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    Thursday, December 6th 2018
    9:00 a.m. - 4:35 p.m.
    The Hamilton Convention Centre
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    Thursday, September 6th 2018
    10:00 a.m. - 4:25 p.m.
    HLA Library & 7th Floor Jurors' Lounge
    John Sopinka Courthouse
    (45 Main Street East, Hamilton)

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    Thursday, October 11th 2018
    9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Sheraton Hamilton Hotel - Centre/East Ballroom
    (116 King Street West, Hamilton)

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    Thursday, November 1 2018
    9:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
    Sheraton Hamilton Hotel - Grand Ballroom
    (116 King Street West, Hamilton)

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    Thursday, November 15th 2018
    2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
    7th Floor Jurors' Lounge
    John Sopinka Courthouse
    (45 Main Street East, Hamilton)

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Latest HLA News

Family Law Bill C-78

Posted on: Jun 11, 2018

Dear Family Law Representatives,

Below is a link to Bill C-78 that was introduced yesterday by the Federal Government and will be of extreme interest to those who practice family law.

http://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-78/first-reading

The amendments include the following:

Divorce Act

·         Replacing “custody” and “access” terminology with terminology relating to parenting

·         Creating a non-exhaustive list of criteria to help courts determine the “best interests of the child”

·         Creating duties for parties and legal advisers to encourage the use of family dispute resolution processes

·         Introducing measures to assist courts in addressing family violence

·         Establishing a framework for the relocation of a child

·         Simplifying certain processes, including those related to family support obligations

FOAEAA

·         Allowing the release of information to help establish and vary support provisions

·         Expanding the release of information to additional provincial family justice government entities

·         Permitting garnishment of federal moneys to recover certain family law related expenses

·         Extending the binding period of a garnishee summons

Both Divorce Act and FOAEAA

·         Implementing the Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children, concluded at The Hague on October 19, 1996 (1996 Hague Convention)

·         Implementing the Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance, concluded at The Hague on November 23, 2007 (2007 Hague Convention)

GAPDA

·         Giving priority to family support obligations

·         Simplifying processes

These proposals will promote faster, more cost-effective and lasting solutions to family law disputes, meaning less burden on courts and better outcomes for families. On the whole, this bill is about providing Canadians with better tools to address family law disputes with the promotion of the best interests of the child as its core.

We would appreciate if you would forward this email on to your local members who practice family law.

Contact

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FOLA News

Family Law Bill C-78

Posted on: Jun 11, 2018

Dear Family Law Representatives,

Below is a link to Bill C-78 that was introduced yesterday by the Federal Government and will be of extreme interest to those who practice family law.

http://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-78/first-reading

The amendments include the following:

Divorce Act

·         Replacing “custody” and “access” terminology with terminology relating to parenting

·         Creating a non-exhaustive list of criteria to help courts determine the “best interests of the child”

·         Creating duties for parties and legal advisers to encourage the use of family dispute resolution processes

·         Introducing measures to assist courts in addressing family violence

·         Establishing a framework for the relocation of a child

·         Simplifying certain processes, including those related to family support obligations

FOAEAA

·         Allowing the release of information to help establish and vary support provisions

·         Expanding the release of information to additional provincial family justice government entities

·         Permitting garnishment of federal moneys to recover certain family law related expenses

·         Extending the binding period of a garnishee summons

Both Divorce Act and FOAEAA

·         Implementing the Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children, concluded at The Hague on October 19, 1996 (1996 Hague Convention)

·         Implementing the Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance, concluded at The Hague on November 23, 2007 (2007 Hague Convention)

GAPDA

·         Giving priority to family support obligations

·         Simplifying processes

These proposals will promote faster, more cost-effective and lasting solutions to family law disputes, meaning less burden on courts and better outcomes for families. On the whole, this bill is about providing Canadians with better tools to address family law disputes with the promotion of the best interests of the child as its core.

We would appreciate if you would forward this email on to your local members who practice family law.

Contact

View All Job Opportunities

Message from the President

One of the onerous pleasures of the Presidency is the bimonthly report to the members. This one contains a little more of the “I”. Two years ago, pursuant to a survey initiated by the Trustees of the HLA, it was determined that promoting wellness initiatives for members of our profession should become a major objective. We then began to introduce the topic at seminars and brought in some speakers. We ramped it up over the past year by partnering with Momentum Fitness to offer lunch hour indoor walks over the winter months at FirstOntario Centre, and by providing Lunchtime Yoga in the HLA Library....READ.


W Patric Mackesy, President 2018-2019

The Hamilton Law Association

The Association’s affairs are governed by trustees and officers who ensure that Association undertakings are within the mandate and in the best interests of our legal community. The many valued volunteers who are members of the numerous committees within the structure of the HLA strive to represent our membership consistently and effectively. The Anthony Pepe Memorial Law Library, operated within the scope of the HLA, is one of the largest law libraries in Ontario and houses over 30,000 volumes.

The Hamilton Law Association continues to strive to educate and support its membership in the practice of law as well as to advocate for their interests as lawyers...

The staff of the Hamilton Law Association (HLA) Library cannot provide legal advice or research to members of the public directly. The HLA Library is a private library for the use of its members, and members of the Law Society of Upper Canada only. For information on finding legal help in Ontario please try the Bora Laskin Law Library's Guide to Finding Legal Help in Ontario, or to search for a lawyer practising in the Hamilton area try the HLA Find a Lawyer page.

This Web site is not intended to provide legal advice. It is intended to supply general information to our members. The information contained and distributed on this site does not contain any legal opinions and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Hamilton Law Association.

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