March 2017 Archives

Living Common-Law (Part 2): Legal Rights Related To Children

In a previous post, we began a series on the basics that common-law couples need to know about their rights and responsibilities under family law. This second post looks at the one area in which cohabiting couples are treated no differently from married couples after a separation. This involves key issues pertaining to children.

Buying Or Selling Through A Real Estate Lawyer - Yes, It's Possible

In the majority of cases, participants in the real estate market work with a real estate broker to buy or sell a property. Yet, bypassing the agent and working directly with a real estate lawyer is an alternative option.

Court Exempts Man From Supporting Child Of Adultery

Biology and behaviour are two key determining factors for child support obligations. Father a child or step into the role of parent and upon separation, a court may order an individual to share financially in raising the child. In one recent decision, an Ontario man was absolved of responsibility despite assuming a fatherly role for a child he later discovered was not his own. It’s a case that could spark lively discussion on the complexity of finding the optimal intersection between an adult’s financial obligations and the best interests of children of divorce.

Living Together: Top-Down View Of Cohabiting Couples’ Rights In Ontario

When Stats Canada first started collecting data on common-law living back in 1981, these families represented only 5.6% of those surveyed. Fast forward thirty years and the numbers have swelled to 16.7%. Yet, despite the growing popularity, many such couples are still not sure where they stand under the law – and that can be risky if the relationship ends. Our post this week is the first in a series about the basics that cohabiting couples need to know.

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  • Quinn Ross Takes Office As President Of The Ontario Bar Association

    The Ontario Bar Association (OBA) is pleased to announce Quinn Ross as the 83rd President of the OBA.

    Ross, Managing Partner of The Ross Firm, with offices in Goderich, Kincardine and Stratford, has been an active member in senior roles on the OBA board since 2012.

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  • Ross Firm Golf Tourney In Support of Huron Women’s Shelter a Swinging Success

    On behalf of the Huron Women’s Shelter and The Ross Firm P.C., we say “THANK YOU” to our many Sponsors and Donators for their outpouring of generosity and support for the annual Take a Swing Against Violence Golf Tournament held at Goderich Sunset Golf Club.

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  • Who needs a Will? You do!

    Our guests can explain why. Are you single and renting? A new Family? Or Homeowner? Enjoying your Golden Years? We all need a Will and our guest speakers will show you the why and the way.

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  • Take a Swing Against Violence

    On June 21, 2017, the Huron Women’s Shelter Second Stage Housing and Counselling Services, Board of Directors and The Ross Firm will be hosting the Taking a Swing Against Violence golf tournament at the Goderich Sunset Golf Course.

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