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Aunt and Nephew Settle on How to Split Disputed $1.2 Lottery Win

Posted September 25, 2018

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Aunt and Nephew Settle on How to Split Disputed $1.2 Lottery Win

In a decision in an unusual recent Nova Scotia case, the court introduced the factual narrative this way:

In July 2018, a winning ticket bearing the names of Barbara Ann Reddick, and her nephew, Tyrone MacInnis, was drawn at the popular Chase the Ace lottery in Margaree.  The lottery ...

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Family Law Costs:  “Divided” Success is not “Equal” Success

Posted September 20, 2018

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Family Law Costs:  “Divided” Success is not “Equal” Success

Readers may know that one element of the courts’ role is to allocate how the costs incurred in Family Law proceedings are to be divided up between the litigants.   The presumptive rule, traditionally stated, is that “the costs should follow the event”, which simply means that a ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: What is a Retainer Agreement?

Posted September 19, 2018

Wednesday's Video Clip: What is a Retainer Agreement?

Ontario family lawyer Russell Alexander talks about retainer agreements between client and lawyer. These agreements set out the scope of services provided by your lawyer and defines the contractual relationship between you and your lawyer.

At Russell Alexander, Family Lawyers our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related ...

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Please Support the Humane Society of Durham Region

Posted September 18, 2018

Please Support the Humane Society of Durham Region

Russell Alexander, Collaborative Family Lawyers are thrilled to announce that this year our annual charity walk will support the Humane Society of Durham Region. The Friends for Life Walk takes place at Ajax Downs Race Track on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 12-2 p.m. Pets and donors from all walks of life are welcome.

Join us at Ajax Downs this Saturday, and help us ...

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Single Mom’s Victorious Legal Journey for Disabled Adult Son Finally at an End

Posted September 18, 2018

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Single Mom’s Victorious Legal Journey for Disabled Adult Son Finally at an End

This week we reveal the happy ending to one devoted mother’s ceaseless struggle to obtain child support for her disabled adult son.  It started with the landmark 2017 decision we wrote about previously, which prompted the Ontario government to amend the Family Law Act ...

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Divorce Information Centre Announces New Section for Ontario Separation

Posted September 14, 2018

We are delighted to announce that we have published a new section on our Divorce Information Centre entitled, Separation Process in Ontario – Where Should I Start?. For more information on getting started with your separation, click here.

New information on family law separations and divorce is shared regularly on our Divorce Information Centre. Stay tuned for ...

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Parents’ Joint Decision for Wife to Start Business Can Still Result in Her “Intentional Underemployment”

Posted September 13, 2018

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Parents’ Joint Decision for Wife to Start Business Can Still Result in Her “Intentional Underemployment”

At first blush, the facts in Lavie v. Lavie appear unremarkable, but on closer look they gave the Ontario Court of Appeal the opportunity to clarify a narrow issue about how the wife’s business venture – that both parents agreed to – could still result in her being ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: What are some do’s and do nots of texting during divorce?

Posted September 12, 2018

Wednesday's Video Clip: What are some do's and do nots of texting during divorce?

DO text to discuss child custody and access. DO text to provide or request information that you need from your spouse. DO text to discuss the resolution of any outstanding issues resulting from your separation. DO text to engage in any other polite communication with your spouse. DO NOT text in an attempt to force or bully your ...

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Social Media “Smoking Gun” Evidence Thwarts Income Assistance Eligibility

Posted September 11, 2018

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Social Media “Smoking Gun” Evidence Thwarts Income Assistance Eligibility

In several prior posts, Facebook or other social media evidence has been a factor in a court’s decision on various Family law matters, most often relating to child custody and access.

For something on this same theme yet still a little out -of-the-ordinary, I noted a recent decision from pertaining to Income ...

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School’s About to Start:  Who Pays to Transport the Kids?

Posted September 6, 2018

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School’s About to Start:  Who Pays to Transport the Kids?

September is back-to-school time.   It can be a challenging time for parents generally, but when there is a separation or divorce in the mix, there can be a lot of fine-tuning getting kids to-and-from school.  A very recent Ontario court illustrates some of the difficulties ...

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