When Family and Business Matters Collide

Blog Post
April 20, 2020
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Are you getting married or living common-law? Maybe you’re on the other side of the relationship spectrum, and getting separated or divorced? If either you or your partner owns a business or part of one, there are some legal issues that you should know about.

So, you got engaged over the holidays. Here’s what to think of next.

Featured Content// Blog Post
January 2, 2020
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If you are one of the many people who got engaged over the holidays, a new year brings with it new beginnings – but are you prepared for the financial responsibility to your partner? Family Law lawyer Marta Siemiarczuk explains some of the things you should think about when preparing a marriage contract.

What is “income for support purposes”?

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December 19, 2019
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When it comes to child support and spousal support after separation, determining each spouse’s income for support purposes is the first step. Although this may sound straightforward at first (I mean, we all file our annual taxes, right?), it can involve quite a detailed examination of each spouse’s sources of income. In a nutshell, “income… Read more »

Does child support end when a child turns 18?

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November 7, 2019
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Not necessarily. Child support is based on a child’s level of dependency, not just their age. In many cases, a child’s entitlement to support will extend for several years after they reach the age of majority. Who is a “child” for child support purposes? Two pieces of legislation govern child support in Ontario: the Family… Read more »

Retroactive child support after age 18

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August 16, 2019
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I’m 18 and my dad never paid child support. I was wondering if I can sue him for the money? The payment of child support is one of the most common areas of contention arising from the breakdown of a marriage or familial unit. In Ontario, child support is governed by a combination of the… Read more »

Misrepresentation and Retroactive Child Support – how far back can you go?

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July 3, 2019
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What happens if your former spouse misrepresented income when previously determining child support obligations? How many years back can you claim retroactive child support or a variation in support? Read as family lawyer Ira Marcovitch explains: In Ontario, child support is governed by a combination of the Divorce Act, the Family Law Act, and the… Read more »

What is the difference between being separated and being divorced?

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May 7, 2019
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Spouses are ‘separated’ when one person in the relationship has withdrawn from the relationship without any reasonable prospect of reconciliation or resumption of cohabitation. This means that you can be married and separated at the same time. In fact, in almost all cases, you have to have been separated from your spouse for at least one year before you can divorce. A divorce legally ends the marriage and allows former spouses to remarry.

I have a mental illness. Will this impact my custody or access claim?

Blog Post
March 22, 2019
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One in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness in any given year. Roughly eight percent of adults will have major depression at some point in their lives, and anxiety disorders affect around five percent of the household population.