Moving After Separation: Tips from a Pro

Moving After Separation: Tips from a Pro

Moving is stressful at the best of times. When you add the stress of a separation on top, it can be downright overwhelming. Once you’ve found a new home, the actual process of moving all your things begins - but where do you start? To help you out with moving and moving on after your separation, we asked Lisa Robinson from Streamline Relocation Services to share her tips to make your move less stressful by planning ahead.

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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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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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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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Child Support: Support for Step-Children, Part 2

Child Support: Support for Step-Children, Part 2

When determining whether to order a non-biological parent to pay child support, the courts will look to a number of factors relating to the person's intention, and the actual roles they have played in the child's life. This leading case in this regard is the Supreme Court of Canada case Chartier v. Chartier, which outlined what is commonly known as the "loco parentis" test.

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Equalization: Personal Injury Awards, Part 2

Equalization: Personal Injury Awards, Part 2

In a previous post, we discussed whether you can exclude your personal injury award from your net family property. In general, you can exclude the award if it meets certain criteria. This post explores how the timing and the structure of the award may impact whether it is shared with your ex-spouse.  The timing and structure of a settlement can determine whether the funds are treated as property or income, and whether they are shared with your spouse.

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Collaborative Family Law: Team Members

Collaborative Family Law: Team Members

Unlike litigation, where experts and outside professionals are hired by each individual party, and may engage in a "battle of the experts", your team consists of trained professionals chosen by you and your spouse together.  The collaborative family law process is holistic, meaning it recognizes and addresses the many different aspects of a separation.  At times, the best way to do that is to hire third parties.  All members of the team are bound by the Collaborative Participation Agreement, including confidentiality and the commitment to the process.

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