Custody and Access: The Impact of Religion

Custody and Access: The Impact of Religion

In previous posts, we have reviewed what “custody” and “access” mean, and also how custody is decided. A child’s religious and cultural background are relevant factors in deciding custody and access. Recent amendments to the Divorce Act specifically list “the child’s cultural, linguistic, religious and spiritual upbringing and heritage, including Indigenous upbringing and heritage” as a factor in determining a child’s best interests. In this post, Fresh Legal intern and University of Ottawa law student, Jordan Levy, discusses a case where this factor was considered.

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Child Support: Support for Grandchildren

Child Support: Support for Grandchildren

Families of today are growing increasingly more complex, and grandparents are beginning to play a far more active role in the lives and upbringing of their grandchildren. This ever-changing legal landscape is evidenced by the recent changes to the Children’s Law Reform Act in 2016 that gave grandparents legal standing to apply for custody and access rights to their grandchildren.  While grandparents’ rights to apply for custody and access rights is firmly set in legislation, what is more uncertain is whether grandparents can be ordered to pay child support for their grandchildren. In this post we will discuss the legal grey area of grandparents and child support in light of a current case which could possibly be precedent-setting.

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