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Outside of her family law practice, Marta Siemiarczuk has also been busy this year writing a series of articles for legal newspaper Law Times.

Looking at cases from the Ontario Court of Appeal, Marta explored everything from retirement to marriage contracts.

See below a list of the articles:

“Case highlights retirement and spousal support”

This article looked at the Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Schulstad v. Schulstad, which explored what constitutes a “material change of circumstances” in the context of spousal support. In essence, what happens to my support obligations when I retire? Read the full article here.

“Spousal Support ruling worthy of study”

In Slongo v. Slongo, the Court of Appeal considered income increases after a separation, and the impact that an early retirement may have on spousal support. Read the full article here.

“Decision affects net family property”

The Court of Appeal decision Ernikos v. Ernikos considered this question: are Minutes of Settlement relating to equalization of net family property still valid and binding on the parties, even after they have reconciled and then separated again? Read the full article here.

“Argument over who primary caregiver is rekindled”

This article looked at the Porter v. Bryan decision, which dealt with mobility rights and the parents of a five-year-old boy, and explored how to define a child’s primary caregiver. Read the full article here.

“Enforceability of marriage contract considered”

The Ontario Court of Appeal in Bakhshi v. Hosseinzadeh looked at the enforceability of a Maher marriage contract, and how it related to Ontario family law property regimes. Read the full article here.

For more information about any of these topics, you can contact Marta or our Family Law Group.


This content is not intended to provide legal advice or opinion as neither can be given without reference to specific events and situations. © 2021 Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP.

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