COVID-19 & ONTARIO FAMILY LAW - NEW CHALLENGES, NEW SOLUTIONS

INTRODUCTION

FROM GENE C. COLMAN: The current virus crisis has presented extraordinary challenges to separated parents and their lawyers. This predicament requires that we all use common sense and try to work cooperatively to craft solutions that prioritize children's needs. Unfortunately, some parents might not be able to be sensible and that's why it is important to have an Ontario family law lawyer who is sensitive but proactive when dealing with COVID-19 custody-access parenting time issues (and even child and spousal support issues).

Here are some resources that parents will hopefully find useful:

CUSTODY, ACCESS, PARENTING TIME

CHILD & SPOUSAL SUPPORT

NOTICES RE CLOSURES AND RESTRICTED ACCESS TO ONTARIO FAMILY COURTS

Which Court?: In Ontario, Family Law cases may be heard in the Ontario Court of Justice, in the Superior Court of Justice, or in the Unified Family Court where such courts exist (the U.F.C. is at the Superior Court of Justice level). Locations of unified courts can be found here. First you need to know where your case should be, especially if you believe that you have a truly emergency matter. You don't want to end up going to the wrong court.

Court closure solutions?: Here are a few ideas that lawyers (yes, lay people too) can use to try to overcome blockages caused by court closures:

  1. Engage the other lawyer proactively, respectfully and constructively.
  2. Try to solutionize with the other lawyer together rather than just bombastically threaten.
  3. Provide authoritative information re health risks and how they can be minimized when dealing with children transferring residences.
  4. Where health risks mandate keeping the children in one location, if you act for that parent ensure that the other parent has ample face time via computer, smart phone, etc. Enumerate with the other side the privacy ground rules for such contact. It would be a good idea to have the parents sign on to such ground rules.
  5. Where the other lawyer will not work cooperatively, propose solutions in writing. You are creating a written record. There will ultimately be a day of reckoning.
  6. Show how a private justice solution will bring peace of mind to both parents. In other words, use Mediation, Mediation/Arbitration ("Med Arb"), Arbitration.
  7. Where the support payor has become unemployed, try to work together to have limited funds meet the needs of the children as much as possible.

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COVID-19 FAMILY COURT CASES

CASES WHERE THE COURT FOUND URGENCY AND MOTION GRANTED

Date

Citation

Court

Justice

18 March 2020

Smith v. Sieger, 2020 ONSC 1681, [2020] O.J. No. 1120

Ont. S.C.J

R.P. Kaufman

19 March 2020

Hrvoic v. Hrvoic, 2020 ONSC 1703

Ont. S.C.J.

F.L. Myers

20 March 2020

Jackman v. Doyle, 2020 ONSC 1875, [2020] O.J. No. 1280

Ont. S.C.J

J.F. Diamond

26 March 2020

Davis v. Eby, 2020 ONSC 1876, [2020] O.J. No. 1305

Ont. S.C.J

L.M. Walters

26 March 2020

Skuce v. Skuce, 2020 ONSC 1881

Ont. S.C.J

A. Doyle

26 March 2020

Chrisjohn v. Hillier, Court File No. F1098/18, London

Ont. S.C.J

V. Mitrow

26 March 2020

Le v. Norris, 2020 ONSC 1932

Ont. S.C.J

C.J. Conlan

27 March 2020

Zee v. Quon, Court File No. FS-16-412436, Toronto

Ont. S.C.J

E.L. Nakonechny

27 March 2020

Perkins v. Macierzynska, Court File No. FC-19-876

Ont. S.C.J

M. Shelston

27 March 2020

Simcoe Muskoka Child and Youth Family Services v. JH, 2020 ONSC 1941

Ont. S.C.J

R.S. Jain

27 March 2020

H v. H, 2020 ONSC 1927

Ont. S.C.J

L. Madsen

27 March 2020

S.W-P. v. S.P., 2020 ONSC 1913

Ont. S.C.J

A. Pazaratz

30 March 2020

L-A.F. v. K.V.S., 2020 ONSC 1914

Ont. S.C.J

A. Pazaratz

30 March 2020

Thomas v. Wohleber, 2020 ONSC 1965

Ont. S.C.J

M. Kurz

30 March 2020

Tessier v Rick, 2020 ONSC 1886

Ont. S.C.J

P. MacEachern

30 March 2020

L. B-M. v. M.M., 2020 ONSC 1958

Ont. S.C.J

F. Kiteley

30 March 2020

Baijnauth v. Baijnauth, 2020 ONSC 1974

Ont S.C.J.

