From Cohabitation to Divorce

Date: Thursday, July 7, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

This webinar (hosted by a family lawyer) is a must-attend event for anyone with questions about Family Law in Ontario. Whether you are separated from your spouse and seeking a divorce, or entering into a common-law relationship and considering getting a domestic contract, this webinar will answer your questions.

Participants will learn about the 5 main topics in family law: decision-making (“custody”), parenting schedule (“access”), property division, child support and spousal support. Alternatives to court will also be discussed (e.g. separation agreements, mediation, collaborative practice, mediation-arbitration, court).

Below are some common topics that will be covered:

  • How long do you have to live with someone before you are considered common-law partners?
  • How long do separated parents need to pay child support?
  • Am I guaranteed spousal support if I leave my spouse?
  • Do married persons and common-law partners have the same rights?

After the presentation, participants will be able to ask anything they want to know about family law. Participants can use the MS Teams chat box during the webinar and/or send in their questions in advance to the host: sasha@kpalawyers.ca.

Facilitator: An associate at KPA Lawyers, Sasha Faraone practises exclusively in the area of family law.

Sasha earned her law degree from the University of Ottawa. Prior to law school, she earned a Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (O.I.S.E.) at the University of Toronto. She also holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario in Management and Organisational Studies, with a specialization in Human Resources. Sasha also received a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from York University and aspires to be a mediator and educator in the not-so-distant future.

Sasha is passionate about family law and is known for her settlement-oriented approach to files. She is keen on resolving as many issues as possible out of court; which reduces both stress and costs for her clients.

Registration required. Current University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

Pregnancy and Parental Leave Planning Seminar for Postdoctoral Fellows in CUPE Local 3902 (Unit 5)

Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Webinar instructions will be emailed to you prior to the session

Becoming a parent is one of the most monumental experiences in a person’s life. Unfortunately, children do not come with foolproof instructions!

This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing Postdoctoral Fellows represented by CUPE Local 3902, Unit 5, for pregnancy and parental leaves. Topics will include:

  • Forms and more forms – a guide to government pregnancy / parental benefits & U of T policies
  • Resources on campus and in the community that will make your life easier
  • Do we really need all that equipment? – a guide to baby paraphernalia
  • Helping older children and pets to adjust
  • Enjoying it all!

Facilitator: Kaye Francis, Manager, Family Care Office

Registration required. All University of Toronto Postdoctoral Fellows represented by CUPE Local 3902, Unit 5 are welcome.

If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar

Session Dates (2022)
Faculty Monday, June 13

Monday, August 15

Monday, October 3

Monday, December 12

Staff Tuesday, June 14 (FULL)

Tuesday, August 16 (FULL)

Tuesday, October 4

Tuesday, November 1

Tuesday, December 13

Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Online or other suitable arrangement. If your session is hosted online, you will receive a webinar link prior to the workshop.

Please register early. Registration closes 1 week prior to each workshop.

Becoming a parent is one of the most monumental experiences in a person’s life. Unfortunately, children do not come with foolproof instructions!

Combining a career and family life presents special challenges. This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing faculty, staff and librarians for pregnancy / parental / and adoption leave, and for a successful return to work. While you may attend the seminar at any point during your pregnancy or adoption process, the ideal time is about three months prior to the arrival of your child. Topics will include:

  • Forms and more forms – a guide to government pregnancy/parental benefits & U of T policies
  • Planning your return to work
  • Resources on campus and in the community that will make your life easier
  • Do we really need all that equipment? – a guide to baby paraphernalia
  • Helping older children and pets to adjust
  • Enjoying it all!

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto staff and faculty are welcome.

If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

Baby and Toddler Talks: Cooking Your Own Baby Food

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Cooking your own baby food is easy and affordable and, best of all, you know exactly what’s in it! At the end of this workshop the participants will be able to:

  • Use simple equipment to make baby food
  • Know how and when to introduce solid foods
  • Compare homemade and store-bought baby food
  • Adapt the food their family is eating to their baby’s needs
  • Handle and store food safely

Facilitator: Marcela Jaramillo has been working for FoodShare for many years as a facilitator for the Cooking Your Own Babyfood workshops.

Registration required. Students, staff, post-doctoral fellows, faculty and their partner are welcome to attend. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

Children and Bullying: How to respond to a bully?

Date: Thursday, May 12, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

This is the second and final session in the Children and Bullying series. In the first session, parents learned about different types of bullying, as well as roles, signs and consequences of bullying for bullies, victims and witnesses. During this session, we turn our focus on supporting victims and witnesses of bullying. Parents will learn how to help their child respond to bullying, whether as a witness or a victim. First, we will address strategies parents can utilize before the child experiences bullying. Here, we will focus on resiliency and examine key protective factors that help build it. Next, we will explore specific skills and techniques parents can teach their children in order to help them respond to bullying with confidence. We will end the session by identifying situations that need a higher level of parental intervention such as meeting with school staff/officials or searching for professional support for their children. Attendance at the first session is not a pre-requisite.

The presentation will occur from 12-1:00pm and the facilitator will be available for questions for the last 30 minutes.

Recommended for parents whose children are 7 to 14 years of age.

Facilitator: Nana Gulic is an Education Doctorate student at OISE’s Social Justice Education Department. She is a Child and Youth Worker with 17 years of experience in working with youth in Canada and internationally. With youth empowerment and engagement as the guiding premise, she worked in residential group homes, community development programs, elementary schools and international organizations. Her academic and professional passions are social and emotional skill development and democratic education. Nana is also a mother to a 10-year old boy for whom she wishes to become a caring, empathic and engaged citizen.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements