Same Sex Partnership: The Civil Marriage Act

Same Sex Partnership

Hinks v Gallardo 20114 ONCA 494 held that a British same sex partnership was a valid spousal marriage in Ontario and presumably also in British Columbia. A Canadian and a British citizen entered into a civil partnership under the Civil Partnership Act (UK) which created… Read more

Sworn Financial Disclosure

Sworn Financial Disclosure

Shinder v Shinder 2017 ONSC 4177  sets out the importance of how sworn financial disclosure in family (and estate) court actions must be honest and complete as it is a “bedrock principle” that the parties are entitled to rely upon. The Supreme Court of Canada… Read more

Common Law Spouse Expanded

Common Law Spouse Expanded

Connor estate 2017 BCSC 978 could be a bit of a game changer for common law WESA spouses in the sense that the court finding that the parties were spouses could be an “expansion” of the concept of common law spouse. Kent J found a… Read more

Trustee For Child Under Will Has Priority

Trustee For Child Under Will Has Priority

Leniuk Estate 2016 BCSC 159 held that a trustee for a child appointed under a will has priority over a guardian appointed under the Family Law act to hold funds in trust for a child’s behalf. An application to have a guardian appointed trustee who… Read more

Unjust Enrichment in Common Law Relationships

Unjust Enrichment in Common Law Relationships

The Ontario Court of Appeal in Reiter v Hollub 2017 ONCA 186 reviewed the law of unjust enrichment and dismissed a 6 year common law spouse’s claim that she should share in the increase in the property value of the matrimonial home owned by her… Read more

Parent Money to Children: Gift or Loan?

Parent Money to Children: Gift or Loan?

Dheenshaw v Gill 2017 BCSC 319 deals with an increasingly commonly litigation problem- the advancement of large sums of parents money to their children and the subsequent determination whether  the monies were a gift or a loan when matters go ” sideways”. The court will look start… Read more

"Adopted Out" Child Cannot Contest Biological Parent's Estate Under Wills Variation

“Adopted Out” Child Cannot Contest Biological Parent’s Estate Under Wills Variation

Boer v Mikaloff Estate 2017 BCSC 21 confirmed that an “adopted out” child cannot contest the will of the biological parent’s estate under S.60 WESA (the wills variation provision) when it answered the following posed question negatively: Does a child who is adopted by other… Read more

Taxation of a Lawyers Account

Taxation of a Lawyers Account

Lawyer client relationships sometimes go off the rails and a dispute may arise about an unpaid account. The remedy is taxation of the account before a registrar of the Supreme  Court and both the client and the lawyer have the right to have the matter… Read more

Gifts In Contemplation of Marriage

Gifts In Contemplation of Marriage

Gifts In Contemplation of Marriage. P.S. v H.R. 2016 BCSC 2071 involves a claim for the return of a gift ( a $17,000  engagement ring) made in contemplation of marriage arising from a whirlwind relationship of three months that abruptly ended due to the plaintiff’s… Read more

Re-Opening a Case For New Evidence

Re-Opening a Case For New Evidence

  B(K) v B(J) 2016 BCSC 1904 involved an application for reopening a case that had been decided and attempt to introduce new evidence as to the increased valuations of two properties. The over riding test is  it in the interests of justice to do… Read more

Examinations for Discovery Ordered

Examinations for Discovery Ordered

Estate of Patricia Connor deceased, 2016 BCSC 1934 dealt with the court ordering examinations for discovery and production of various documents in an action between half siblings of the deceased and a purported spouse of the deceased as inter alia the parties knew little to nothing… Read more

Entered Court Orders

Entered Court Orders

The Court does not have jurisdiction  to re open entered court orders but may vary the order where has been a change of circumstance. The court refused to re open or vary an entered court order in Sugrim v Sugrim 2016 BCSC 1644 when after entering… Read more

Oral Marriage Agreement Upheld in Divorce

Oral Marriage Agreement Upheld in Divorce

Brown v Brown 2016 BCSC 1037 held an oral marriage agreement made between the parties to be valid and upheld it in their contested divorce. The case reads of a high spending whirl wind of a marriage complete with a week rental  $1000 day Lambourgini by the… Read more

When Does a Common Law Marriage Come to an End

It is not always clear, even between the spouses themselves, when a common law marriage came to a legal end. The Courts have accordingly developed certain guidelines to assist them. The test of whether a relationship is at an end is objective; W.A.S. v. D.W.T., 2003… Read more

The Criteria of a Marriage-Like Relationship

The Criteria of a Marriage-Like Relationship

The criteria generally speaking for a marriage- like relationship are as follows, as recently laid out in  McFarlane v. Goodburn Estate 2014 BCSC 1449: The question of whether a couple is to be regarded as having had a marriage-like relationship can be answered having regard to… Read more