Self Care: Local Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Self Care: Local Valentine's Day Gift Guide

If you’re going through a separation or know someone who is, consider picking up a treat for Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re looking for a gift for a friend going through a hard time, or a gift for yourself, I’m betting one of these Ottawa gifts will hit the spot! Even browsing the local shops that carry these products will bring a smile to your face. Check out some of Jennifer’s favourites in this post.

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We Need to Talk About Our "Relationship"... The Solicitor-Client Relationship

We Need to Talk About Our "Relationship"... The Solicitor-Client Relationship

Are you going to tell my wife that I’m here? Do I need to tell my husband that I’m meeting with you? The above questions are surprisingly common when I meet with a client for the first time. My answer is always, “No, not unless you want me to!?”. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, this post will take you to the heart of the relationship between a client and their lawyer.

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Technology and Family Court...The Saga Continues

Technology and Family Court...The Saga Continues

Do you start your day by reading through the salacious posts on social media from people you know that are clearly in some type of fight with their ex or soon-to-be-ex? Can you tell when a couple you know if fighting because their not-so-cryptic memes are screaming for your attention and comments? In this post, Jillian C. Allen, a lawyer at Fresh Legal, explains the types of social media posts that can become part of your family court proceeding.

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Parenting After Separation: New Year's Resolutions

Parenting After Separation: New Year's Resolutions

It’s that time of year again! As we think about our goals for the coming year, we have some ideas for separated parents to add to their list. Have you updated your Will since your separation? Do you need to review your support payments? Perhaps you need to take a moment for yourself, or just get the separation process started. No matter when you separated, there’s a resolution idea in this post for you.

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Who's Embryo is it Anyway?

Who's Embryo is it Anyway?

In a recent case decided by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Court was tasked with answering the question: “Who’s embryo is it anyway?”. In this post, Jillian C. Allen, a lawyer at Fresh Legal, examines the Court’s approach in reaching their decision and the impact it has for embryos throughout Canada.

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Property Division: Equalization and The Family Law Act

Property Division: Equalization and The Family Law Act

All married couples in Ontario already have a “prenup” - the law in place that sets out what happens to your property when they separate. As soon as you get married, you “opt in” to this process. Under the terms of this “prenup”, you may have to share the entire value of a home you brought into your relationship, share your business, and share inheritances and gifts. You can contract out of this “prenup” by getting your own.

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Abandonment: Can my Spouse be Charged with Abandonment?

Abandonment: Can my Spouse be Charged with Abandonment?

A question that continues to come up from clients in the context of separation and divorce, “Can my spouse be charged with abandonment?”.  In this post, Jillian C. Allen, a lawyer at Fresh Legal, sheds light on the age-old question that continues to plague clients and divorce lawyers.

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