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Ontario Family Law Practice, 2020 Edition + Related Materials + CD

For over a decade, Ontario Family Law Practice has been the standard text for family judges, lawyers and mediators – giving them the relevant law, practice and contact information at their fingertips.
Publication Language: English
Book + CD

Hardcover Main Volume + Softcover Related Materials + CD-ROM | 2,520 pages (Main Volume) + 672 pages (Related Materials) | Annual – Standing Order Terms Apply

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ISBN/ISSN: 9780433502821

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The Best gets Better
For over a decade, Ontario Family Law Practice has been the standard text for family judges, lawyers and mediators – giving them the relevant law, practice and contact information at their fingertips. In its pages, you'll find succinct, section-by-section annotations of the key federal and Ontario legislation and rules governing family law, organized under the three pillars of substantive law, enforcement, and practice and procedure.

Along with digests for over 4,000 cases and statutory cross-references, this book offers insight and analysis from leading members of the bar and judiciary. Key developments are noted in the year in review summary and legislation is fully cross-referenced for ease of use. Related materials are provided in the accompanying softcover volume. Only Ontario Family Law Practice continues to deliver all the family law information needed to succeed in one convenient package. Each annual edition is fully updated with a careful review of all annotations and material to make this reference uncluttered with obsolete cases, keeping just the current and applicable information in a portable format.

The 2020 Edition – What’s New?
The 2020 Edition is now reorganized to better suit the research needs of family lawyers acting on different issues:

  • Volume 1: Part I Substantive Law, Part II Practice and Procedure
  • Volume 2: Part III Enforcement, Practice Notes
  • CD-ROM: Family Law Forms and Previous Versions of Federal Child Support Guidelines


  • Bill C-78 amendments to the Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act, purporting to have more disputes settled out of court, and amending the language related to custody.
  • Extensive discussion of recent cases such as:
    • Kawartha-Haliburton Children's Aid Society v. M.W., [2019] O.J. No. 2029, 2019 (C.A.) (transition from CFSA to CYFSA re custody and access, definition of aboriginal children)
    • Children's Aid Society of Algoma v. C.A., [2018] O.J. No. 4499 (S.C.J.) (aboriginal children)
    • Children's Aid Society of Algoma (Elliot Lake) v. P.C., [2017] O.J. No. 6874 (S.C.J.); Children's Aid Society of Ottawa v. M.M., [2018] O.J. No. 620 (S.C.J.); Children's Aid Society of St. Thomas and Elgin v. A.H., [2017] O.J. No. 6581 (S.C.J.); Children's Aid Society of Toronto v. G.S., [2018] O.J. No. 1022 (S.C.J.) (children’s statements and evidence)
    • Children's Lawyer for Ontario v. Ontario (Information and Privacy Commissioner), [2018] O.J. No. 3249 (C.A.) (parent’s freedom of information access request for child-client's litigation records with the Children's Lawyer for Ontario)
    • Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto v. R.M., [2017] O.J. No. 6004 (variation of temporary order)
    • Mullin v. Sherlock, [2018] O.J. No. 6743 (C.A.) (failure to follow Family Law Rules)
  • Conflict Resolution case law under s. 24 of the Children’s Law Reform Act
  • Article on The Convergence of Family Law and Criminal Law
  • 2018-2019 Year-in-Review
  • Recently revised Family Law Rules Forms and Consolidated Practice Directions concerning Family cases

Who Should Buy

  • Family law practitioners who need a quick reference in court and before, or during client or settlement meetings
  • Non-specialist lawyers who need one-stop, easy-to-use access to the overlapping legislation and constantly evolving case law
  • Judges of Ontario family courts who demand a comprehensive and authoritative source of the law and practice in this area
  • Family Mediators and Child Protection Mediators who need to consult a reliable resource for interpretation of the law

Putting Family Law in the Palm of Your Hand
Ontario Family Law Practice is published in two volumes – a hardcover main volume to take to court (Volume 1), a softcover Related Materials volume (Volume 2), and a Forms CD-ROM.

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Table of contents

Volume 1
2018-2019 Year in Review
Quick Index
Limitations Table
Table of Cases
Part I: Substantive Law – Annotated Divorce Act, Family Law Act, Child Support Guidelines, Children's Law Reform Act, Child and Family Services Act, selected provisions of the Succession Law Reform Act, Pension Benefits Act and other related legislation
Part II: Practice and Procedure – Annotated Family Law Rules and selected provisions of the Courts of Justice Act

Volume 2
Part III: Enforcement – Annotated Federal and Ontario Statutes and Regulations, including the Family Responsibility and Support Arrears Enforcement Act, 1996 and the Interjurisdictional Support Orders Act, 2002
Child, Youth and Family Services Act Regulations

Practice Notes
Practice Note 1 Family Court Services in Ontario
Practice Note 2 Practice Directions
Practice Note 3 Integrated Domestic Violence Court
Practice Note 4 Children’s Aid Society Policy
Practice Note 5 Protocols for Handling Return Applications and Interjurisdictional Judicial Communication under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
Practice Note 6 Ontario Psychological Association Ethical Guidelines
Practice Note 7 Valuation and Income Assessment
Practice Note 8 Developments in the Treatment of Pensions under Ontario Family Law
Practice Note 9 Mediators Links
Practice Note 10 Practitioner’s Notes