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Wednesday’s Video Clip: How Base Child Support Is Calculated

Posted July 25, 2018


Wednesday's Video Clip: How Base Child Support is Calculated

In this video we discuss how the Child Support Table in the Guidelines sets out the amounts of support to be paid, depending on the "gross income" of the paying parent and the number of children that the support order covers. Gross income means before taxes and most other deductions. The amounts to be paid are based on the average amounts of money that parents at various ...

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Is a Child Conceived After a Parent’s Death Still Entitled to Inherit?

Posted July 24, 2018

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Is a Child Conceived After a Parent’s Death Still Entitled to Inherit?

It’s a narrow legal issue, and one that likely does not come up often. But an amendment to the Ontario legislation governing who gets to inherit a deceased’s parent’s property makes it possible for children conceived after a ...

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What’s Considered ‘Bad Faith” in Family Law?

Posted July 19, 2018

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What’s Considered ‘Bad Faith” in Family Law?

Everyone has stories about divorces-gone-bad:  High levels of conflict over trivial matters, under-reporting income or hiding assets, and other forms of generally bad behaviour by former spouses towards each other.

Divorce being the emotionally complex process that it is, it’s hard to draw the line between straightforward “asserting your legal rights” ...

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Is Using the SSAGs Truly “Voluntary”? When Can a Court Deviate from Them?

Posted July 17, 2018

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Is Using the SSAGs Truly “Voluntary”? When Can a Court Deviate from Them?

Those of you who read my Blog regularly are familiar with the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines (the “SSAGs” or simply the “Guidelines”) which are designed to help spouses, lawyers, mediators and judges to “determine the amount and duration of spousal support within the existing legal framework of ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: We’re Here to Help

Posted July 17, 2018

Wednesday's Video Clip: We're Here to Help

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At Russell Alexander, Family Lawyers our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and spousal support, division of family property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders.  For more information, visit us at ...

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Must a Judge Actually Read the Materials That Family Litigants File?

Posted July 12, 2018

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Must a Judge Actually Read the Materials That Family Litigants File?

In a recent Court of Appeal decision, the court entertained a novel little question:

Does the fact that a motion court judge admitted to not having read the materials filed by the parties automatically mean his or her judgment on their ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: What Are The Child Support Guidelines?

Posted July 11, 2018

Wednesday's Video Clip: What Are The Child Support Guidelines?

In this video we discusses the child support guidelines. In 1997, the federal government brought in a set of new rules and tables for calculating the amount of support a parent who does not have custody of his or her child must pay to the parent who has custody. These rules and tables were later adopted by the Ontario government and are set out in the Child ...

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Court Finds Wife’s New Lawyer’s Attempt to Renege on Deal “Too Cute By Half”

Posted July 10, 2018

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Court Finds Wife’s New Lawyer’s Attempt to Renege on Deal “Too Cute By Half”

The question in a case called Hillis v. Hillis was whether the wife’s new lawyer could (conveniently) rely on the fact that the wife had not signed her own Offer to Settle, as a means of getting out of a deal they had negotiated with the husband.

Spoiler alert:  The court wasn’t buying it.

The separated ...

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New Online Divorce Application Service Enters Pilot Stage 

Posted July 9, 2018

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New Online Divorce Application Service Enters Pilot Stage 

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice (OSCJ) has announced that couples who live Brampton, Hamilton, Ottawa, or Toronto and who collectively agree to a divorce may now file an application for divorce online. This pilot study is being conducted with an intention to speed up the process of filing for a divorce.

Although, before you submit an ...

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Did Trial Judge Go Wrong By Granting Husband a “Support Holiday”?

Posted July 5, 2018

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Did Trial Judge Go Wrong By Granting Husband a “Support Holiday”?

Did an Ontario trial judge make a mistake by granting a bankrupt husband a two-year “support holiday,” meaning a temporary break from paying spousal support, to allow him to “get back on his feet”?  And did the judge err further, by reducing his support obligations, when the break was over?

This was the question for ...

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