Canada will implement a “no fault” regime.  This means that when a person’s […]

LGBTQ Parents and Custody and Access

One fear that some parents may have is whether their LGBTQ status might affect their rights when it comes to Custody and Access.  Thankfully, this is not in and of itself a ground to refuse custody or access to a parent as the case law below will demonstrate. Custody As mentioned in our last post […]

Bill C-45 and Real Estate Presentation

In response to Bill C-45 recently taking effect, Geoff Rabideau has taken some time to put together a presentation outlining what we do currently know about the laws surrounding Cannabis in Ontario, and what some of the potential changes may be that we will notice in respect to real estate. To view/download the PDF, please […]

Past Conduct of Parents in Determining Custody and Access

Can the Past Conduct of a Parent be Used to Determine Custody and Access?

I have had clients in the past come to me with this question wondering if they could use the behaviour of their former spouse as evidence that custody or access should be limited as a result of their actions. While this could be true, generally it will only matter where those actions have an effect […]

The Divorce Process

Should you determine that your relationship is over and that you wish to get divorced, you will need to follow the process outlined below in order to officially terminate your marriage.  If you are unsure about the nature of your relationship, take a look at our previous blog posts regarding Common law vs. Marriage and Separation […]

Canada's legalization of Cannabis Use: How will it affect family law?

Canada’s Legalization of Cannabis Use: How Will it Affect Family Law?

Canada’s new Cannabis laws came into force October 17th, 2018, and it is important that persons who choose to consume the drug be aware of what the new laws allow (for a summary of some of the new laws see http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cj-jp/cannabis/). Failure to properly understand the laws and what is permitted regarding possession, distribution, and […]