COVID’s impact on family law

More custody battles, domestic violence and higher divorces rates are the results of the pandemic

COVID’s impact on family law
Julie Hannaford is the president of the family law boutique J K Hannaford Barristers.

In March, just 11 days after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, an Emergency Notice of Motion of Applicant was submitted to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Hamilton, Ont., for suspension of in-person access to a child. The child’s mother said she did not want her son leaving the home for any reason, including seeing his father, whom she feared would not maintain social distancing for the child during periods of access.

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