New SCC decision on economic rights in the family

On January 25th, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that not extending spousal support and the division of property upon relationship breakdown to common-law couples, or de facto spouses, is constitutional. The case of Quebec (Attorney General)v. A, otherwise known as “Eric” v. “Lola”, involves a heterosexual couple in Quebec who lived together for…

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The Child Support Guidelines: A NAWL Response to the Federal Child Support Guidelines

NAWL’s Response to the Federal Child Support Guidelines provides recommendations and general comments regarding the proposed amendments to the Divorce Act. While supporting the objectives of the Child Support Guidelines, NAWL urges the government to ensure that the guidelines and their application accomplish the initial goal of increasing the amount and availability of support for…

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The Child Support Guidelines: A NAWL Response to Amendments to the Divorce Act and to the Working Draft of the Federal Child Support Guidelines

While supporting the Bill, NAWL points out some major areas for reform; most notably, some of the amounts are too low, and regular updating is essential. The Guidelines were put in place to reduce uncertainties and to help ensure that child support obligations are met.…

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Fairness in Family Law

This study by the Manitoba Association of Women and the Law analyses 146 Manitoba cases from January 1988 through June 1992 in which child or spousal support was an issue. It shows that gender bias results in unfairness to women after divorce and therefore adds to the poverty of their children.…

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