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Recent Developments in Dependent Support from Estates

On December 5, 2016, the Ontario Legislature passed new legislation, called the All Families Are Equal Act, 2016 S.O. 2016, c.23 (Bill 28) (“the...
Aug 2017
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Understanding Retroactive Child Support

In the current era of “Big Data” and information overload, law is no different from other aspects of life in the sense that one must be ca...
Aug 2017
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Caught In The Middle: Custody And Access Rights Of Third Parties & Grandparents

As an increasing number of families in Ontario are experiencing conflict or a devastating event in their relationship, more and more third parties, in...
Mar 2017
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Minimizing the Costs of Separation/Divorce: The Collaborative Process

When it comes to a separation, there are different types of costs to consider. Right away, most people think about the financial cost. However, there ...
Oct 2016
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A Victory in Child Protection Law

In an almost fairytale-like ending to a four year battle with the Toronto Children’s Aid Society (C.A.S.), Jim Peluch of the SorbaraLaw Family L...
Oct 2016
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The Latest Baby Boomer Dilemma: Spousal Support Obligation and Early Retirement

Family law lawyers are increasingly encountering issues arising on the breakdown of a marriage where the parties previously agreed that one spouse cou...
Jan 2016
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When Revenge isn’t Sweet

As a result of what appeared to be a misguided attempt to “get even” with his (ex-)wife for calling the police following a domestic assaul...
Dec 2015
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Not Every Gift is Free: the Impact of Gifting on Child Support

As many parents who pay child support already know, the determination of income is of critical importance. Until recently, gifts received by a payor p...
Nov 2015
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When Is a Cottage a Matrimonial Home?

In Egan v. Burton [2013] O.J. No. 2408, the parties had been married for twenty years with the husband having brought into the marriage a cottage whic...
Nov 2014
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Exclusive Possession of the Matrimonial Home

Under section 24 of the Family Law Act, the court has the power to grant a married spouse exclusive possession of a matrimonial home regardless of whi...
Mar 2014
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Collaborative Family Law

A (relatively) new alternative dispute resolution process is gaining increased traction in the family law world. Collaborative Family Law (CFL) arose ...
Feb 2014
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Estates Pitfall: Former Spouses and Beneficiary Designations

The end of a marriage marks a time of transition, upheaval and emotional challenges. For those who are legally married but separated, or who are in a ...
Feb 2014
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A Marriage Under Sharia Law Can be Valid in Ontario

Under Ontario law, when a couple separates, a claim may be made pursuant to the Family Law Act for an equalization of net family property. This equali...
Feb 2014
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