The Impact of COVID-19 / Coronavirus on Family Law

Kimberley Wilton, B.Sc. (Hons.), B.A., J.D.Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Child Support, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Custody and Access, Divorce, Family Law, Interjurisdictional Disputes, Mobility Issues, Separation, Separation Agreements, Spousal Support0 Comments

The current COVID-19 pandemic has dominated our working and private lives. It is not surprising that the pandemic has greatly impacted all areas of family law and has created unprecedented challenges for separated parents. Self-isolation and social distancing orders have presented a host of challenges for parents dealing with access and parenting arrangements. Many parents have lost jobs or suffered other economic losses during the pandemic which has left them unable to fulfill their current support obligations.

An increase in domestic violence has been another unfortunate result of the pandemic, which may increase the need for restraining orders and peace bonds. While the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice have suspended regular operations, they continue to hear urgent family law matters. The closure of the courts highlights the need for cooperation between parents and their counsel during these times.

At Gilbertson Davis LLP, we have been diligently following and monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on family law. We have put together an update on how the pandemic relates to different areas of family law.

Child Custody and Access

Closure of the Courts

Child and Spousal Support

Wills and Estates

  • Why You Should Update Your Will -This blog explains the importance of updating your will post-separation or divorce to ensure the intended distribution of your estate.

Restraining Orders

  • Restraining Orders and Peace Bonds This blog discusses restraining orders and peace bonds available to family law litigants in Ontario both during and after the COVID-19 crisis.

Why Gilbertson Davis LLP?

Our experienced family lawyer can assist parties dealing with a COVID-19 related family law dispute. At Gilbertson Davis LLP, we advise and represent clients on a full range of family law matters, including child custody and access, child support, interjurisdictional issues, variations, urgent motions and ADR. Contact us for a consultation regarding your COVID-19 family law issues.

Related Practice Areas

Please see our related family law webpages on Separation and Divorce, Child Custody and Access, Spousal Support, Child Support, Division of Property, Cohabitation Agreements, Collaborative Family Law, Mobility Issues, Marriage Contracts, Urgent Motions, Ex parte Motions, Family Law Act Elections, Rights of the Surviving Spouse, Interjurisdictional Disputes, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Adoption, Variations, International Child Abduction, Preservation Orders, Capacity to Marry, Gift or Loan, Family Business Disputes, and Predatory Marriage.


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About the Author
Kimberley Wilton, B.Sc. (Hons.), B.A., J.D.

Kimberley Wilton, B.Sc. (Hons.), B.A., J.D.

Kimberley practices exclusively in family law, from contentious custody and access disputes, child and spousal support claims, to complex property division, adoption applications, and mobility issues. Kimberley is a skilled litigator and experienced in alternative dispute resolution. Bio | Contact

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