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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:




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. We found a website that has consolidated the links to all Notices to the Profession and other practice notes for courts across Canada. Click here for the Ontario link. Lawyers and self reps must familiarize themselves with the divergent requirements in each 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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07 April 2020Vasilodimitrakis v. Homme, 2020 ONSC 2084Ont. S.C.J.J. Bondy
07 April 2020McArdle v. Budden, 2020 ONSC 2146Ont. S.C.J.J. Kiteley
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08 April 2020Leach v. MacDonald, 2020 ONSC 2178Ont. S.C.J.L. Madsen
08 April 2020Thibert v. Thibert, 2020 ONSC 2409Ont. S.C.J. 
08 April 2020Mann v. Mann, 2020 ONSC 2167Ont. S.C.J.J. Fowler Byrne
08 April 2020DCAS v. Quinn, 2020 ONSC 1761Ont. S.C.J.J. Zisman
09 April 2020Courchesne v. Goodwin, 2020 CanLII 26893Ont. S.C.J.J. Hebner
09 April 2020Berube v. Berube, 2020 ONSC 2221Ont. S.C.J.J. Howard
09 April 2020Ivens v. Ivens, 2020 ONSC 2194Ont. S.C.J.J. Kurz
09 April 2020Kostyrko v. Kostyrko, 2020 ONSC 2190Ont. S.C.J.L. Lemay
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14 April 2020Tigert v. Smith, 2020 ONSC 2220Ont. S.C.J.B. Tobin
14 April 2020McNulty v. Graham, 2020 ONSC 2264Ont. S.C.J.M. Fraser
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14 April 2020Lovric v. Olson, 2020 ONSC 2269Ont. S.C.J.L. Madsen
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14 April 2020Oxford County v. C.L., 2020 ONCJ 183Ont. C.J.J. Paull
15 April 2020Tudor Price v. Salhia, 2020 ONSC 2271Ont. S.C.J.J. Diamond
15 April 2020Burns v. Burns, 2020 CanLII 2795Ont. S.C.J.J. Hebner
15 April 2020Native CFS v. S.D., 2020 ONCJ 186Ont C. J.J O’Connell
15 April 2020Chahine v. Martins, 2020 ONSC 1825Ont. S.C.J.J. Faieta
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15 April 2020Chen v. Jin, 2020 ONSC 2291Ont. S.C.J.J. Jarvis
15 April 2020Trudeau v. Auger, 2020 ONCJ 197Ont. C.J.J. Kwolek
16 April 2020Hermanus v. Laurin, 2020 ONCJ 190Ont. C.J.K.S. Neill
16 April 2020Di Vetta v. Di Vetta, 2020 ONSC 2347Ont. S.C.J.J. Jarvis
16 April 2020A.A. v. R.R., 2020 ONSC 1887Ont. S.C.J.J. Faieta
17 April 2020Roberts v. Roberts, 2020 CanLII 28298Ont. S.C.J.J. Hebner
17 April 2020T.E. v. M.R., 2020 ONSC 2348Ont. S.C.J.J. Walters
17 April 2020Matus v. Gruszcynska, 2020 ONSC 2353Ont. S.C.J.H. McGee
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17 April 2020Jennings v. Thompson, 2020 ONSC 2384Ont. S.C.J.J. Minnema
20 April 2020Light-Morrow v. Chaves, 2020 ONSC 2334Ont. S.C.J.T. Minnema
20 April 2020Antora v. Alam, 2020 ONCJ 220Ont. C.J.J. Clay
20 April 2020Colasuonno v. Colasuonno¸2002 ONSC 2061Ont. S.C.J.J. Charney
20 April 2020Chatelain v. Eauwes, 2020 ONCJ 191Ont C.J.B.E. Pugsley
20 April 2020Agar v. Cameron, 2020 ONSC 2379Ont. S.C.J.J. Mitrow
20 April 2020Tomkins v. Che, 2020 ONSC 2424Ont. S.C.J.L. Madsen
21 April 2020CCAS of Toronto v. K.G., 2020 ONCJ 208Ont. C.J.J. Zisman
21 April 2020Gostautaite v. Menendez, 2020 ONSC 2454Ont. S.C.J.J. Jarvis
21 April 2020Grant v. Grant, 2020 ONSC 245Ont. S.C.J.L. Madsen
21 April 2020Medu v. Medu, 2020 ONSC 2465Ont. S.C.J.J. McSweeney
22 April 2020Lam v. Chuang, 2020 ONSC 2479Ont. S.C.J.J. Faieta
