On Income Tax, Support Arrears, and Retroactive Support
Income tax time will be upon us soon enough. If you are receiving spousal support from your former spouse, you may wonder how those support payments should be treated when it comes time to file your income tax return with the Canada Revenue Agency.
The answer is straightforward: If you are receiving spousal ...
Wednesday's Video Clip: Top 5 Questions About Spousal Support in Ontario, Canada
In this video Russell reviews some of the more common questions about spousal support in Ontario, including:
1) What is spousal support?
Spousal support -- which is sometimes called "alimony" -- is money paid from one spouse to the other after the dissolution of the relationship. The obligation to pay spousal support is a legal one, and may arise either from a ...
Jeff Bezos Does Not Have a Separation Agreement – But You Should!
Jeff Bezos, the 54-year-old billionaire founder of Amazon.com, and his 48-year-old wife MacKenzie Bezos have decided to divorce. The couple met in 1993, long before Jeff had even amassed his first million, and they got married six months later.
Now, those more austere newly-wed days are a long-ago memory: Jeff is ...
The Ghosts of GM: Past, Present and Future
On November 26, 2018, the General Motors Company (GM) announced that it will cease allocating new product to its Oshawa assembly plant beyond the end of 2019. This came as a shock to the 2,500 employees who work at the Oshawa plant and the many more who depend on their income. While the jury is still out on whether GM will be laying off or re-training its 2,500 employees, one thing is ...
Did Wife’s Lawyer Know of Husband’s Asset? And Can Court Assume Wife Knew, Too?
In a family law decision called Anderson v. McWatt, the Ontario Court of Appeal addressed a narrow evidentiary point: If one party is truly unaware of a certain fact, but his or her lawyer may have known about it, can a court impute that knowledge to the party?
Wednesday's Video Clip: What can I do if my spouse doesn't want to get divorced?
If your spouse wants to oppose your divorce and you have been separated for more than one year, then there is very little they can do to stop it. Once you have filed an application, they must file materials claiming that the two of you have actually not been living separate and apart for that period of time. If they choose to do this they may be able to delay your ...
Did Wife Need to Stay Home for 20 Years to Raise Kids?
In a 2018 case called Zomparelli v. Conforti, the divorcing couple had gone to court 15 years earlier, in 2003, to address spousal support. At that time, a judge had ordered the husband to pay the wife monthly support, reviewable after a few years, and noted the wife was a “capable person and could succeed at most forms of ...
Ontario Court of Appeal Speaks Out on Need for Family Law Appeal Reform – Again
It’s not often that the Ontario Court of Appeal steps outside of its decision-making role in order to comment on deficiencies in the Family Law justice system. But that is exactly what it has done – on more than one recent occasion – to call for much-needed reform of the Family Law appeal process.