L. McSweeney

30 March 2020

CAS Halton Region v. T.B., 2020 ONCJ 166

Ont. C.J.

S. Sullivan

31 March 2020

Scharafanowicz v. DeMerchant, 2020 ONSC 1916

Ont. S.C.J

A. Pazaratz

31 March 2020

Phipps v. Petts, 2020 ONSC 1999

Ont. S.C.J

L. Madsen

31 March 2020

Placha v. Bennett, 2020 ONCJ 164

Ont. C.J.

B. E. Pugsley

31 March 2020

Guerin v. Guerin, 2020 ONSC 2016

Ont. S.C.J.

L. Madsen

31 March 2020

Balbontin v. Luwawa, 2020 ONSC 1996

Ont. S.C.J.

D.A. Jarvis

31 March 2020

Amirzada v. Alemy, 2020 ONSC 1979

Ont. S.C.J.

J.T. Akbarali

1 April 2020

Burton v. Woods, 2020 ONCJ 173

Ont. C.J.

B.E. Pugsley

02 April 2020

Chin v. Omeally, 2020 ONSC 2029

Ont. S.C.J.

L. Madsen

02 April 2020

Elsaesser v. Rammeloo, 2020 ONSC 2025

Ont. S.C.J.

L. Madsen

02 April 2020

CAS Toronto v. S. S., 2020 ONCJ 170

Ont. C.J.

R. Zisman

02 April 2020

CAS Toronto v. T.F., 2020 ONCJ 169

Ont. C.J.

M.B. Pawagi

03 April 2020

Bozzo v. Cartagena, Court File No. 1728/17

Ont. S.C.J.

C. Brown

03 April 2020

Young v. Sherwood, 2020 ONSC 2038

Ont. S.C.J.

L. Madsen

03 April 2020

Lee v. Lee, 2020 ONSC 2044 (CanLII)

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Diamond

03 April 2020

Thomson v. Fleming, 2020 ONSC 2036

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Baltman

03 April 2020

Hall v. Thomas, 2020 ONSC 2088

Ont. S.C.J.

R.A. Lococo

06 April 2020

Booth v. Bilek, 2020 ONSC 2116

Ont. S.C.J.

D. Baltman

06 April 2020

Matour v. Hashemian, 2020 ONSC 2112

Ont. S.C.J.

L. Madsen

06 April 2020

Harrington v. Dennison, 2020 ONSC 2114

Ont. S.C.J.

L. Madsen

06 April 2020

Simcoe Muskoka CYFS v. C.B., 2020 ONSC 2109

Ont. S.C.J.

J. McDermot

06 April 2020

Fazuludeen v. Abdulrazack, 2020 ONSC 2123

Ont. S.C.J.

J. McDermot

06 April 2020

Rothschild v. Rothschild, 2020 ONSC 2117

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Kiteley

06 April 2020

Livingston v. Cooper, 2020 ONCJ 174

Ont. C.J.

S. O'Connell

06 April 2020

Harrington v. Dennison, 2020 ONSC 2114

Ont. S.C.J.

L. Madsen

06 April 2020

Nasso v. Nasso, 2020 ONSC 2131

Ont. S.C.J.

D.A. Jarvis

07 April 2020

Ghazanfari v. Pasalar, 2020 ONSC 2145

Ont. S.C.J.

D.A. Jarvis

07 April 2020

Vasilodimitrakis v. Homme, 2020 ONSC 2084

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Bondy

07 April 2020

McArdle v. Budden, 2020 ONSC 2146

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Kiteley

07 April 2020

White v. Tracey, 2020 ONSC 2154

Ont. S.C.J.

D.A. Jarvis

08 April 2020

Leach v. MacDonald, 2020 ONSC 2178

Ont. S.C.J.

L. Madsen

08 April 2020

Thibert v. Thibert, 2020 ONSC 2409

Ont. S.C.J.

08 April 2020

Mann v. Mann, 2020 ONSC 2167

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Fowler Byrne

08 April 2020

DCAS v. Quinn, 2020 ONSC 1761

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Zisman

09 April 2020

Courchesne v. Goodwin, 2020 CanLII 26893

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Hebner

09 April 2020

Berube v. Berube, 2020 ONSC 2221

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Howard

09 April 2020

Ivens v. Ivens, 2020 ONSC 2194

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Kurz

09 April 2020

Kostyrko v. Kostyrko, 2020 ONSC 2190

Ont. S.C.J.

