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Ontario Family Law Practice, 2012 Edition

Format Hardcover Main Volume + Softcover Forms Volume + CD-ROM (sold as a set)
Catalogue No. 978-0-433-46809-7
Pages Approx. 2000
Language English only
Price $130.00

Prepared by Justice David M. Steinberg, Justice Craig Perkins, Esther L. Lenkinski and Andrew James.
Published by Butterworths, 2011.

This is an annual publication. The 2012 edition was released November 2011.


Through twelve annual editions, Ontario Family Law Practice has been the indispensable companion for family law practitioners, judges of the Ontario family courts and general practitioners who need an authoritative guide to the practice of family law in the province. 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.

Ontario Family Law Practice, 2012 Edition provides a succinct, section-by-section annotation 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. It offers the complete range of in-depth information and up-to-date perspective required to successfully practice in this field. All the federal and provincial legislation pertaining to family law is in its pages, fully cross-indexed to ensure easy accessibility.

Highlights include:
  • All the key Ontario and federal legislation, fully annotated
  • Full text of the Family Law Rules and Forms together with detailed overview comprehensive case annotations
  • Digests of over 3,800 court decisions
  • Extensive cross-references
  • Practitioner's Notes
  • Useful appendices
  • Custody/Access Assessment Guidelines
  • Point-form case law surveys on the contentious issues
  • Limitations Table setting out the applicable substantive and procedural deadlines
  • Easy-to-use indexes for finding the relevant information instantly
Ontario Family Law Practice is published in two volumes, a hardcover Main Volume and a softcover Related Materials volume.

Main Volume:
  • Year in Review
  • Table of Acronyms and Abbreviations
  • Quick Index
  • Limitations Table
  • Table of Cases
  • Part I – Substantive Law:
    • Divorce Act, Regulations and Federal Child Support Guidelines
    • Civil Marriage Act
    • Annulment of Marriages Act
    • Marriage (Prohibited Degrees) Act
    • Change of Name Act and Regulation
    • Child and Family Services Act
    • Children's Law Reform Act and Regulation
    • Family Law Act and Child Support Guidelines (Ontario)
    • Marriage Act and Regulation (Ontario)
    • Partition Act
    • Pension Benefits Act
    • Succession Law Reform Act
    • Vital Statistics Act
  • Part II – Enforcement:
    • Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and Regulations
    • Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act
    • Creditors' Relief Act
    • Family Responsibility and Support Arrears Enforcement Act, 1996
    • Fraudulent Conveyances Act
    • Interjurisdictional Support Orders Act, 2002
    • Wages Act
  • Part III – Practice, Procedure and Evidence:
    • Evidence Act
    • Courts of Justice Act
    • Family Law Rules Overview
    • How the Family Law Rules Change Former Practice
    • Family Law Rules
Related Materials Volume:
  • Regulations
  • Practice Notes
  • Family Law Rules Forms
  • Table of Acronyms and Abbreviations
  • Index
New in this edition:
  • 2010-2011 year in review
  • Most recent amendments to Family Law Rules from O. Reg. 383/11, in force September 1, 2011
  • Bill 179 amendments to Child and Family Services Act pertaining to adoption and provision of care and maintenance, in force September 1, 2011
  • Final version of the new pension splitting provisions and regulations (to come into force January 1, 2012), along with the latest amendments to legislation and regulations throughout the book
  • Thorough review of the Supreme Court of Canada's 2011 decision in Kerr v. Baranow regarding the remedies available to common law spouses with respect to property
  • Annotations of all new Ontario Court of Appeal decisions related to family law on a variety of issues including:
    • effect of bankruptcy on equalization process, and scope of FLA s. 59.8 (Thibodeau);
    • transition periods for a graduating "child of the marriage" and effect of separation agreement in light of new circumstances (S.P. v. R.P.);
    • periodic vs. lump sum spousal support (Davis v. Crawford);
    • procedure on complaints to the Child and Family Services Review Board (Children's Aid Society of Waterloo v. D.D.);
    • effect of refugee on Hague Convention rules (A.M.R.I. v. K.E.R.);
    • when agreement to agree is binding (Ward);
    • right of spouse to waive entitlement to joint and survivor pension benefit (Smith v. Casco Inc.);
    • appeal from default order (Ketelaars);
    • when acceptance of settlement offer constituting a counter-offer (Tollinsky).
  • Updated first level case law to reflect all reported Ontario family law decisions, including a new heading for cases of parental alienation
  • Mandatory Information Program in the Family Court Branches (2011 practice direction)
  • The Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines: A New and Improved User's Guide
Included with the hardcover and softcover supplement volumes is a CD-ROM containing the Family Law Rules.

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