As we continue to monitor the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, we are taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our staff and clients. While our office continues to remain open, we may be working remotely at times and/or have varied hours of operation. We do encourage meetings by phone or video conferencing where possible. However, for those who prefer, we are accepting in-person appointments at our office again, but using strict safety protocols.
If you have been exposed to a person who has been positively identified as having – or is suspected to have COVID-19, if you or a member of your household have been travelling in the last 14 days anywhere outside of the Province of Ontario or, if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, we would ask that you not attend our office and instead contact us to make alternative arrangements.

We continue to do our part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

For more information contact us today at 905-669-7577.

Child Custody and Access Applications

One of the numerous amendments to the Children’s Law Reform Act (the “Act”) as a result of Bill 133 (Family Law Statute Amendment Act, 2009) relates to the process for custody or access applications in certain circumstances. Section 21 of the Act is amended adding a requirement for the applicant for custody or access to file when making the application a sworn affidavit stating the following:

his or her proposed plan for the child’s care and upbringing
information about the applicant’s current or previous involvement in any family court or criminal proceedings
any information that is relevant to the court’s decision
Previously, a party could start a court application for custody or access without filing or serving a sworn statement, let alone one containing a detailed parenting plan or information about previous court proceedings

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