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What high-profile couples like the Trudeaus need to know about handling a divorce

Laurie H. Pawlitza and Adam N. Black Special to Financial Post Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s social media announcement about the end of his 18-year marriage made news worldwide this week.
Aug 3, 2023

Ontario Court of Appeal rejects new tort of family violence

Adam N. Black Special to Financial Post The Ontario Court of Appeal has rejected the creation of the tort of family violence in a much anticipated decision that could have significantly tran...
Jul 7, 2023

CRA, ex-wife get paid before man's creditor after matrimonial home is sold

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to Financial Post Many separated couples assume they are equal owners of their home, no matter whether both are on the title, but who actually owns the house matters if...
Jul 6, 2023

Kitchen table separation agreements can be binding under the right circumstances

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to Financial Post Many couples who have entered into a separation agreement, marriage contract or cohabitation agreement later wonder whether they made the right decisi...
May 31, 2023

Couple's move to Ontario puts millions in play in high-stakes divorce case

Adam N. Black Financial Post Wealthy families are no strangers to marriage contracts. But sometimes a formal agreement isn’t enough to satisfy the family law courts. That was one ...
Mar 30, 2023

Why a stepfather was granted parenting time — and court costs — despite biological mother’s objection

Adam N. Black Financial Post Today’s modern family takes its shape in many ways. And a whole new set of family law questions emerge when single parents form new relationships, bec...
Nov 9, 2022
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Impending Ban on Purchases of Residential Real Estate by Non-Canadians: What Home Buyers, Builders and Brokers need to know

Aaron English, Seth Zuk and Anthony D'Angelo The Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act will come into force on January 1, 2023, as one of several measures enact...
Nov 9, 2022

Preparation of Domestic Contracts: Tips, Tricks and Pitfalls to Avoid

Justyna A. Waxman and Victoria Ourumis The Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario Justyna Waxman and Victoria Ourumis will speak at the ILCO’s 30th Annual Conference “Refocus. Reconnect. Recharge."
Nov 4, 2022

Evolution of the family – The Importance of Biological Ties

Laurie H. Pawlitza Commonwealth Lawyers Association In Canada, as the make up of families change, the resolution of parenting issues becomes more complex. The laws in each province and the federal laws ...
Oct 31, 2022

Reunited might not feel so good if you signed a prior separation agreement

Laurie H. Pawlitza Financial Post Elizabeth Taylor, Elon Musk and Frida Kahlo all have something in common: they married the same person twice. Only Kahlo stayed together with Diego Ri...
Oct 6, 2022

Judge appoints receiver to get to the bottom of husband's assets in divorce case

Adam N. Black Financial Post Judicial intolerance for spouses who provide incomplete financial disclosure in divorce cases appears to be on the rise, amid an increasing backlog of...
Sep 20, 2022

In family law, biology no longer the ‘tiebreaker’ when a child’s best interest is at stake

Laurie H. Pawlitza Financial Post As the make up of families changes, the resolution of parenting issues becomes more complex. The laws in each province and the federal laws set out a ...
Aug 11, 2022

Think your marriage contract is a sweetheart deal? Case shows courts may not be so sure

Adam N. Black Financial Post Marriage contracts can be an effective tool for a couple wishing to create certainty in the event of their future separation. But failing to take care...
Jul 28, 2022

Admission of New Evidence on Appeal: The SCC’s Decision in Barendregt v. Grebliunas

Justyna A. Waxman Ontario Bar Association On May 20, 2022, the Supreme Court of Canada released its long-awaited reasons in Barendregt v. Grebliunas, a landmark decision which considered when ...
Jun 10, 2022

If you think child support doesn't apply to stepchildren, think again

Adam N. Black Financial Post Monthly child support payments from one parent to the other are one of the most common outcomes of a separation. As time goes by, separated parents of...
Jun 8, 2022

Family law faces double-dipping dilemma when it comes to stock options, other deferred compensation

Laurie H. Pawlitza Financial Post The Child Support Guidelines and the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines have helped harmonize the awards of child support and spousal support across ...
May 16, 2022

Lying low may not be the best course of action when it comes to temporary spousal support claims

Laurie H. Pawlitza Financial Post Spousal support is one of the most discretionary areas of family law. The issue can become even more complex when a spouse claims retroactive support ...
Apr 13, 2022

Judge awards damages for 'family violence' in landmark case

Adam N. Black Financial Post In a ground-breaking decision, an Ontario court recently ordered a husband to pay his former wife damages of $150,000 on account of the physical and p...
Mar 16, 2022

Father awarded more than $675,000 in costs after epic five-year fight over kids

Adam N. Black Financial Post After five years of litigation, culminating in a 39-day trial and an award of costs in excess of $675,000, a father was finally able to restore his re...
Feb 25, 2022
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