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Child Support Agreements – Basic Questions that the Parties Need to Answer

December 12, 2018

A Separation Agreement outlines the various obligations and rights that each party has in relation to all issues resulting from the breakdown of the relationship including child support. There are various issues that have to be worked out in a child support agreement which include the following: Determining the income to be used for each spouse. Who will pay monthly child support, a start date, and an amount?  When will child support stop? What age? After how many degrees/diplomas? How much will each parent pay towards a child’s special or…

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The Romantic Side of Family Law – Prenups

December 07, 2018

What comes to mind when you hear the word “prenup”? Do you think of wealthy people protecting their assets?  Do you think of a couple who are planning to fail?  Perhaps your first reaction is to think “that’s so unromantic”.  What if I told you that marriage contracts/cohabitation agreements (aka “prenups”) are actually quite romantic in nature and can help marriages survive and thrive?  Let me explain. Marriage is a contract and terminating that contract through separation and divorce has serious consequences. Many people who get married do so at…

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Services for Clients who want to Represent Themselves

December 03, 2018

Hiring a lawyer to manage every aspect of your case can be expensive. We know.  That’s why we offer various services to assist clients who want to represent themselves in their case.  Whether it’s negotiating a separation agreement or helping you navigate the court process, we are here to help you obtain a favourable result in your case. Some of the services we offer to self-represented clients are as follows: Helping you prepare your court documents. Maybe you need help drafting a specific court document or a number of them….

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Voluntary Job Changes, Child Support, and the Imputation of Income

December 01, 2018

If I quit my job, do I still have to pay child support? What if I leave my boring office job to start my (lower-paying) dream business? Will my support payments go down? When it comes to determining what amount of support a parent or spouse should pay, courts will look not only at what that person’s income is on paper, but also what he or she is capable of earning. If a support payor is making less than what the court thinks he or she should be earning, the…

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