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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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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Tips from a Money Coach: Joint Bank Accounts

Tips from a Money Coach: Joint Bank Accounts

In this post, Janet Grey, a money coach in Ottawa, shares tips about joint accounts that apply equally to all couples, from newly married to divorced.  Joint bank accounts offer convenient money management for many different types of relationships, mostly for married and cohabiting couples, as well as adult children and their parents, or businesses. But the convenience of joint bank accounts comes with a potential cost that couples need to consider before signing up. 

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Marriage vs. Common-Law Relationships: Lottery Winnings

Marriage vs. Common-Law Relationships: Lottery Winnings

This topic has likely been on the minds of many people in Ontario lately, due to an ongoing legal battle over a jackpot of roughly $6.1 million between a woman and her ex-boyfriend with whom she was cohabiting. In this post, we discuss how a cohabitation agreement could have ensured the woman received half the winnings or, likewise, protected the man from the claim she is making now.

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Child Support: "Special and Extraordinary Expenses"

Child Support: "Special and Extraordinary Expenses"

In this case, the claimed special/extraordinary expenses were day care, tutoring, extra curricular activities, and the cost of medication that exceeded the amount covered by the Applicant Mother’s coverage. In coming to a decision, the court had to determine what actually constitutes an “extraordinary” expense, and whether that expense was reasonable and necessary in relation to the child’s best interests. When determining whether an expense is “extraordinary” or not, the court must turn to section 7 of the Child Support Guidelines, and past case law.

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Child Support: Support for Grandchildren

Child Support: Support for Grandchildren

Families of today are growing increasingly more complex, and grandparents are beginning to play a far more active role in the lives and upbringing of their grandchildren. This ever-changing legal landscape is evidenced by the recent changes to the Children’s Law Reform Act in 2016 that gave grandparents legal standing to apply for custody and access rights to their grandchildren.  While grandparents’ rights to apply for custody and access rights is firmly set in legislation, what is more uncertain is whether grandparents can be ordered to pay child support for their grandchildren. In this post we will discuss the legal grey area of grandparents and child support in light of a current case which could possibly be precedent-setting.

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