Separation Agreements: Avoiding Common Misconceptions (Part II)

Part I of Separation Agreements: Avoiding Common Misconceptions  Preparing a list of terms to be drafted into a partial or final separation agreement can be an overwhelming task for spouses during this period of transition. Consulting with friends and family who have gone through such a family transition may inadvertently invite some myths and misconceptions into

Separation Agreements – 5 Reasons Why Family Enterprises Require Special Attention

When the decision makers of the family enterprise realize that their domestic relationship is breaking down balancing the family’s transition with the needs of the business is a tough act. Taking a collaborative approach to resolving the legal issues arising at separation bodes well for the ongoing health of the business. Here’s why. Emotional suffering

Regaining Momentum: CMAJ Article July 2016

This article was originally published in Humanities section of the Canadian Medical Association Journal on July 25th, 2016.  Regaining momentum In 1994, after 15 years of nonstop, sedentary postsecondary education, I vowed to learn a new sport every winter and every summer. So, in the winter of 2003, I set out to learn indoor rock wall

When is a Common Law Partnership ‘Official’?

There is great confusion about common-law partnerships. They are a distinct domestic household union recognized by family law courts including the Supreme Court of Canada. Common-law partnerships are not a subset of being married, however they share some elements in common. There is no distinction between same-sex or opposite sex common-law partnerships. From the nationwide

“Family Law Lawyers Just Complicate Things”

Well-intentioned prospective clients are eager to share of all the information they learned from the Internet with their lawyer. Without a critical eye to assess their personal circumstances objectively and without any formal education in the law, much of the ‘research’ can be misguided. Many clients don’t understand why a lawyer redirects their enthusiasm away