Online kits to help you complete your separation agreement with checkboxes may look like they solve all your problems: they are readily available, fully customizable, and easy to skip over language you don’t understand. The old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ aptly applies. You won’t recognize conflicting provisions or out of date
Transitions in our personal lives signal a new journey tumbling with emotion, stress, and at times overwhelming our daily lives. Families aren’t predictable. Alliances are dynamic and change over time. Emotional responses interrupt our brain’s natural ability to think clearly, analyze data, and make plans appropriate to the situation. Some of that emotional stress interrupts
Separating during the holiday season can be complicated, balancing your own needs with the needs of your children and family expectations. Keep these considerations in mind as you transition into a separated family this season. Your children always come first Regardless of how you feel about your spouse, the key to good co-parenting is making
Financial support is the statutory right of a child reliant on their separated or divorced parents for their accommodation, food, clothing, education, medical care and other needs. Recent amendments to the relevant legislation in Ontario broadens the definition of who is a parent in today’s societal and family context. A Parent’s Obligation to Provide for
By Guest blogger Dionne Chambers Part II: Can signing a domestic contract protect you from future child support obligations? In Part I, we looked at some indicators in blended families where relationship you form with your partner’s children begins to attract child support obligations for you should the relationship between you and your partner end.
By Guest blogger Dionne Chambers Part I: When are you a parent for the purposes of child support? You’re the parent who has been living with your partner and his children from a previous relationship. You have two special children yourself. The kids share time with their other biological parents at different locations on a
You authorize your lawyer to obtain a divorce order by signing the Retainer Agreement. As you know, in Canada, there must be a one year wait from the date of separation to the date of the application to grant the court authority to grant a divorce order. The process to obtain the divorce order can
I’m not your messenger: Please talk directly to each other and don’t leave letters to each other in my knapsack. Your anger is hurting me: I understand that divorcing leaves parents emotionally exhausted. I need strong, patient, and caring parents. You are teaching me anger when you are fighting with each other in my presence.
GRADUATIONS AND WEDDINGS! The families are assembling to celebrate and rejoice! The kids are graduating from kindergarten and grade school and high school and colleges and universities. Student loans to be settled and education and moving tax credits are ending. With new jobs come new apartments. Child support obligations start to wind down as the
The first questions should focus on how you want to proceed. Here’s an example: Do you want to be heard about what matters to you? If this is an important issue for you, then consider staying away from choosing an approach like court where your ‘hired gun’ does all the talking. What does being heard
Imputing Income: 3 Responses to 3 Risky Scenarios Canadian child support legislation reiterates society’s desire to hold children’s welfare as the first financial priority for families upon separation. A tenant of that principle is the consistent treatment objective of the Child Support Guidelines (CSG). Both spouses earning the same income yet applying different tax treatments
Many former spouses signaled the end of their relationship with a negotiated separation agreement. The journey from date of separation to signed agreement may have spawned a few months to a couple of years. Whether they were wise to retain legal counsel or perhaps were not able to do so, each would have been embroiled