Nesting - A Novel Approach to Co-Parenting

Nesting - A Novel Approach to Co-Parenting

Many parents are increasingly familiar with the detrimental psychological impact of divorce on children and this is likely behind the increase in families that are choosing “nesting” over the more traditional shuttling back-and-forth between mom and dad’s house.  In this blog post, Fresh Legal lawyer, Jillian Allen, explains the rationale behind the increase in this novel approach to co-parenting.

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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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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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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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Spousal Support: Post Separation Income Increases

Spousal Support: Post Separation Income Increases

When a separation occurs, sometimes the spouse with the higher income will pay spousal support based upon their income. But what happens if the payor spouse then receives a generous promotion, or their income increases for any other reason? In this post, Daniel Duyvelshoff, a Fresh Legal intern from the University of Ottawa law school, looks at how a post-separation income increase can impact a spousal support obligation.

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Business Owners and Separation, Part 2

Business Owners and Separation, Part 2

In a separation, businesses play a twofold role. First, in equalization, businesses are defined as an asset, similar to a home or a pension, to be divided equally among the spouses. And second, in spousal support where business income can help dictate the amount of support a spouse may be obligated to pay. In an earlier blog post, we looked at the concept of double dipping as it relates to pensions. But do the restrictions around double dipping apply to other assets too? This post looks at the difference between pensions and businesses.

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