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Legal Obligations After Death – “Dependent’s Relief” and Post-Death Support

Although it’s not something most of us like to think about, the issue of whether our dependents will be provided for after our deaths is one that we should all think about.   This […]

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Supporting a Grandchild – Should it be Factored into Support Obligations?

As I have written many times before, in Ontario family law Ex-spouses have an obligation to financially support one another, and level and direction of flow of that support will depend on numerous […]

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Thinking of Quitting Work to Avoid Support? Court Sees Right Through It

If after a separation or divorce you are the person obliged to pay spousal support to your Ex, you may fantasize about quitting work in order to try to avoid those court-ordered obligations. […]

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How Do Child Tax Benefits Get Split?

The Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) is a tax-free monthly payment for children under age 18.   Only one parent can receive the CCTB in any given month, so in determining which parent is […]

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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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Is Playing ʺHardballʺ Worth it?

Many people who get embroiled in family litigation– or any litigation, for that matter – develop a “let’s play hardball” attitude toward the process:   they take unreasonable positions, use aggressive or obstructionist tactics, and […]

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The Perils of Drafting Separation Agreements – Knowing What You Don’t Know

Last week I talked about a case called Sabo v. Sabo, 2013 ONCJ 545 (Ont. C.J.), which involved spouses who had gone to court to try to have their separation agreement changed – […]

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Can You Change a Separation Agreement? A Recent Case in Illustration

In a case called Sabo v. Sabo, 2013 ONCJ 545 (Ont. C.J.), the spouses were married for more than 35 years when they separated.  At that time, and with the assistance of lawyers, […]

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