L. Lemay

09 April 2020

Smith v. Smith, 2020 ONCJ 180

Ont. C.J.

J. Caspers

14 April 2020

CAS Torontov. O.O., 2020 ONCJ 179

Ont C.J.

J. Zisman

14 April 2020

Tigert v. Smith, 2020 ONSC 2220

Ont. S.C.J.

B. Tobin

14 April 2020

McNulty v. Graham, 2020 ONSC 2264

Ont. S.C.J.

M. Fraser

14 April 2020

Burton v. Burton, 2020 CanLII 27532

Ont S.C.J.

J. Hebner

14 April 2020

Lovric v. Olson, 2020 ONSC 2269

Ont. S.C.J.

L. Madsen

14 April 2020

Stewart v. Reid, 2020 ONSC 2262

Ont. S.C.J.

P. MacEachern

14 April 2020

Oxford County v. C.L., 2020 ONCJ 183

Ont. C.J.

J. Paull

15 April 2020

Tudor Price v. Salhia, 2020 ONSC 2271

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Diamond

15 April 2020

Burns v. Burns, 2020 CanLII 2795

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Hebner

15 April 2020

Native CFS v. S.D., 2020 ONCJ 186

Ont C. J.

J O'Connell

15 April 2020

Chahine v. Martins, 2020 ONSC 1825

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Faieta

15 April 2020

Fowkes v. Anderson, 2020 CanLII 28299

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Hebner

15 April 2020

Chen v. Jin, 2020 ONSC 2291

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Jarvis

15 April 2020

Trudeau v. Auger, 2020 ONCJ 197

Ont. C.J.

J. Kwolek

16 April 2020

Hermanus v. Laurin, 2020 ONCJ 190

Ont. C.J.

K.S. Neill

16 April 2020

Di Vetta v. Di Vetta, 2020 ONSC 2347

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Jarvis

16 April 2020

A.A. v. R.R., 2020 ONSC 1887

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Faieta

17 April 2020

Roberts v. Roberts, 2020 CanLII 28298

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Hebner

17 April 2020

T.E. v. M.R., 2020 ONSC 2348

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Walters

17 April 2020

Matus v. Gruszcynska, 2020 ONSC 2353

Ont. S.C.J.

H. McGee

17 April 2020

Pappas v. Volavka, 2020 ONSC 2856

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Nakonechny

17 April 2020

Jennings v. Thompson, 2020 ONSC 2384

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Minnema

20 April 2020

Light-Morrow v. Chaves, 2020 ONSC 2334

Ont. S.C.J.

T. Minnema

20 April 2020

Antora v. Alam, 2020 ONCJ 220

Ont. C.J.

J. Clay

20 April 2020

Colasuonno v. Colasuonno¸2002 ONSC 2061

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Charney

20 April 2020

Chatelain v. Eauwes, 2020 ONCJ 191

Ont C.J.

B.E. Pugsley

20 April 2020

Agar v. Cameron, 2020 ONSC 2379

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Mitrow

20 April 2020

Tomkins v. Che, 2020 ONSC 2424

Ont. S.C.J.

L. Madsen

21 April 2020

CCAS of Toronto v. K.G., 2020 ONCJ 208

Ont. C.J.

J. Zisman

21 April 2020

Gostautaite v. Menendez, 2020 ONSC 2454

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Jarvis

21 April 2020

Grant v. Grant, 2020 ONSC 245

Ont. S.C.J.

L. Madsen

21 April 2020

Medu v. Medu, 2020 ONSC 2465

Ont. S.C.J.

J. McSweeney

22 April 2020

Lam v. Chuang, 2020 ONSC 2479

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Faieta

22 April 2020

Multani v. Rana, 2020 ONSC 2433

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Kurz

22 April 2020

Lafond v. Blouin, 2020 ONSC 2396

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Doyle

23 April 2020

Halton CAS v. R.O. and K.O., C46/19

Ont. C.J.

S. Sullivan

23 April 2020

Bedi v. Shafi, 2020 ONSC 2461

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Bloom

23 April 2020

Snively v. Gaudette, 2020 ONSC 2543

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Hebner

23 April 2020

McKee v. Hebert, 2020 ONSC 2545

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Hebner

23 April 2020

Paolatto v. Paolatto, 2020 ONSC 2544

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Hebner

23 April 2020

Peerenboom v. Peerenboom, 2020 ONSC 2533

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Nishikawa

23 April 2020

CCAS of Toronto v. D.A., 2020 ONCJ 2056

Ont. C.J.

