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Parenting coordination is an alternative dispute resolution process that tries to help parents who have a court order or parenting plan resolve their issues without going to court. Partners meet with a neutral person, called a parenting coordinator, who helps them resolve their day-to-day conflicts about their parenting plan or order.

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A parenting plan is a written agreement between parents who have separated or divorced that says how they will care for their children. For example, a parenting plan can say which parent is responsible for making decisions about their child's dental care, how they will handle emergencies, and how much time the child will spend with each parent. The plan can be a separate document or can be included as part of a separation agreement or court order.

Title: parole
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If you're on parole, this means that you were:

  • serving a sentence for a crime, and
  • released from custody to serve the rest of your sentence in the community.

When you're on parole, you have to follow certain conditions that were set when you were released. This includes reporting to a parole officer. If you don't follow the conditions, you can be sent back into custody to serve the rest of your sentence.

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Parole is a conditional release from jail. Parole allows you to serve part of your sentence in the community under the supervision of a parole officer and with conditions. If you don't follow the conditions of your parole, the Parole Board of Canada can take away your parole and send you back to jail.

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Parties are the people or organizations directly involved in a court case, contract, agreement, or other legal matter. For example, a party can be one person or a group of two or more people, a corporation, or an agency like the Family Responsibility Office or Children’s Aid Society.

In most family law cases, both partners are parties but the children are not parties.

In most child protection cases, the Children’s Aid Society and the parents are parties, but the children are not parties.

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This is a court facilitated counselling program for domestic related offenders. If you have been charged with an offence against your spouse, common-law partner, boyfriend, or girlfriend, you may be eligible to enter into the PAR program. The program helps offenders to understand and avoid behaviour that leads to violence and encourages healthy relationships.

Sometimes the Crown will offer to resolve your charges by way of a peace bond upon successful completion of this program.

Sometimes you will be ordered to complete this program as part of a sentence on domestic related charges.

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A party or parties are the people or organizations directly involved in a court case, contract, agreement, or other legal matter. For example, a party can be one person or a group of two or more people, a corporation, or an agency like the Family Responsibility Office or Children’s Aid Society.

In most family law cases, both partners are parties but the children are not parties.

In most child protection cases, the Children’s Aid Society and the parents are parties, but the children are not parties.

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When an employer fires you or lays you off, they usually have to give you notice ahead of time. The amount of time can depend on many things including how long you've been in the job.

If they let you go right away, they must pay you the money you'd have earned if they had told you ahead of time. This is called pay in lieu of notice or termination pay.

Title: payday loan
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A payday loan is a short-term loan (usually three weeks or less) that has a very high interest rate. The interest rate on a payday loan is usually much higher than the interest rates charged by credit cards or bank loans. You cannot get a payday loan for more than $1,500. You will usually have to give the payday lender post-dated cheques that they can cash on the loan due date to repay the loan and the interest.

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