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Canadian Family Law

by (author) Julien D. Payne & Marilyn A. Payne

Irwin Law Inc.
Initial publish date
Oct 2008
General, Divorce & Separation
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    Publish Date
    Oct 2008
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    Publish Date
    Jan 2006
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Canadian Family Law provides expert insight into a wide variety of legal issues that confront Canadian families today.

This book has been thoroughly revised and updated to take account of legislative and judicial changes since publication of the second edition in January 2006. Fundamental revisions to the chapter 8 on Spousal Support have been necessitated by the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines and the diverse judicial responses that they have evoked. The judgment of the Supreme Court of Canada in Leskun v. Leskun has resulted in significant revisions of those sections dealing with the economic impact of spousal misconduct on spousal support, the inclusion of the obligor’s capital in determining the ability to pay spousal support , and limitations on the use of review orders. Significant changes to chapter 9 on Child Support have been necessitated by amendments to the Federal Child Support Guidelines that were implemented in May 2006. Equally important, the judgment of the Supreme Court of Canada in D.B.S. v. S.R.G; T.A.R. v. L.J.W.; Henry v. Henry; Hiemstra v. Hiemstra has resulted in new law on retroactive child support.

The book will be of particular interest to judges, legal practitioners, mediators, arbitrators and other professionals who require an understanding of the law related to families. It also provides a unique source of information for law students and their professors.


About the authors

Julien D. Payne, CM, QC, LLD, LSM, FRSC, one of Canada’s foremost family law specialists, has been called the architect of the Unified Family Court and No-Fault Divorce. He has taught family law at the Universities of Alberta, Western Ontario, Ottawa, and Saskatchewan and has written extensively about family law and family dispute resolution. His writings have been cited on hundreds of occasions by trial courts and appellate courts in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He was awarded the Law Society Medal by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2002 and was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2004. Julien D. Payne is the co-author of Child Support Guidelines in Canada, 2015, published by Irwin Law.

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Marilyn A. Payne is an experienced author and the founding editor of Payne's Divorce and Family Law Digest. She is is the co-author of Canadian Family Law, Third Edition and Child Support Guidelines in Canada, 2009, both published by Irwin Law.

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