Marriage vs. Common Law Relationships: Moving In Together

Marriage vs. Common Law Relationships: Moving In Together

If you and your partner are cohabiting, or planning on doing so, there are some legal issues that you should consider, including whether you should get a cohabitation agreement to protect both you and your partner’s interests should one of you pass away or should the relationship end. In this post we will discuss the issues that may arise when cohabiting, and how a cohabitation agreement can assist in preventing complications before they arise.

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Finances: Tips for Completing Your Financial Statement

Finances: Tips for Completing Your Financial Statement

The Financial Statement can be overwhelming when you first look at it, but is not as hard to fill out as it seems on first glance.  Before you start, find your latest paystub, your income tax returns and Notices of Assessment, and your bank statements and other financial documents from around the time of your separation.  Take a deep breath and tackle one part at a time. As you fill it out, here are some tips and answers to common questions.

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Finances: Disclosure From New Partners

Finances: Disclosure From New Partners

Your spouse may move in with someone new, and their partner may contribute to the overall costs/expenses of the household.  This might impact the amount of spousal support payable based on that contribution. In order to assess what impact re-partnering has on spousal support, some financial disclosure from the new partner may be necessary. In this post we will discuss the limits on how much disclosure you can request from your ex’s new partner with reference to a recent court decision dealing specifically with this issue.

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Prenuptial Agreements: Frequently Asked Questions

Prenuptial Agreements: Frequently Asked Questions

Prenuptial agreements are becomingly increasingly common.  You may be getting money from your parents or from an inheritance that you want to protect, or you may have bought a house or built a business.  If you have questions about prenups, this post is a great place to start.

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Mediation: Why You Still Need a Lawyer

Mediation: Why You Still Need a Lawyer

In mediation, parties hire a neutral person to facilitate a conversation between them, with the goal of reaching an agreement.  Your spouse might tell you a lawyer will only cause conflict and cost money.  Your mediator likely already provided you with the legal information you need to reach an agreement. So why do you need to hire a lawyer when you’re not fighting? 

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Divorce and Real Estate

Divorce and Real Estate

One of the most significant decisions after a separation is where each person will live, and whether that new home will be purchased or rented.  If the couple owns the home they live in, there are also questions about whether it will be sold or if one spouse will keep it, and how the price and sharing of the proceeds is determined. There are a number of things to keep in mind when deciding whether to buy, sell, or rent during a separation.

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Parenting After Separation: Parenting Coordination

Parenting After Separation: Parenting Coordination

In some cases, even after parents have obtained an order, arbitration award, or entered into a separation/parenting agreement, high levels of conflict can remain. This conflict can make it exceptionally difficult for parents to work together. In situations where parents cannot agree on a parenting decision, they can turn to a parenting coordinator to assist them in resolving their disputes. In this post we will discuss what parenting coordination is, and how a parenting coordinator may be able to assist you.

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Court Procedure: The Office of the Children's Lawyer

Court Procedure: The Office of the Children's Lawyer

When deciding custody and access, the court must consider the best interests of the child. One of the factors is "the views and preferences of the child". One of the many ways of bringing your child's wishes to the attention of a judge is the Office of the Children's Lawyer (OCL). In this post, we discuss in more detail how the OCL assists in custody/access disputes. This post reviews what the OCL is, how you can get them involved in your case, and how they help.

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