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What is ‘table’ child support and why is it so hard to get it reduced?

Special to the National Post Separated spouses who pay child support are often surprised by the short shrift family lawyers give them when they ask why there is such strict adhere...
Aug 14, 2019
Article

Joint tenants or tenants in common? Don't leave it to the courts and your heirs to sort out

Special to the National Post Lawyers often say that estate litigation is like “family law with dead people” because, in both disciplines, emotions tend to run high. A ...
Jul 17, 2019
Article

Family fight over farm puts question of 'undue influence' under the microscope

Special to the National Post Wills and contracts can be challenged in a myriad of circumstances, including if there was fraud, duress or undue influence. Recently, a Saskatchewan ...
Jun 18, 2019
Article

Family law arbitration has advantages, but it's no guarantee you'll stay out of court

Special to the National Post Many see arbitration as a faster, more efficient way to resolve disputes, but there is reason to be cautious.
Jun 3, 2019
Presentation

ADR Skills for Family Law Lawyers

The Advocates' Society Program, Faculty
May 3, 2019
Article

Discretionary trusts prove problematic when it comes to dividing assets

Special to the National Post One of the most blurry property valuation issues in family law arises when a separating spouse has a discretionary interest in a family trust.
Mar 28, 2019
Article

Just because your ex failed to disclose assets, doesn't mean you get a cut

Special to the National Post Determining the effect of non-disclosure on a negotiated settlement can be a challenge as one case illustrates.
Mar 7, 2019
Article

Former Dragons’ Den star's divorce case highlights trouble with ‘expert testimony’ in family law

Special to the National Post Judge expressed frustration with experts who supported the positions of the party who hired them.
Jan 30, 2019
Article

What you need to know if you are considering getting a divorce in 2019

Special to the National Post Here are some words of advice for people looking to join the flood of calls to family lawyers early each January.
Jan 9, 2019
Article

‘Excruciating’ trial in case that lasted 17 years emblematic of troubles plaguing family courts

Special to the National Post In every province in Canada, cases are taking longer and our laws have become significantly more complex.
Nov 28, 2018
Article

Therapy records are an explosive issue in custody battles

Special to the National Post Having records made public because evidence of professional treatment was provided may well result in a chilling effect for those who need treatment.
Oct 31, 2018
Article

Dog not just another asset to be divided, dissenting judge argues

Special to the National Post Dog ownership is nuanced and should take into consideration relationships, care and expenses.
Oct 3, 2018
Article

Battle over embryo highlights family law's new fertility frontier

Special to the National Post As part of a divorce, the parties disputed what should happen with the remaining embryo. The wife wanted to use it; the husband objected.
Sep 5, 2018
Article

All three adult members of polyamorous family deemed child's parents by Newfoundland judge

Special to the National Post In the first decision of its kind in Canada, all three adult members of a polyamorous family have been recognized as parents of a child. Two months ag...
Jun 21, 2018
Article

Why Ottawa's changes to the Divorce Act don't go far enough

Special to the National Post Last week, Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould introduced a bill to amend the Divorce Act and other pieces of federal family law legislation in t...
Jun 21, 2018
Article

When does a separated spouse have to pay rent to an ex?

Special to the National Post It is not unusual for one spouse to move out during a separation, leaving the other spouse in the home. The one staying in the home might even live th...
May 16, 2018
Article

New romantic partners can be dragged into the fray in support disputes

Special to the National Post Family law disputes are usually disputes between former spouses.  But doubtless to the chagrin of a spouse’s new partner, that new partner ...
May 2, 2018
Article

What child and spousal support payors (and recipients) need to know at tax time

Special to the National Post After a separation, changes in a couple’s finances often result in a change in their tax situation. Since 1999, a parent paying child support ca...
Apr 18, 2018
Article

Boxer's legal dispute sheds light on questions of capacity

Special to the National Post As Canada’s baby boomers age, their health declines and legal issues can increase. Many of those issues involve questions of ‘capacity&...
Apr 4, 2018
Article

Hand over the ballet slippers — 'Frequent flyer' parents tie up family courts with trivial arguments

Special to the National Post But there's a developing niche profession of people who will resolve these disputes — at a cost, of course.
Mar 22, 2018
Article

Alienating a former spouse may come with a cost in family court

​Special to the National Post “I have a full family and it doesn’t include your (sic) sorry a– ,” wrote a 21-year-old son to his father in a 2005 Ontario ca...
Mar 8, 2018
Article

Damages for spousal abuse are on the rise after several years of neglect in family court

​Special to the National Post The world of family law peers behind closed doors and reveals the most intimate of details. Most often, courts decide issues of custody and access, sp...
Feb 22, 2018
Article

Zombie spousal support: When death doesn't end your obligations to your ex

​Special to the National Post The agreement must contain a clause that spousal support ends on the death of the recipient, or you keep paying.
Feb 7, 2018
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She lied about being on the pill, and now she's pregnant. Do you still have to pay child support?

Special to the National Post Unwilling fathers have made many creative claims to try to avoid their child support obligations when parenthood has been thrust upon them.
Jan 24, 2018
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