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Shared Child-Related Expenses

September 18, 2018
Section 7 Special or Extraordinary Expenses  Have you ever wondered how separated parents share child-related expenses such as private school, daycare, extracurriculars (i.e. dance, sports, tutoring, etc.), and post-secondary expenses?   Under the Federal Child Support Guidelines (“the Guidelines”), there are two components to child support:   Table child support; and   Section 7 special or extraordinary expenses.   […]
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Joint Custody

April 16, 2018
“Custody” is generally understood to refer to the decision-making authority for the children.  These decisions include those pertaining to education, non-emergency medical care, religion, and recreational activities.   Section 20 of the Children’s Law Reform Act establishes the presumption that the parents of a child are equally entitled to custody of that child.  When common law […]
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Parenting Schedules (Access Arrangements)

September 14, 2017
Often, the most challenging and contentious issue following separation is where the children will reside or, more specifically, with whom the children will reside and when.  Determining the parenting schedule or the “access arrangements” can be a difficult endeavor for parents, particularly when both parents want to maximize their time with the children and are […]
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The Matrimonial Home

August 31, 2017
Its Impact on Equalization, Exclusive Possession & a Matrimonial Home Designation  In Ontario, special rules apply to the matrimonial home upon marriage breakdown. These special rules impact the equalization of property, a spouse’s rights to occupy the home and the sale of the home.  Section 18(1) of Ontario’s Family Law Act defines a “matrimonial home” […]
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Periodic vs. Lump-Sum Spousal Support

August 16, 2017
When common law or married spouses separate, one party may be obligated to pay spousal support (commonly referred to as “alimony” in the United States) to the other, depending on the roles assumed by the parties during the relationship and the party’s need for support.  For more general information on spousal support, please refer to […]
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Who Has An Obligation to Support the Child?

August 16, 2017
One of the first questions we often hear from parents, and particularly stepparents, is “who has an obligation to pay child support?”  In Canada, every biological parent or parent of an adopted child has an obligation to support their child.  Additionally, any person who stands in the place of a parent or who has demonstrated […]
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