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The Year in Review

The Year in Review

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45 minutes
Phil Epstein
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
45 minutes
$89.00 plus tax
27th Annual Institute of Family Law
Includes Handouts
Almost 200 cases a week are decided by judges in various family courts across Canada. This does not include thousands of motions that are heard on a daily basis by busy family courts and over burdened judges. Notwithstanding the considerable rise of mediations/arbitrations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, the amount of family litigation is overwhelming and certainly not decreasing. In some jurisdictions, the delays in getting either to a motion or trial are very significant and, of course, the costs are becoming out of reach for the average family. Certainly the Child Support Guidelines and the Spousal Support Guidelines have provided more certainty and predictability in family law litigation and, hopefully over time, will reduce the volume.

Phil Epstein reviews a number of cases from 2017.


Phil Epstein

Senior Partner in the firm of EPSTEIN, COLE LLP. Mr. Epstein was the former Head of the Family Law Section of the Bar Admissions Course; Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a Dispute Resolution Officer of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice; a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers; Recipient of the 1998 Award of Excellence in Family Law from the Ontario Bar Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada Medal in 1999; Co-Director of the Master's Programme in Family Law for Osgoode Law School; Adjunct Professor of Advanced Family Law, University of Toronto Law School; Co-Author and Editor-In-Chief - Separation Agreement Annotated; Editor-in-Chief of the Reports of Family Law (Carswell) and the co-author of the National Family Law News Letter “This Week in Family Law”. Mr. Epstein practices family law at all levels of courts in Ontario and in the Supreme Court of Canada. He carries on a very active practice in mediation/arbitration and lectures extensively throughout Canada to Continuing Education Programmes and the National Judicial Institute.

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