J. Finlayson

24 April 2020

Golevski v. Golevski, 2020 ONSC 2553

Ont S.C.J.

J. Hebner

24 April 2020

Goldman v. Kudelya, 2020 ONSC 2567

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Jarvis

24 April 2020

McCumber v. Barnes, 2020 ONSC 2706

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Minnema

24 April 2020

Brown v. Kirwan, 2020 ONSC 2588

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Hebner

24 April 2020

T.P. v. C.S., 2020 ONCJ 210

Ont. C.J.

J. Paull

27 April 2020

Lovric v. Olson, 2020 ONSC 2563

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Braid

27 April 2020

Gillespie v. Jones, 2020 ONSC 2558

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Diamond

27 April 2020

B.B. v. A.B., 2020 ONSC 2602

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Jarvis

27 April 2020

Scheulderman v. Kingston, 2020 ONSC 2615

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Trousdale

27 April 2020

C.L.B. v. A.J.N., 2020 ONCJ 213

Ont. C.J.

J. Sherr

27 April 2020

Jeyarajah v. Jeyamathan, 2020 ONSC 2636

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Kumaranavake

27 April 2020

L.B-M. v. M.M., 2020 ONSC 2599

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Kiteley

28 April 2020

West v. West¸ 2020 ONSC 2630

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Diamond

28 April 2020

Wallegham v. Spigelski, 2020 ONSC 2663

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Pazaratz

28 April 2020

Allman v. Allman, 2020 ONSC 2634

Ont. S.C.J.

J. McSweeney

28 April 2020

Ahmadi v. Kalashi, 2020 ONSC 2666

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Jarvis

28 April 2020

Chen v. Jin, 2020 ONSC 2664

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Jarvis

29 April 2020

Carter v. Carter, 2020 ONSC 2683

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Jarvis

30 April 2020

Pollard v. Joshi, 2020 ONSC 2701

Ont. S.C.J.

J. McGee

30 April 2020

Lawson v. Wycott, 2020 ONSC 2730

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Trousdale

30 April 2020

Natale v. Crupi, 2020 ONSC 2735

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Jarvis

30 April 2020

Browning v. Browning, 2020 ONSC 2697

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Tobin

30 April 2020

Grossman v. Kline, 2020 ONSC 2714

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Akbarali

01 May 2020

Nhau v. Obahiagbon, 2020 ONSC 2765

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Timms

01 May 2020

Chambers v. Klapacz, 2020 ONSC 2717

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Bloom

01 May 2020

Allman v. Allman, 2020 ONSC 2779

Ont. S.C.J.

J. McSweeney

01 May 2020

Thibodeau v. Moulder, 2020 ONSC 2745

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Howard

04 May 2020

Zeitoun v. Abdallah, 2020 ONSC 2770

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Mackinnon

04 May 2020

Haghani, v. Petrovsky Haghani, 2020 ONSC 2792

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Pazaratz

05 May 2020

Wilson v. Martincek, 2020 ONSC 2820

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Jarvis

05 May 2020

White v. Best, 2020 ONSC 2816

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Pazaratz

06 May 2020

Blythe v. Blythe, 2020 ONSC 2871

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Chappel

06 May 2020

Gagnon v. Skaade, 2020 ONSC 2854

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Jarvis

06 May 2020

Brazeau v. Lejambe, 2020 ONSC 2843

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Pazaratz

06 May 2020

Perreault v. Marleau, 2020 ONSC 2828

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Mackinnon

CASES WHERE THE COURT DID NOT FIND URGENCY

Date

Citation

Court

Justice

24 March 2020

Ribeiro v. Wright, 2020 ONSC 1829

Ont. S.C.J

A. Pazaratz

24 March 2020

Onuoha v. Onuoha, 2020 ONSC 1815

Ont. S.C.J

L. Madsen

25 March 2020

Douglas v. Douglas

Ont. S.C.J

W.L. MacPherson

26 March 2020

Cooper v. TenEyck, 2020 ONSC 1876

Ont. S.C.J

L. Madsen

28 March 2020

S.C. v. R.C., 2020 ONSC 1845, [2020] O.J. No. 1287

Ont. S.C.J

P. MacEachern

30 March 2020

Eden v. Eden, 2020 ONSC 1991

Ont. S.C.J

T. Maddalena

30 March 2020

Scion v. White, 2020 ONSC 1915

Ont. S.C.J

A. Pazaratz

30 March 2020

Derkach v. Soldatova, 2020 ONSC 1992

Ont. S.C.J

T Maddalena

31 March 2020

Reitzel v. Reitzel, 2020 ONSC 1977

Ont. S.C.J

L. Madsen

31 March 2020

FCS of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington v. S.F., 2020 ONSC 2295

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Minnema

01 April 2020

Theis v. Theis, 2020 ONSC 2001

Ont. S.C.J.

