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Is $122,000 a Month in Interim Support Excessive?

Posted August 16, 2018

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Is $122,000 a Month in Interim Support Excessive?

In a blog last week, I wrote about the recent decision in Zavet v. Herzog, which was essentially an Estates matter where the key “players” were:  1) Sam, the now-deceased successful real estate developer worth at least $200  million; 2) his Estate Trustee, who was his wife Dianne from whom Sam had been separated for over two decades; and 3) ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: How Family Run Businesses can Survive and Thrive after Divorce

Posted August 15, 2018

Wednesday's Video Clip: How Family Run Businesses can Survive and Thrive after Divorce

One of the common fears of clients who own family-run businesses is how a divorce will affect the business they have spent their life building. While business owners have control over the work they put into their business and the legacy they are building for their family, they may ...

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A Crash Course on Paying for Kids’ Post-Secondary Education

Posted August 14, 2018

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A Crash Course on Paying for Kids’ Post-Secondary Education

It’s almost back-to-school time, and with it comes the usual surge of expenses for parents. For separated or divorced parents of older children, the allocation of education costs can be contentious, particularly if the child has already completed one university or college degree, and is embarking on a second degree.  A very common question ...

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Court Bars Condo Guests from Posting Interior Pics on Social Media

Posted August 9, 2018

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Court Bars Condo Guests from Posting Interior Pics on Social Media

The recent ruling in Zavet v. Herzog involved a preliminary motion brought by a woman named Alona, who was the long-time common-law partner of a very successful real estate developer named Sam.  Although the Estate was still in the early stages of untangling his extremely complex business affairs (with Sam’s separated wife Dianne being ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: How Long Does Child Support Continue in Ontario

Posted August 8, 2018

Wednesday's Video Clip: How Long Does Child Support Continue in Ontario

In Ontario, child support must be paid as long as the child remains a dependent.

In this video, family lawyer Russell Alexander discusses how long child support continues and when a court, or parents, should consider stopping or terminating child support payments.

At Russell Alexander, Family Lawyers our focus is exclusively family law, ...

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Children and the Legal System — Appeal Court Rules on Kids’ Privacy and the Role of the OCL

Posted August 7, 2018

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Children and the Legal System -- Appeal Court Rules on Kids’ Privacy and the Role of the OCL

Being involved in the Canadian justice system is never easy on anyone. But especially for children, it can have long-range negative impact.  As the Ontario court observed in a case called Graham v. Bruto:

Children are among the most vulnerable members of society. Courts, administrative authorities and legislative ...

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Who Gets Custody of Purchased Embryos?

Posted August 2, 2018

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Unique Case Asks: Who Gets Custody of Purchased Embryos?

In a unique contract law case, the Ontario court was asked to rule on which of two former spouses is the “owner” of an embryo created from purchased gametes during their marriage.

During their 10-year union the couple had paid US$11,500 to purchase donated eggs and sperm from a U.S. company.  Four embryos resulted, only of two of ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: Have you seen our new YouTube videos? 

Posted August 1, 2018

Wednesday's Video Clip: Have you seen our new YouTube videos? 

The team over at Russell Alexander Family Lawyers worked extremely hard to bring you these new question and answer videos. We've covered an array of topics and are excited to share this new information with you.

For more information check out our website: ...

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“Smoking Gun” Email Helps Convince Court to Strike Out Husband’s Pleadings

Posted July 31, 2018

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“Smoking Gun” Email Helps Convince Court to Strike Out Husband’s Pleadings

When a court “strikes out” a litigant’s pleadings, it essentially precludes that person from participating in the proceedings any further.  It is a drastic order by the court, usually in response to a situation where the person’s conduct shows that he or she is unwilling to co-operate in the orderly judicial ...

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Calculating Child Support: What About Those Self-Employment Expenses?

Posted July 26, 2018

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Calculating Child Support: What About Those Self-Employment Expenses?

In a recent case called Sawma v. Zeidan, the court was tasked with calculating the child support amounts payable by the separated father to the mother for the child they had together. The essential issue was the father’s annual income for a 5-year period; those figures would be used to ...

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