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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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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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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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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