In many parts of the world, families who are unable to conceive a child are able to turn to a surrogate mother to bring a child to term. But not here in Quebec, where it’s against the law.
In Canada, laws regarding the legal status of family members—known as filiation—are set by the provinces. This means while surrogacy is legally permitted in the country, Quebec is different.
Throughout Canada, it’s illegal to pay a surrogate directly. Her medical bills and other expenses can be paid for, but a surrogate mother cannot be directly compensated for carrying another’s child. Quebec law goes further, and doesn’t recognize the rights of the biological parents of a surrogate child at all.
Arranging child custody following a separation is a fraught issue at the best of times. All the more so when a child has special health needs, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Here, the family lawyers at Goldwater, Dubé offer an insight on such child custody cases from a legal perspective.
How common is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
In the USA, 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The number of ASD diagnoses has increased by over 100% over the last 10 years, making it the fastest growing and most commonly diagnosed neurological disorder in Canada. Children with autism usually have
From public transit and infrastructure to culture and parks, Montreal’s November 5th mayoral election is clearly important for family life in Quebec’s largest city. What are candidates proposing and how will the choice you make at the polling station affect your family?
Issue # 1 – The outcome of Montreal’s 2017 election will have an impact on infrastructure, public transit, and cycling On November 5th 2017, voters all over Quebec’s most populous city will be casting their vote to determine who will be the next Mayor of Montreal. The two main contenders, current mayor Denis Coderre and Projet Montréal leader Valérie Plante, are doing their utmost to win the hearts of voters and to defeat their opponent on
Sometimes called alimony, spousal support is the financial support paid by one individual to their former spouse following the breakdown of their union. Are you eligible for spousal support? What are your rights?
Alimony comes from the Latin word “alimonia”, meaning nourishment. In the case of a divorce or separation, alimony or spousal support serves the purpose of alleviating any financial suffering that may result from the breakdown of a relationship.
The financially dependent spouse is often eligible for financial assistance from their ex in order to cover bills, food expenses, and other such costs following the breakdown of the relationship.
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Whether you are going through a separation, a divorce, or getting used to joint custody, it can be tempting to vent to your kids, but it is precisely the wrong thing to do. Here are some tips for successful conversations with your kids when going through a separation or divorce
Getting divorced is up there with the most stressful life events you will ever experience. Getting used to shared custody can make a divorce seem even harder. This is especially true since your children are likely to ask you difficult questions about your separation and what it means for them. It is completely normal for your children to experience confusion and distress – after all,
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Montreal family law firm Goldwater, Dubé understands the challenges of going back to school when you and your ex have some conflict over the choice of school
Following a separation, the prospect of going back to school can be as daunting for parents as it is for kids. When you and your ex are in conflict over a certain school being right for your child, our lawyers at Goldwater, Dubé can help you as they have helped hundreds of families with legal issues surrounding child custody and disputes around joint decision-making.
Disagreements over choosing a school for your children – Goldwater, Dubé can help answer your questions
If your child
Il est évident que les chiens de type « pitbulls » ont une mauvaise réputation. Injustement identifiés comme dangereux dans certaines régions du Canada, ils souffrent d’un problème d’image.
Un vent de changement se fait toutefois sentir dans des villes comme Vancouver et Edmonton qui abrogent les lois « anti-pitbulls ».
Anne-France Goldwater est nouvellement propriétaire d’un pitbull. Elle a adopté M. Spot, un chien avec des lésions à la moelle épinière, en partie afin de voir si ces chiens étaient plus agressifs que les autres chiens. Elle n’a observé aucune malice chez M. Spot et elle continue de défendre la bataille juridique qui conteste la loi visant des races particulières au Québec.
We are excited to announce that senior partner Anne-France Goldwater has a new side-project that’s particularly close to her heart.
Along with her children, writer/attorney Me Daniel Goldwater and clinical psychologist Dr. Samantha Goldwater-Adler, The Goldwaters Family Podcast will encourage debate and discussion on current events and legal issues in the news.
Head over to TheGoldwaters.ca to check out the first three episodes on animal rights and Me Goldwater’s legal battles on pit bulls, racism in America, and bullying.
We hope you find the discussions stimulating! Please feel free to share and comment on the episodes using #TheGoldwaters. More new episodes coming in January!
From our family to yours, best wishes for 2017.
La biographie de Me Anne-France Goldwater est disponible en librairie dès aujourd’hui.
Goldwater, Dubé is a top-tier family law litigation firm operating for over 30 years. Led by veteran attorneys Me Anne-France Goldwater and Me Marie-Hélène Dubé, the firm is in the process of expanding, and they seek exceptional litigators to join the team.
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