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The Treatment of Gifts and Inheritances in Family Law

Gifts During Wedding

It might be common knowledge that during a divorce, any increase in value of property during your marriage must be split evenly. But what if you receive a large gift or inheritance from your family during your marriage? Would this also need to be shared between partners when you split up? The short answer is:…

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Benefits of Negotiating a Separation Agreement

Negotiation During Divorce

A separation agreement is a written contract between two individuals who are planning to separate (or have already separated) and can be used by both married and unmarried couples. There are many advantages to creating a separation agreement versus going through the traditional court process. Negotiations during or leading up to a separation agreement are…

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Common Divorce Mistakes to Avoid


Even in the best of situations, going through a divorce or separation is never easy, and the process can be both challenging and stressful.  The following are some commonly made mistakes to avoid when : Making Big Decisions Before Consulting A Lawyer It is crucial that you consult with your divorce lawyer before making any…

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Helping Your Child Through Divorce

Child Support After Divorce

Divorce is an incredibly stressful experience for all involved, especially children. It can be incredibly confusing and difficult to deal with for the kids involved and can affect them in a variety of ways, although kids can come out as better able to cope with stressful situations and can grow up to be more flexible…

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Calculating Spousal Support

Spousal Support

If you are separating from your spouse, the issue of Spousal Support, or “alimony” as many people commonly refer to it as, is an issue that may need to be resolved. The Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines provide a reference for calculating the amount and duration of your spousal support. However, before looking at “how much…

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Do I need to Provide Financial Disclosure?

Financial disclosure for Family Law

One of the first steps in negotiating a family law agreement is the exchange of financial disclosure.  If you’re in the process of separating, you have probably told your lawyer that one of your main goals is to get the process “over with” as quickly as possible.  However, sacrificing full financial disclosure for the sake…

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Can Social Media Affect My Family Law Case?

social media and family law

We know that “first impressions” can impact how we are perceived in our personal lives, work lives, and in public.  Just as though you may think about what you will wear to court in putting your best foot forward, you may also want to think about what your social media profile says about you.  Although…

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To Hire – Or Not To Hire – A Lawyer?


When facing a family law issue, many people debate whether or not to hire a lawyer. Just this week, we came across a post on social media stating that you should never involve a lawyer in your separation; that remaining amicable and using “common sense and maturity” is the best way to go.   While it…

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Tax Implications Of Support Payments

Tax Implications

Is child support tax deductible? No.  Child support paid pursuant to an Agreement or Court Order is not tax deductible to the payor, which also means that it is not considered taxable income for the recipient.  The tax implications can be significant if, for example, the support payor and recipient find themselves in different tax…

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How Child Support Works in Canada

Child Support In Canada

If you are going through a divorce or separation, child support is a legal issue you may have to address. In Canada, the main principle behind child support is that all children should benefit from both parents financially as if they are still together. After deciding details such as their living arrangements, care, and decision…

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