L. Madsen

01 April 2020

Francis v. Francis, 2020 ONCJ 171

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Clay

02 April 2020

Bruni v. Daunheimer-Bruni, 2020 ONSC 2017

Ont. S.C.J.

L. Madsen

02 April 2020

Mills v. Mills, 2020 ONSC 2008

Ont. S.C.J.

S. Shore

03 April 2020

Mohamed v. Osman, 2020 ONCJ 172 (CanLII)

Ont. C.J.

S.B. Sherr

03 April 2020

Feldman v. Knight, 2020 ONSC 1971

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Chozik

03 April 2020

Hamad v. Al-Rewashdy, 2020 ONSC 2093

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Mackinnon

06 April 2020

Sneyd v. Turmurtogoo, 2020 ONSC 1917

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Pazaratz

07 April 2020

Cimitan v. Tarsitano, 2020 ONSC 2138

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Kaufman

08 April 2020

Land v. Tudor, 2020 ONSC 2163

Ont. S.C.J.

D. Swartz

08 April 2020

Matijcio v. Killick, 2020 ONSC 2058

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Charney

09 April 2020

Russell v. Daoust, 2020 ONCJ 188

Ont. C.J.

J. Pugsley

14 April 2020

Ramirez-Scrimshaw v. Ingram, 2020 ONSC 2278

Ont. S.C.J.

L. Madsen

14 April 2020

Potter v. Gibson, 2020 ONSC 2268

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Mitrow

14 April 2020

Bartlett v. Loewen, 2020 ONSC 2230

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Diamond

14 April 2020

Lyons v. Lawlor, 2020 ONCJ 184

Ont. C.J.

J. Paull

15 April 2020

Ross v. Kenyon, 2020 ONSC 2283

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Gray

16 April 2020

Jefic v. Grujicic, 2020 ONSC 2340

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Breithaupt Smith

17 April 2020

Brindley v. Silver, 2020 ONSC 2485

Ont. S.C.J.

R. Raikes

17 April 2020

Gillier v. Hitchcock, 2020 ONSC 2338

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Howard

20 April 2020

Mercer v. Peach and Gorda, 2020 ONSC 1922

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Pazaratz

21 April 2020

Banner v. Chicoski, 2020 ONSC 2457

Ont. S.C.J.

T. Maddalena

22 April 2020

Monette v. Monette, 2020 ONSC 2524

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Shore

23 April 2020

Yeates v. Yeates, 2020 ONSC 2548

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Jarvis

24 April 2020

Natale v. Crupi, 2020 ONSC 2555

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Jarvis

27 April 2020

Sereacki v. Berdichevsky, 2020 ONSC 2623

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Faieta

28 April 2020

Haaksma v. Taylor, 2020 ONSC 2656

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Kurz

29 April 2020

Malinowsky v. Malinowska, 2020 ONSC 2644

Ont. S.C.J.

J. McSweeney

29 April 2020

Fluet v. Arbarbanel, 2020 ONSC 2705

Ont. S.C.J.

M. Kaufman

29 April 2020

Lakhtakia v. Mehra, 2020 ONSC 2670

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Horkins

04 May 2020

VanDyken v. VanDyken, 2020 ONSC 2803

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Pazaratz

05 May 2020

Burkitt v. Patterson, 2020 ONSC 2822

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Pazaratz

05 May 2020

Cossu v. Simkins, 2020 ONSC 2801

Ont. S.C.J.

J. McGee

06 May 2020

Duffitt v. Graham, 2020 ONSC 2845

Ont. S.C.J.

J. Pazaratz

06 May 2020

Kane v. Kane, 2020 ONSC 2842

Ont. S.C.J.

J. McDermot


CASE THAT DID NOT ADDRESS URGENCY ISSUE DIRECTLY

6 March 2020, Justice S.B. Sherr, Toronto Ont. O.C.J., at paragraph 84: S.A. v. Y.M., 2020 ONCJ 147, [2020] O.J. No. 1161 [The judge excludes from father's time extra March Break time on account of Covid-19.]