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Child Support for Kids with Special Needs

As readers of this Blog will know, if you are a parent in Ontario, then you have a legal obligation to support your child, and the extent of this obligation will always depend […]

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Can You Live “Separate and Apart” Under the Same Roof? – Some Points to Know

In a prior “Divorce in Ontario:  Frequently Asked Questions” post, I have written about the requirement, in advance of a divorce, that you and your Ex must have been living “separate and apart” […]

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Do Support Obligations Survive a Kid’s Hiatus from School?

As I have written before, in Ontario all parents have an obligation under the Family Law Act to support their “child” which is defined to include an unmarried child who is “enrolled in […]

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More on Intemperate Texting in Family Law

I have written in the past that the intemperate and unrestrained use of text messages can get you into trouble if you are going through a separation, divorce, or child custody battle. In […]

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Should Family Law Compensate for Mental Distress?

In Canadian law, the word “tort” is the collective term for an array of conduct that is not normally associated with Family Law – things like fraud, conspiracy, assault, defamation.    And whereas Family […]

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Is Support Ever Too Little to Bother Pursuing?

Last week I discussed a few Ontario cases in which a court had seen fit, in light of a spouse’s pre-existing lavish lifestyles and needs, to order the other spouse to pay very […]

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Should You Use the Family Courts for Revenge?

I came across an Ontario case recently that piqued my interest.  Although it’s from more than a decade ago, the lesson to be taken from it is still just as valid today. In […]

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Monthly Support: Is $20K Too Much? How About $175K?

Human nature being what it is, if you are the one paying spousal or child support you will likely be unhappy with whatever amounts you have been court-ordered to pay. But what if […]

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What's in the FRO's Enforcement Arsenal?

As we have discussed in a prior article, in Ontario the Family Responsibility Office (FRO) is tasked with assisting child and spousal support recipients whose former spouses have defaulted or fallen behind on […]

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