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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Spousal Support and Pension Income in the Case of Boston v. Boston

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Based on a LEAF press release (July 12, 2001, online at http://www.leaf.ca) This past July, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in the Ontario case of Boston v. Boston ([2001] SCJ No. 45, QL). The ruling addresses the issue of whether a pension income can be…

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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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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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Gender Equality in the Courts

Documents widespread sex discrimination in the treatment of female lawyers, law students, law professors and women before the courts, as well as in the outcome of certain types of litigation. Recommends that education programs be developed for the use of judges, lawyers, and law professors and that a national task force be formed.…

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A Brief Submitted to the Special Committee on Child Care

To fulfil the Charter’s guarantee of equal protection and benefit of the law, the government must provide child care. Discusses cost-sharing between the provincial and federal governments and gives analysis, with recommendations for improvement regarding funding, unemployment programmes and child care centres.…

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