The Canada Child Tax Benefit and Canada Child Benefit help eligible families with the cost of raising children. The primary caregiver of the children is entitled to collect these benefits. Following a separation or divorce however, determining who is the primary caregiver and who is entitled to these benefits can be a confusing and messy exercise. Chartered Accountant, Tim Cestnick, provides further insight into this issue in a recent article published in the Globe and Mail.
Litigants are not rewarded for bad behaviour. In a recent decision out of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, a father was ordered to pay $420,000 in costs to his former spouse, after losing the case for custody of their young daughter.
The Trademarks Act (the “Act”) contains a unique provision that allows “public authorities” to by-pass the normal trademark registration application process and to protect their “official marks” indefinitely. There is no similar provision in any other country’s trademark protection regime.
Although now 10 years old, Tug of War: A Judge’s Verdict on Separation, Custody Battles, and the Bitter Realities of Family Court, by Justice Harvey Brownstone of the Ontario Court of Justice, remains an insightful and powerful read on the uses and misuses of family court.