If you are separating or divorcing and you have begun your search for a family law lawyer, you may have experienced some sticker shock. Hourly rates for family law lawyers can be daunting, so you will benefit from some advice to make your family law dollar go farther for you.Read More
Divorce lawyers have stepped into the hallowed halls of a Courthouse so many times that it is second nature to us. We are in our element in a place that can be alien, and very daunting, to others. So, each time we enter a Courthouse with our client, we need to remind ourselves that this is, almost certainly, a first for them. Our clients are generally highly stressed and uncertain as to the process. They are nervous as to what will be asked and expected of them. I’ve had clients report that they have experienced sleeplessness, weight loss, lack of productivity in their work and home lives and other physical and emotional challenges due to the stress of an upcoming a Court attendance. It shouldn’t have to be this way.Read More
Every parent has an obligation to provide child support for his/her children.
The amount of child support is determined by the Child Support Guidelines. The Child Support Guidelines provide a relatively straightforward and predictable tool for support determination. They utilize the income of the child support pay or and the number of children, among other variables, to identify the child support amount.Read More
In some circumstances, one spouse will have to provide ongoing financial support to the other.
This payment is called “spousal support”. In some jurisdictions, but not in Ontario, this payment is also called alimony. Married spouses and “common-law” spouses, whether they are same sex or opposite sex spouses, can be called upon to pay spousal support.Read More
Where Will You Land?
Where will you live once your separation is complete? Will you have to sell the family home? Can you afford to maintain the family home? How will the value of large assets, like a pension, a business or real estate, be shared when a relationship ends? Must you share your inheritance with your spouse? Must you share gifts received by you with your spouse? Uncertainty about these types of questions can lead to worry.Read More
In Ontario, married spouses are expected to equalize the value of all of the property that they acquired during their marriage, with certain specific exceptions, which are discussed below.Read More
Will You Be Entitled to ½?
Many unmarried, cohabiting couples assume that, if they separate, each of them will share one-half of all of the assets, or wealth, that they accumulated as a couple. This is an inaccurate, though widely held, belief. An unmarried, cohabiting spouse does not have any automatic right to share in the property of his or her partner, in the event that they separate.Read More
Achieving financial wellbeing, present and future, is one of the most important goals for separating spouses.
Uncertainty and fear about the financial future can fuel needless family law battles, even though the cost of such battles does not advance the goal of financial wellbeing.Read More