Family Court Filing Fee Increases

Family Court Filing Fee Increases

The Ontario Government recently increased the filing fees which are necessary to file certain Applications in Family Court in the Province. As of April 1, 2019, there are over 70 fee changes, ranging from small increases to changes that double the costs of certain services, particularly in Family Court matters. In this blog post, Fresh Legal lawyer, Jillian Allen, outlines some of these increases and how they affect your Family Court matter.

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Court Procedure: Security for Costs

Court Procedure: Security for Costs

In some higher conflict cases, it sometimes happens that one party will bring numerous frivolous motions in an attempt to delay and frustrate the litigation process. When this happens, the other party is often placed at a disadvantage, as they are forced to incur legal fees and other costs associated with preparing for and attending unnecessary court appearances.  When situations like these happen, you can bring a Motion for what is known as Security for Costs.

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Court Procedure: Costs Orders

Court Procedure: Costs Orders

In family law, like many other areas involving litigation, the old adage of “loser pays” holds true. If you are successful in family court, whether at a motion, trial, appeal, or other stage of the litigation, you can request that the other party pay you an amount to cover your costs.  In Ontario, Rule 24 of the Family Law Rules governs costs. In this post, we will discuss the particulars of Rule 24 and how costs are treated in family law, how courts decide who should recover their costs, and how much you can recover.

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