Grandparent Rights

September 8, 2022
1:00 – 2:00 PM

Grandparents can and do play an important role in a child’s life. Unfortunately, the rights of grandparents are often overlooked and ignored when family dynamics change. Despite being intimately involved in their grandchildren’s upbringing, the rights to access are often refused or withheld.

Advocates say an estimated 75,000 grandparents in Ontario, have limited or no access to their grandchildren, citing reasons such as divorce, marital separations, or fractured relationships with their adult children. There are however remedies to address these difficult situations.

In recognition of Grandparent’s Day (Sept 11th), EAPO is hosting a webinar on Sept 8th to raise awareness of the rights of grandparents.  Together we will learn about what the laws, both across federal and provincial jurisdictions, that address grandparental rights to access and custody. Our guest speaker will cite options to resolving disputes, from family mediations to the court process route.

These sensitive and challenging matters of grandparent rights, whether from a legal or emotional perspective carry significant burdens to those experiencing them. Our guest speaker Andrew Feldstein (Founder of Feldstein Family Law Group) will speak to the many, very real facets of this very important and timely topic and answer general questions that respect the privacy of all participants.

Speakers

andrew Feildman
Andrew Feldstein

Founder, Feldstein Family Law Group

Andrew Feldstein graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1992. Prior to focusing exclusively on family law, Andrew’s legal practice covered many different areas, including corporate commercial. He was honoured with an inaugural appointment to the Dispute Resolution Officer (DRO) Panel for Newmarket, where he served for 7 years (2010-2017) to support the family law court process in aiding couples in attempts to resolve their issues before their case proceeds before a Judge. Andrew was selected for this appointment because of his vast experience with and successful ability to resolve complex family law issues using alternatives to the traditional court methods, including the collaborative family law process.

Andrew is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, York Region Law Association, a past member of the Ontario Bar Association Council and Canadian Bar Association National Council and Executive Member at Large for the Family Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association (2019). He actively supports current law students, education, and the legal profession by volunteering as a mentor for the Osgoode Hall Law School Mentor Program.

Andrew’s knowledge of family law issues has evoked many   media interviews regarding family law, including The Globe and Mail, Global Television, CTV NewsNet, ET Canada, Newstalk 610 CKTB, Maclean’s Magazine, and Lawyers Weekly.

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