Family Law Litigation Handbook (Ontario), 2nd Edition

Gary Joseph; MacDonald & Partners LLP; Stephen Kirby

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This concise and practical pocket manual provides portable guidance for quick consultation and reference for Ontario family law litigators, clerks and law students, while in court, client meetings, classrooms, libraries and the office.

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This edition includes expanded discussion on the topics of disclosure, motions for summary judgment, experts and costs.

Recent decisions considered include the following:

  • The Ontario Court of Appeal emphasized the central importance of financial disclosure in family litigation - Roberts v. Roberts (2015 Ont. C.A.)
  • The Ontario Court of Appeal concluded that draft reports are not automatically discoverable and provided guidance relating to disclosure and expert evidence - Moore v. Getahun (2015 Ont. C.A.; leave to appeal refused (S.C.C.))
  • Justice Benotto stated that she supported the Superior Court’s approach in Mayfield and suggested that critique reports should rarely be admitted and should be given very little weight even if they are admitted - M. v. F. (2015 Ont. C.A.)
  • The Court of Appeal distinguished experts, who they labelled “participant experts,” from “litigation experts,” who were retained only for purpose of providing evidence in the litigation - Westerhof v. Gee Estate (2015 Ont. C.A.; leave to appeal refused (S.C.C.)

 "... the book is easy to navigate with a table of contents, table of cases, and index. This book is recommended for practicing family lawyers and law students enrolled in a practicum course in family court."

From the book review by Joanna Kozakiewicz, Manager, Library Reference Services, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, 2018 Canadian Law Library Review/Revue canadienne des bibliothèques de droit, Volume/Tome 43, No. 1


Practice Area:
Family Law,Intellectual Property Law


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