22 April 2020Multani v. Rana, 2020 ONSC 2433Ont. S.C.J.J. Kurz
23 April 2020Halton CAS v. R.O. and K.O., C46/19Ont. C.J.S. Sullivan
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23 April 2020Snively v. Gaudette, 2020 ONSC 2543Ont. S.C.J.J. Hebner
23 April 2020McKee v. Hebert, 2020 ONSC 2545Ont. S.C.J.J. Hebner
23 April 2020Paolatto v. Paolatto, 2020 ONSC 2544Ont. S.C.J.J. Hebner
23 April 2020Peerenboom v. Peerenboom, 2020 ONSC 2533Ont. S.C.J.J. Nishikawa
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27 April 2020Lovric v. Olson, 2020 ONSC 2563Ont. S.C.J.J. Braid
27 April 2020Gillespie v. Jones, 2020 ONSC 2558Ont. S.C.J.J. Diamond
27 April 2020B.B. v. A.B., 2020 ONSC 2602Ont. S.C.J.J. Jarvis
27 April 2020Scheulderman v. Kingston, 2020 ONSC 2615Ont. S.C.J.J. Trousdale
27 April 2020C.L.B. v. A.J.N., 2020 ONCJ 213Ont. C.J.J. Sherr
27 April 2020Jeyarajah v. Jeyamathan, 2020 ONSC 2636Ont. S.C.J.J. Kumaranavake
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28 April 2020West v. West¸ 2020 ONSC 2630Ont. S.C.J.J. Diamond
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28 April 2020Allman v. Allman, 2020 ONSC 2634Ont. S.C.J.J. McSweeney
28 April 2020Ahmadi v. Kalashi, 2020 ONSC 2666Ont. S.C.J.J. Jarvis
28 April 2020Chen v. Jin, 2020 ONSC 2664Ont. S.C.J.J. Jarvis
29 April 2020Carter v. Carter, 2020 ONSC 2683Ont. S.C.J.J. Jarvis
30 April 2020Pollard v. Joshi, 2020 ONSC 2701Ont. S.C.J.J. McGee
30 April 2020Lawson v. Wycott, 2020 ONSC 2730Ont. S.C.J.J. Trousdale
30 April 2020Natale v. Crupi, 2020 ONSC 2735Ont. S.C.J.J. Jarvis
30 April 2020Browning v. Browning, 2020 ONSC 2697Ont. S.C.J.J. Tobin
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01 May 2020Nhau v. Obahiagbon, 2020 ONSC 2765Ont. S.C.J.J. Timms
01 May 2020Chambers v. Klapacz, 2020 ONSC 2717Ont. S.C.J.J. Bloom
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04 May 2020Zeitoun v. Abdallah, 2020 ONSC 2770Ont. S.C.J.J. Mackinnon
04 May 2020Haghani, v. Petrovsky Haghani, 2020 ONSC 2792Ont. S.C.J.J. Pazaratz
05 May 2020Wilson v. Martincek, 2020 ONSC 2820Ont. S.C.J.J. Jarvis
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06 May 2020Blythe v. Blythe, 2020 ONSC 2871Ont. S.C.J.J. Chappel
06 May 2020Gagnon v. Skaade, 2020 ONSC 2854Ont. S.C.J.J. Jarvis
06 May 2020Brazeau v. Lejambe, 2020 ONSC 2843Ont. S.C.J.J. Pazaratz
06 May 2020Perreault v. Marleau, 2020 ONSC 2828Ont. S.C.J.J. Mackinnon
07 May 2020Robinson v. Darrah, 2020 ONSC 2840Ont. S.C.J.J. Tobin
07 May 2020Snively v. Gaudette, 2020 ONSC 2895Ont. S.C.J.J. Bondy
08 May 2020Juergens v. Tackabury, 2020 ONSC 2852Ont. S.C.J.J. Mitrow
08 May 2020Masse v. Phillip, 2020 ONSC 2906Ont. S.C.J.J. Mitrow
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11 May 2020Thornhill v. Schmidt, 2020 ONSC 2959Ont. S.C.J.J. Madsen
11 May 2020Soares v. Kilgour, 2020 ONSC 2938Ont. S.C.J.J. Breithaupt Smith
11 May 2020Edwards v. Robinson, 2020 ONSC 2956Ont. S.C.J.J. Jarvis
11 May 2020DePotter v. Smith, 2020 ONSC 2967Ont. S.C.J.J. Madsen
12 May 2020McMurray v. McMurray, 2020 ONSC 2949Ont. S.C.J.J. Sproat
12 May 2020Noriega v. Litke, 2020 ONSC 2970Ont. S.C.J.J. Price
12 May 2020C.A.S. v. J.N., 2020 ONSC 2999Ont. S.C.J.J. Piccoli
13 May 2020Dehaan v. Billings-Turner, 2020 ONSC 3002Ont. S.C.J.J. Bell
14 May 2020Gagnon v. Skaade, 2020 ONSC 3034Ont. S.C.J.J. Jarvis
14 May 2020Snively v. Gaudette, 2020 ONSC 3042Ont. S.C.J.J. Bondy
