Archives: Glossary terms

collective bargaining

Collective bargaining is the process that unionized workers and employers go through to set the conditions of employment, such as wages, hours of work, and overtime pay.

collective agreement

When a workplace includes workers who belong to a union, a collective agreement sets out conditions of employment, such as wages, hours of work, and overtime pay. The collective agreement includes the process that workers need to use if the employer does not follow the agreement.

sole custody

Sole custody is a type of custody where only one parent has the right to make important decisions about how to care for and raise a child. It includes the right to make decisions about the child’s health, education, and religion.
The parent with sole custody may have to discuss the issue with the other parent before making an important decision.

special or extraordinary expenses

Special or extraordinary expenses are a type of child support that is paid in addition to the table amounts of monthly child support set out in the Child Support Guidelines. The table amounts cover expenses like clothes, food, and basic school supplies.
Special or extraordinary expenses cover things like daycare or university costs.

special service

To serve a document by special service means you have to give a copy of that document to your partner by either:

getting someone like a family member, friend, or process server to give the copy to your partner in person
giving the copy directly to your partner’s lawyer
giving the copy to an adult living at the same home as your partner and also mailing a copy of the document your partner’s address within one day

There are rules about how to serve a document by special service that depend on how you serve the document.

split custody

Split custody is where parents who have separated or divorced have:

more than one child together, and
each parent has one or more of their children living with them most of the time.

Split custody may affect the amount of child support paid.

spousal support

Spousal support is money paid by one partner to the other partner after they separate or divorce. Spousal support is not automatic. The partner asking for spousal support must show that they have a legal right to spousal support.

If spousal support is paid, the partner with the higher income almost always pays support to the partner with the lower income.

supervised access

The new term for supervised access is supervised parenting time  for most family law cases. If you have a child protection case, the term supervised access may still be used.
Supervised parenting time is a kind of parenting time when someone else watches a parent’s visits with their child.

temporary order

A temporary order, also called an interim order, is an order that lasts until:

the period of time, or event, that the order deals with ends
another temporary order is made
a final order is made

trial management conference

A trial management conference is a meeting between a judge and you and your partner, and your lawyers if you have any. The purposes of a trial management conference include:

talking about ways to solve those issues without going to a trial

deciding how the trial will proceed if you cannot solve your issues

setting a trial date,

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