Covid Tag

There are so many posts on social media and in the mainstream media regarding the isolation of people while we are told to "Stay Home" during the Covid 19 crisis. All of us are being asked to limit our contact with loved ones and to place physical distance between ourselves. In Canada, we live in a culture which values physical touch as a sign of love and affection, as such, being asked not to hug or come near is placing an unknown toll on many. But perhaps this crisis has brought something to the forefront that is long overdue - awareness and gratitude for those we love. We are now stopping our busy lives and connecting with elderly parents and grandparents on a daily basis. We are thinking of those who are homeless and that they can't "Stay Home" as they have no place to...

In Ontario, we face an unprecedented public health crisis due to a novel coronavirus, or Covid-19.  For families who have experienced separation and divorce, co-parenting in this environment can be stressful, particularly if communication is already a challenge.  At present, both the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice have reduced operations but remain available to preside over urgent matters. In addition, on-site family mediation and information services have been temporarily suspended.  At the direction of the provincial government in Ontario, all non-essential services and businesses have been directed to close which impacts parents’ ability to access alternative dispute resolution and other family law professionals.  So, what is a parent to do? 1.  Parenting Plan as Usual Regardless of emerging parenting plan issues, parents are discouraged from using any public health emergency as an attempt to alter their parenting plan.  Current examples of this may be a parent returning from a March Break holiday with...