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Who is a Parent? Not a Simple Question!

If anything could be said about the law, it is slow to change.  Our social structure continues to evolve at a faster pace than the law, which is creating difficulties in society and the courts.  We are seeing impacts on individuals and couples who are having children in non-traditional ways as the definition of what […]


Stephanie Jansen
Stephanie Jansen is a student-at-law at the law firm of Attia Reeves in Edmonton, Alberta.

Who is Family? A Look at Canadian and U.S. Immigration Law on the Definition of Qualifying Relatives

In 1979, the American disco group, Sister Sledge, sang, “We Are Family. I got all my sisters with me.” By contrast, under both Canadian and U.S. immigration law, determining who is a family member that can achieve an immigration status based upon a family relationship can prove challenging. The immigration law in both countries has […]


Douglas Halpert
Douglas Halpert is an immigration lawyer with Hammond Law Group LLC, a Cincinnati, Ohio firm that exclusively practices immigration law. He can be reached at

Andrea Baldwin
Andrea Baldwin is a business immigration lawyer with Stewart McKelvey. She is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia and represents clients across Canada. She can be reached here.

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