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4 Dos and Don’ts for a Separation and Divorce

June 27, 2018

Unfortunately, you and your married spouse, or common-law spouse, have decided to separate and/or divorce. Regardless if you initiated the separation or not, you are more than likely going to experience a process of grief and an emotional roller coaster.   This can result in some bad initial decision-making. Below are our top 4 Dos and Don’ts for a Separation and Divorce that we have learned in our combined 20 years of practicing family law. Dos Do get counselling. A counsellor can help you through the grieving process and help you…

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3 Common Family Law and Divorce Myths

June 21, 2018

We have compiled a list of 3 commonly held myths about Family Law and Divorce. Myth 1: “If my spouse and I have 50/50 physical custody of our children then there is no child support paid.”    If parents have 50/50 shared physical custody of the children child support may still be payable by the higher income earning parent. Typically, this is based on a “set-off approach” whereby the higher earning parent pays the difference between the full child support amounts for each parent based on their incomes. For example, if the…

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Travel Consent Letters for Children

March 02, 2018

A travel consent letter is a letter signed by the non-travelling parent(s) consenting to another adult travelling to another country with his/her child.   The travel consent letter should be signed in front of a notary (i.e., notarized).  The risk of not having a proper travel consent letter in place is that the child is refused entry to the destination country.  A travel consent letter can be relatively inexpensive to get notarized. Both Allison McAlpine and Kara-Lynne Chapman are notaries and can notarize your travel consent letter for a flat fee…

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Limited Scope Retainers – A Cost-Effective Alternative to Full Representation

February 01, 2018

The Problem Traditionally, a client retained a lawyer to handle every aspect of their file from beginning to end. This is the best way to be represented by a lawyer.  However, not everyone can afford this, which has resulted in many people representing themselves in Court or preparing unenforceable separation agreements. The Solution A solution to this problem is the “limited-scope retainer” or “LSR” which is an alternative to full-representation by a lawyer. A LSR is a service in which the client retains the lawyer to handle only part of…

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