Thomas Dart, Partner, Family Law


Are there any similarities between the Olympics and the family law court system? Well…..if you are caught up in a family law dispute with your life long partner, you may think so. What are the differences? 

There is competition – many times, particularly if you are in court, the

Thomas Dart

Partner, Family Law

Not too many people are aware that Judges who sit in family court are not necessarily specialized in the area of family law. Under the current system, due to lack of judicial resources, Judges are appointed to the Bench from all different legal backgrounds. Some practised criminal law, some corporate

Thomas Dart, Partner, Family Law

The Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters has published its report on Family Justice.  This committee was convened at the invitation of the Chief Justice of Canada, the Honorable Beverly McLachlan and is chaired by Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell.  It addresses the concern

Many people are surprised by the high cost of legal services when they go through separation and divorce.  It is not unusual to spend tens of thousands of dollars to have issues resolved even in an “amicable divorce”.  Here are some of the reasons.

First, in most cases, people have many issues to resolve:


A Trial Management Conference is a procedural appearance which takes place after a Settlement Conference has been held and the Family Court Application remains unsettled.

The purposes of the Trial Management Conference include:

a)    Exploring the chances of settling the case;

b)    Arranging to receive evidence by written report and agreed statements of facts, by

By Jodi Armstrong

When you are already in a stressful situation, and perhaps feeling a little overwhelmed by the issues that have arisen as a result of your separation, it would be nice, I am sure, to have a clear understanding of the meaning of the words that we family law lawyers tend to throw