15 May 2020Ade-Ajayi v. Ngure, 2020 ONSC 3095Ont. S.C.J.J. Wildman
15 May 2020Medu v. Medu, 2020 ONSC 3055Ont. S.C.J.J. McSweeney
15 May 2020Silva v. Silva, 2020 ONSC 3073Ont. S.C.J.J. Harper
24 March 2020Ribeiro v. Wright, 2020 ONSC 1829Ont. S.C.JA. Pazaratz
24 March 2020Onuoha v. Onuoha, 2020 ONSC 1815Ont. S.C.JL. Madsen
25 March 2020Douglas v. DouglasOnt. S.C.JW.L. MacPherson
26 March 2020Cooper v. TenEyck, 2020 ONSC 1876Ont. S.C.JL. Madsen
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30 March 2020Eden v. Eden, 2020 ONSC 1991Ont. S.C.JT. Maddalena
30 March 2020Scion v. White, 2020 ONSC 1915Ont. S.C.JA. Pazaratz
30 March 2020Derkach v. Soldatova, 2020 ONSC 1992Ont. S.C.JT Maddalena
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01 April 2020Theis v. Theis, 2020 ONSC 2001Ont. S.C.J.L. Madsen
01 April 2020Francis v. Francis, 2020 ONCJ 171Ont. S.C.J.J. Clay
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03 April 2020Mohamed v. Osman, 2020 ONCJ 172 (CanLII)Ont. C.J.S.B. Sherr
03 April 2020Feldman v. Knight, 2020 ONSC 1971Ont. S.C.J.J. Chozik
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06 April 2020Sneyd v. Turmurtogoo, 2020 ONSC 1917Ont. S.C.J.J. Pazaratz
07 April 2020Cimitan v. Tarsitano, 2020 ONSC 2138Ont. S.C.J.J. Kaufman
08 April 2020Land v. Tudor, 2020 ONSC 2163Ont. S.C.J.D. Swartz
08 April 2020Matijcio v. Killick, 2020 ONSC 2058Ont. S.C.J.J. Charney
09 April 2020Russell v. Daoust, 2020 ONCJ 188Ont. C.J.J. Pugsley
14 April 2020Ramirez-Scrimshaw v. Ingram, 2020 ONSC 2278Ont. S.C.J.L. Madsen
14 April 2020Potter v. Gibson, 2020 ONSC 2268Ont. S.C.J.J. Mitrow
14 April 2020Bartlett v. Loewen, 2020 ONSC 2230Ont. S.C.J.J. Diamond
14 April 2020Lyons v. Lawlor, 2020 ONCJ 184Ont. C.J.J. Paull
15 April 2020Ross v. Kenyon, 2020 ONSC 2283Ont. S.C.J.J. Gray
16 April 2020Jefic v. Grujicic, 2020 ONSC 2340Ont. S.C.J.J. Breithaupt Smith
17 April 2020Brindley v. Silver, 2020 ONSC 2485Ont. S.C.J.R. Raikes
17 April 2020Gillier v. Hitchcock, 2020 ONSC 2338Ont. S.C.J.J. Howard
20 April 2020Mercer v. Peach and Gorda, 2020 ONSC 1922Ont. S.C.J.J. Pazaratz
21 April 2020Banner v. Chicoski, 2020 ONSC 2457Ont. S.C.J.T. Maddalena
22 April 2020Monette v. Monette, 2020 ONSC 2524Ont. S.C.J.J. Shore
23 April 2020Yeates v. Yeates, 2020 ONSC 2548Ont. S.C.J.J. Jarvis
24 April 2020Natale v. Crupi, 2020 ONSC 2555Ont. S.C.J.J. Jarvis
27 April 2020Sereacki v. Berdichevsky, 2020 ONSC 2623Ont. S.C.J.J. Faieta
28 April 2020Haaksma v. Taylor, 2020 ONSC 2656Ont. S.C.J.J. Kurz
29 April 2020Malinowsky v. Malinowska, 2020 ONSC 2644Ont. S.C.J.J. McSweeney
29 April 2020Fluet v. Arbarbanel, 2020 ONSC 2705Ont. S.C.J.M. Kaufman
29 April 2020Lakhtakia v. Mehra, 2020 ONSC 2670Ont. S.C.J.J. Horkins
04 May 2020VanDyken v. VanDyken, 2020 ONSC 2803Ont. S.C.J.J. Pazaratz
05 May 2020Burkitt v. Patterson, 2020 ONSC 2822Ont. S.C.J.J. Pazaratz
05 May 2020Cossu v. Simkins, 2020 ONSC 2801Ont. S.C.J.J. McGee
06 May 2020Duffitt v. Graham, 2020 ONSC 2845Ont. S.C.J.J. Pazaratz
06 May 2020Kane v. Kane, 2020 ONSC 2842Ont. S.C.J.J. McDermot
07 May 2020Johnson v. Johnson, 2020 ONSC 2896Ont. S.C.J.J. Pazaratz
13 May 2020Valentini v. Sweet, 2020 ONSC 3004Ont. S.C.J.J. Pazaratz
14 May 2020Murphy v. Connolly, 2020 ONSC 3047Ont. S.C.J.J. Jarvis

  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.]

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