Spousal Support: It’s a Two Way Street

Spousal Support: It’s a Two Way Street

Belinda would boast to her colleagues how proud she was that her spouse didn’t have to work. She earned enough for the family and they lived well. Once the children were in full-day school, that song changed. Her family company was bought out and staff redundancy planning was well underway. Belinda’s encouragement of her husband
A Child’s Place? Being a Child

A Child’s Place? Being a Child

From a parent’s perspective: the goal is to keep the children away from their adult business. Private conversations. Absences by one or both parents at mealtimes. Hushed voices. From the children’s perspective: the emotional hurdles, the atypical outbursts and the squabbling over simple scheduling matters spell out something is amiss and very wrong. The kids
Valuations in More Detail

Valuations in More Detail

Valuations are an important part of resolving property and support issues in a family law matter. Assets subject to being valued include the matrimonial homes, family businesses, hobby farms, and securities held in investment portfolios.  An income stream from investments, rental properties, and family business are also common sources from which support obligations are paid.
When you think Divorce…?

When you think Divorce…?

Separation ? Loss, pain, fear, expensive, loss of identity, freedom? Unable to breathe, loss of benefits, unanticipated, amicable resolution? About Children? Love, anguish, cherish, mischievous, all mine, schedules and more schedules! Disciplined, protect- them- for- the- rest- of -their -lives, comfort, chores, fear? Inexperienced, distant, loud, supporting, trusting? Your Home? My neighbourhood, expensive, safe, family
It’s All in the Numbers

It’s All in the Numbers

Today’s family law negotiations are all about the numbers. The value of assets, the amount of support, and the cost of living. The numbers tell who will receive how much, directs us to consider tax considerations, and the timing of the payments. And that’s exactly what you want to know when negotiating a marriage contract,
Getting the Best Family Law Lawyer:  It begins with a “C”

Getting the Best Family Law Lawyer: It begins with a “C”

Top 10 Characteristics of a Collaborative Family Law Lawyer Competence: Your lawyer of choice sufficiently skilled, intelligent, and flush with analytical skills, she is also cognizant of her weaknesses. She knows when to turn to a trusted colleague practicing in a complementary field of law to offer assistance. Your lawyer will be enrolled in professional
Tackling Your Own Separation Agreement, Really?

Tackling Your Own Separation Agreement, Really?

The online kits available to write your separation agreement look quite appealing. It’s quick and inexpensive. You can select whatever clauses catch your eye. Leave behind the small print and whatever seems overly complicated. Agree, print and sign. Not so fast. The headaches you’ll face by drafting such an important personal document on your own