When is a Common Law Partnership ‘Official’?

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 2011
Family Law Lawyers Just Complicate Things

Family Law Lawyers Just Complicate Things

Well-intentioned prospective clients are eager to share 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 from
Oh Joyful Weddings!

Oh Joyful Weddings!

Relishing the abundance of attention, the many warm embraces, congratulatory fist bumps, gathering of family, friends and special guests. Honouring all guests for joining with you for your union. Celebrating the spirit of the occasion, your hopes, dreams and plans coming to full fruition while stumbling and learning along the way and being humble and
Inaugural South Toronto Collaborative Event

Inaugural South Toronto Collaborative Event

I’d like to share my presentation with you at our inaugural South Toronto Collaborative event. More than a decade ago, I initiated and continue to facilitate the South Toronto Collaborative Small Interdisciplinary Practice Group. It started as a friendly forum for newly-trained collaborative professionals all working in their own fields of expertise - lawyers, financial
Surviving Your Divorce

Surviving Your Divorce

Keep everyone out: Remind yourself of that universal proverb: good fences make good neighbours. No pre-selection of who will be brought into your inner circle once the divorce has been granted and no sharing your story with your spouse’s employer, best friend and sports friends. Privacy prevents the wrong message from circulating and respects relationships.