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Long-Awaited Update to Federal Child Support Guidelines

Posted November 16, 2017

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Long-Awaited Update to Federal Child Support Guidelines

Important news for those who pay – or are eligible to receive – child support anywhere in Canada.

What are the “Guidelines”?

As most of my readers will know, the Federal Child Support Guidelines (the “Guidelines”) are the government-sponsored tool that help separated and divorcing parents set the appropriate ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: Ontario Divorce Courts, Introduction to Collaborative Practice

Posted November 15, 2017

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Wednesday's Video Clip: Ontario Divorce Courts, Introduction to Collaborative Practice

Collaborative Divorce, also known as "Divorce without Courts" or Collaborative Practice, is a new way for lawyers to help resolve your marital dispute respectfully, and without Courts. In Ontario, Lawyers can help negotiate divorce settlements, while maintaining open communication and creating a shared solution between spouses. In this video, an Associate Lawyer at Russell Alexander Family Lawyers, discusses the merits of collaborative ...

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Should (Another) 20-Year-Old Cohabitation Agreement Be Upheld?

Posted November 14, 2017

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Should (Another) 20-Year-Old Cohabitation Agreement Be Upheld?

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a case in which the court was asked whether a separation agreement signed by a couple 20 years earlier should be upheld.

Coincidentally, another recent Ontario Court of Appeal case involved a similar circumstance.

When the couple started living together 20 years ago – and at the husband’s insistence, ...

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Could Long-Haul Trucker Dad Quit His Job (and Avoid Child Support) Due to Dizziness?

Posted November 9, 2017

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Could Long-Haul Trucker Dad Quit His Job (and Avoid Child Support) Due to Dizziness?

After separating from the father, the mother had full-time custody of their two 17-year-old children.  The father agreed to pay a set amount of child support, based on his long-distance trucker’s income of $66,000.   However, he was prohibited from communicating with any of them, under the terms of his bail ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: Child Support in Ontario, Introduction to Child Custody

Posted November 8, 2017

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Wednesday's Video Clip: Child Support in Ontario, Introduction to Child Custody

In Ontario, like other jurisdictions, both parents have a responsibility to financially support their children. For the spouse without custody, the amount of child support that must be paid is based on income and the number of children. In this short video clip,  a family law clerk at Russell Alexander Family Lawyers, talks about custody and answers questions many people have about child support.

At Russell Alexander, Family Lawyers our focus ...

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In Custody Case, Court Avoid Declaring Either Warring Parent the “Winner”

Posted November 7, 2017

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In Custody Case, Court Avoid Declaring Either Warring Parent the “Winner”

The parents of a now 13-year-old boy and of three other now-adult children had separated very acrimoniously in 2012.  The court describes the end of the relationship this way:
The parties separated at the end of December, 2012. There was a meeting of the family, not including [the 13-year old son], in early January, 2013. It was ...

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Dad Loses Joint Custody, But Gets Access to Give Son Needed “Down-time”

Posted November 2, 2017

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Dad Loses Joint Custody, But Gets Access to Give Son Needed “Down-time”

In a case called Newman v. Nicholson, the parents of a 14-year old boy had been subject to a court order, granting them each joint custody.  The boy lived in the primary care of his mother since he was 2 years old.

Over that period, the mother had done most of the work around attending to the boy’s needs:  For ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: The Need for a Support System

Posted November 1, 2017

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Wednesday's Video Clip: The Need for a Support System

In this short video Russell Alexander discusses the importance of having a support system in place when you go through a divorce.

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 ...

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“Property” or “Income”? Appeal Court Rules on Structured Settlement Annuities

Posted October 31, 2017

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“Property” or “Income”? Appeal Court Rules on Structured Settlement Annuities

Recently the Ontario Court of Appeal delivered a ruling on a very narrow, but important, issue:  Whether structured settlement annuity payments are considered “property” or “income” under Ontario family law legislation dealing with property-division by spouses on separation.

In ...

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Is Sex Addiction Relevant to Divorce?

Posted October 26, 2017

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Is Sex Addiction Relevant to Divorce?

With the recent coverage of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, there has been speculation in the Canadian media about the validity of his claims to have a “sex addiction”, and whether such a so-called affliction really exists at ...

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