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Don't you dare! That's my mother's inheritance!

Thumbnail image for pic.jpgWhen two people married to each other separate in Ontario, they must divide their family property in the manner provided for in the applicable legislation (unless they agree otherwise). While most people seem to be aware that the value of gifts or inheritances that one receives from a third party during his/her marriage is excluded from that division, many people are unaware that they may loose that exclusion unless they deal with their gifts and inheritances in a certain manner.

Tricked into parenthood?

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A handful of clients have come into my office with statements such as: "she told me she was on the pill", "she told me she could not get pregnant", "I clearly told her I did not want children", and the classic "she told me that if she ever got pregnant, she would take care of the child on her own". The follow-up question is often "do I still have to pay child support?". The answer is incontestably, irrevocably, categorically: YES. In Canadian Family Law, the child will never be made to suffer financially because of the fault of one of his/her parents.

How does a surrogacy agreement work?

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Almost one in six couples in Canada will have infertility issues when trying to start a family. Fertility law is an emerging branch of family law. Family lawyers can assist clients with fertility law by drafting Sperm Donor Contracts and Surrogacy Agreements. In a Sperm Donor Contract a male agrees to provide another couple with semen to allow them to conceive a child. In a Surrogacy Agreement, a female agrees to bear and give birth to another couple's child (usually conceived "in vitro"). For obvious reasons, surrogacy agreements can have far more implications for the "donor".

L'effet des relations entre avocats lors d'une séparation

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Les avocats devraient-ils être courtois entre eux ou est-ce que cela diminue la qualité de la représentation offerte à leurs clients?

Généralement, lorsque les gens pensent aux avocats, ils associent leur rôle avec celui que les acteurs peignent dans les téléséries américaines telles que Suits et The Good Wife. Ils sont souvent en conflits, agressifs et zélés, parfois même arrogants. Donc, ce n'est pas surprenant que les gens ont comme postulat que l'agressivité chez un avocat est synonyme de compétence et de réussite. Or, l'expérience au sein d'une pratique en droit familial démontre clairement que c'est loin d'être vrai.

Can I change the beneficiary of my life insurance policy when I separate?

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It is always recommended that you NOT change the beneficiary of your life insurance policy (who is usually your ex-spouse) until you have resolved all financial matters arising from your separation or divorce by way of a separation agreement or court order.

Une grande différence entre aller à la cour versus aller au procès

En Ontario, moins de 3% de toutes les actions intentées devant la cour de la famille aboutissent en un procès. Le fait que votre requête judiciaire n'ait pas besoin d'un procès ne veut pas dire que vous n'irez jamais en cour. Bien au contraire!

Surviving Divorce's Do's and Don'ts

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Going through divorce is surely one of the most difficult experience you will go through in life. The Huffington Post has recently published a very interesting blog entitled "Surviving Divorce: 20 Dos and Don'ts" which we found very interesting (and ho! so very true...). We have highlighted twelve which in our view were the most important ones. We have also added our own annotations, in a snapshot:

Le mystère du droit collaboratif

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En tant que nouvelle avocate, je suis constamment en mode apprentissage. Bien que j'ai passé ce qui me semble être d'innombrables années à étudier pour finalement devenir avocate, j'ai vite réalisé que ma formation d'avocate n'était peut-être pas aussi complète que je le pensais.

When can I deduct the legal fees from my taxes?

LEGAL FEES

You may not know that in certain circumstances, you may be able to claim part or all of the legal fees that you have paid in the context of your family matter (within or outside of a court action) as a tax deduction on your tax return. But not all legal fees: only those incurred with respect to the enforcement or establishment of child and/or spousal support.

La retraite anticipée: une aubaine ou une fatalité?

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En négociant leur accord de séparation, les ex-conjoints font un certain nombre de prévisions sur lesquelles ils se fondent pour calculer la pension alimentaire pour conjoint(e). L'un de ces facteurs est l'âge anticipé de la retraite des parties (habituellement du payeur).

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