What Legal Fees Can I Deduct On My Tax Return?

Blog Post
March 3, 2016
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Don’t forget that legal fees incurred with respect to the enforcement or establishment of child and/or spousal support are normally tax deductible by the support recipient. Canada Revenue Agency’s position on when legal fees related to child and spousal support are deductible has changed from time to time.

Child Support Guidelines for Single Parents

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December 9, 2015
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Alice Weatherston, Lawyer in the Family Law Group at Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP discusses a single parent’s rights under the Child Support Guidelines. Contact Family Law Lawyer Alice Weatherston, by calling 613-683-8113, or email alice.weatherston@nelliganlaw.ca.

Court gets it right on imputing gifts to husband as income

Blog Post
November 20, 2015
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The Ontario Court of Appeal released a very interesting decision recently, Korman v. Korman, that deals with two important questions that will affect family lawyers’ advice on property and support issues. The first was whether the husband had a beneficial interest in a matrimonial home he had put into his wife’s sole name for the purposes of creditor proofing. The second was whether the court ought to impute to the husband money his parents had consistently gifted to him throughout the marriage and after separation as income for support purposes.

My Spouse the Narcissist: Five Tips for Dealing with Ex-Partners with Narcissistic Personality Disorder

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October 29, 2015
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Separating is never easy. Separating from a spouse with a personality disorder even less so. As lawyers, some of the most difficult separations we see are those where one spouse suffers from narcissistic personality disorder. What can you do to make sure that you don’t get dragged down into a world of conflict when separating from a person who has narcissistic personality disorder? These five tips may help you.

The Narcissistic Spouse: It’s Not Just Selfishness

Blog Post
October 14, 2015
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As family lawyers, we know that when people are undergoing a separation process, they are never at their best. Occasionally we come across clients whose former spouse is being more than just difficult or emotional. Sometimes we see individuals who are truly vindictive and who will fight to the bitter end, even if it means leaving both parties – and often the children too – in financial and emotional ruin. These individuals may suffer from ‘narcissistic personality disorder’.

What you need to know as a self-employed support payor

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June 22, 2015
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The amount of child and/or spousal support a payor is responsible for depends on what they can afford, and what they can afford depends on their income. That sounds simple, but for payors who are self-employed, figuring out income for the purposes of support can be a pretty complex task.

Summertime Parenting – balancing time and money

Blog Post
June 10, 2015
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With just a few weeks left in the school year, Ontario children are looking forward to two whole months of long, hot, homework-free days stretching ahead of them. But while summer vacation is usually a fun time for kids, managing childcare and the associated financial obligations while kids are off all day can be stressful for parents. For separated or separating parents, there are even more issues to deal with, all while trying to preserve the care-free feeling of summertime for their children. Luckily, with some forethought and, if possible, open communication with the other parent, you can shed a large number of summertime stressors.

Are Christmas Presents Section 7 expenses?

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December 12, 2014
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Regular readers of this blog will know that for parents who are separated and pay child support, in addition to the monthly amount, they can also be required to pay for ‘special or extraordinary expenses’, which are paid in proportion to their incomes. Purchasing Christmas presents for your children is often a very significant expense. Should it be shared in proportion to income?

Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines Apply in Support Reviews

Blog Post
November 20, 2014
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Do the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines apply when it comes time to review spousal support? It’s a good question, which didn’t have a very clear answer in Ontario until recently. When the final version of the Guidelines was released in 2008, there wasn’t much clarity about their application in the context of certain reviews, such as when a former spouse’s income increases or decreases. As a result of this uncertainty, there has been an ongoing debate over the issue.