My Former Spouse Paid Off My Student Loans – Do I Have to Pay Him Back?

Blog Post
June 4, 2019
Read Time: 3 minutes

Read as Associate lawyer Ira Marcovitch answers the following question of student loan repayment after divorce: Before my husband and I married, I had been attending university. I convocated in May 2003 and my OSAP loans of $30,000 had to start being paid off in November 2003. We married in August 2003.My husband inherited money… Read more »

Separating love from business: Legal tips on how to manage your assets alongside family life

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May 7, 2018
Read Time: 4 minutes

The balance between life and work has long been a struggle for professionals. And things tend to become all the more complicated when assets – whether in the form of company shares, investments, real estate or otherwise – are brought into the equation. While most people don’t enter into a romantic partnership planning for it to end, breakups nevertheless do happen. And when not managed properly, they can be financially devastating.

Attending Kids’ Events: Whose Turn is It?

Blog Post
September 21, 2016
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With the first nip of fall in the air and the first week of the new school year behind us, kids are gearing up to start extra-curricular activities and various school events. While many children can’t wait to start hockey or gymnastics, and are eagerly looking forward to the field trip to the museum, for separated parents, navigating what events you can or should attend can be tricky.

When Do We Become Common-law Spouses?

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March 10, 2016
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Some of the most common questions I get asked when people find out I am a family lawyer is ‘what am I getting into by moving in with my girlfriend/boyfriend?’ or ‘when/how do we become common-law?’. They’re pretty important questions. I think one of the reasons why there is so much confusion is because this issue is legislated by the provinces, so it depends on where you live. That means my answer to these questions only applies to Ontario.

Top 5 Things to Remember When Travelling Alone with Children

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January 30, 2015
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For separated parents (or parents who are together but travelling on their own with children) there are considerations beyond just booking flights and hotels, and planning a fun itinerary to consider when travelling with children. Here are the top 5 things to remember when travelling on your own with children.

How Old is Too Old for Child Support?

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October 17, 2014
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How long does an obligation to pay child support last? Generally, child support is payable until a child reaches the age of 18 years old, but it’s much more complicated than that. Every situation is different and so determining whether your child is still entitled to child support, and how much, is determined on a case by case basis. If your child is 18 years old and you think they may no longer be entitled to child support, you should see a lawyer.

Watch our New Family Law Videos

Blog Post
September 18, 2014
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Get out your popcorn and watch four new Family Law videos by our lawyers on topics that may be of interest to you, such as child support, pensions and surrogacy agreements.

Top 5 Considerations When Drafting a Domestic Contract

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August 28, 2014
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It’s summer, which means it’s wedding season. Every weekend I see countless couples posing for pictures around Ottawa’s hot spots as they celebrate their ‘I do’s’. Whether you’re moving in with a new partner or tying the knot, many people think it’s unromantic to discuss what will happen in the event of a relationship breakdown. But if you don’t decide how your assets will be divided or how spousal support will be determined, the governing legislation will decide for you.

Complexities When Family and Estates Law Intersect

Blog Post
June 25, 2014
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A recent case, Caron v. Rowe, provides a good reminder of the issues that can arise in matters that intermingle both family and estates law. The case is a blunt reminder that your lawyer needs to truly understand your wishes when preparing your estate plan and domestic agreements, so that those wishes can be made explicit.

How Soon is Now? How and When Spousal Support Agreements or Court Orders can be Changed

Blog Post
June 11, 2014
Read Time: 3 minutes

It’s no secret that the issue of spousal support remains a constant source of complaint and controversy among family law litigants. Those made to pay it often believe they are overpaying, while those who are entitled to receive support frequently believe the payor is getting away with not paying enough. Because the quantum and duration (and arguably the entitlement) to spousal support is discretionary in nature, a spousal support award is never as predictable as an award of child support.