What is the current state of the law on the issue of costs in family law cases?

Ontario, Canada


The following excerpt is from Kates v. Kates, 2019 ONSC 5409 (CanLII):

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently provided direction regarding the issue of costs in family law matters in Beaver v. Hill 2018 ONCA 840 noting the court should approach the exercise of its discretion in determining costs in family law matters on the basis of reasonableness and proportionality and that it is an error in law to apply full recovery of costs save and except in specific circumstances.

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