Knowledge Base: Complex Asset Division

Keeping the Ring – Does it Matter Who Broke Off the Engagement?

We wrote recently about whether you can sue someone for breaking a promise to live together (and the short answer is: You can’t). This touches upon a broader point:  When relationships fail early […]

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More on “Snowbirds” and Court Jurisdiction Over Support and Property Claims

A while back I wrote about the trial court decision in a case called Knowles v. Lindstrom, 2013 ONSC 2818   which involved an unmarried couple who spent time in both Ontario and […]

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Does Receiving An Inheritance Affect Your Support Obligations?

In the course of the average lifetime, it will usually not be often that you find yourself inheriting significant sums of money after a loved one or close friend has died. Still, the […]

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When You Break an Engagement, Who Gets to Keep the Ring?

It’s hard to walk past a grocery store cash line without noticing all the celebrity gossip magazines that follow the various relationships break-ups and make-ups, divorces and broken engagements. One of the common […]

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If You Go Bankrupt, Are You Off-the-Hook?

In an Ontario separation case called Brothers v. LeBlanc, 2013 ONSC 4073, the court was asked to consider an interesting question:  is a spouse who has gone bankrupt still obligated to live up to […]

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Can I Sell the House Without My Spouse Knowing

Can I Sell the House Without My Spouse Knowing?

While it hasn’t come up often (fortunately), I have had the occasional married client ask me this:  Can he or she legally sell the home that the couple shares, without the other spouse consenting […]

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