Down Payment Made by Parents: Loan or Gift?

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently addressed whether a down payment made by a parent will be classified as a loan. They discussed if it would be excluded from the calculation of net family property. Or would it be considered a gift to be included as family property for equalization. In Barber v. Magee, ...
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Family Responsibility Office

Posted May 22, 2018
Do you have a Ontario family law case that deals with support? You should discuss with a family lawyer how and when to contact and utilize the services provided by the Family Responsibility Office (F.R.O.).  F.R.O. is the best way for a person to enforce their court orders and domestic agreements to make sure that ...
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Pension and Divorce

Posted May 12, 2018
In Ontario family law proceedings there are guidelines and rules that provide for special treatment of certain personal assets. When it comes to dividing your assets along with those of your ex-spouse, you need to plan. Make sure that you are not too quick with your decisions. Think about who is to get what items ...
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Family Law Disclosure

Are you concerned about family law disclosure? In Ontario family law courts, it has become expected by judges that both parties to an action will provide any and all relevant financial and property disclosure to each other before bringing a motion or proceeding to a settlement conference. Yet a lot of people still want to ...
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Hacking Email During Divorce

Hacking email during divorce is a common situation. Most people are glued to their cell phones or computers. Email is their main line of communication with the rest of the world. Most people do not consider the security issues that are involved with emails. These include fraud, viruses, and scams. When dealing with family law ...
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Can You Have Two Spouses At The Same Time?

Is it possible to have two spouses at the same time? We’re not talking about issues related to bigamy or polygamy. Did you know, that under Canadian law, it is possible to have two spouses at the same time? This article outlines how some individuals find themselves with two spouses. It also covers the troubles ...
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What Is Financial Disclosure In Divorce?

What is financial disclosure and document production? Financial disclosure and document production relates to the information each party must provide to the other party. This is done to support claims for child support, spousal support, property, or exclusive possession of the matrimonial home. It includes both the financial statement that both parties are required to ...
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Mandatory Information Program Ontario

Across the provinces, the litigation process in Canada has started to require parties to take classes and seminars before starting family law litigation. It is an effort by the government to ensure that parties are informed about the legal process. People obtain details about available support programs and become more knowledgeable about the separation process. ...
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Legal Fees Tax Deduction

The cost of going to court can get expensive. When legal fees begin to increase, spouses start to look for ways to recapture their money spent. One question that clients have is whether they can claim their fees on their tax returns. The answer is yes, some legal fees can be deducted from your total ...
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