Category Archives: Spousal Support

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Uncontested Divorce: How To Get Yours

Obtaining a uncontested divorce is the final step in the dissolution of your marriage. Usually we resolve all of the issues of your divorce including issues related to the children (custody and access), child support, spousal support and property issues before we proceed with the divorce. We settle these issues in a separation agreement or, … Continue Reading

Build Trust in Divorce and Avoid Family Court

Trust is essential for every relationship and is often damaged when people are getting divorced. It can be damaged many different ways. An affair, a lie or a betrayal can damage trust. Trust may also be broken when people change and no longer understand each other. They just grow apart.  In my life, I know … Continue Reading

The “Roll” of RRSP’s in Your Separation and Divorce

Registered Retirement Savings Plans are the main savings vehicle for many Canadians, especially those who don’t have a pension through their employment. As a result, upon separation and divorce, RRSP’s are part of the property settlement.  Our guest blog this week is  by Sandra Ramos, a well known financial advisor in Barrie, Ontario.  She has great … Continue Reading

Determining Income for Support Purposes

Determining income is the first step toward determining the proper level of child support and spousal support. This is easy to do for employees. We just look at line 150 of their personal income tax return. The challenge is determining the proper level of income for those people who are self-employed or are employed by … Continue Reading

Why Is the Date of Separation Important?

Do you remember the day you separated? How did it happen? Was a note left or an email sent to say it’s over? Maybe a text? Maybe it was a screaming match? Maybe it was just a sad mutual realization that your marriage was over? Regardless of how it happens, the date of separation is … Continue Reading

$150,000 Per Month Paternity Suit

Can you imagine receiving a $150,000 per month, tax free? Karen Sala certainly could and sued Keanu Reeves hoping he would be ordered to pay that tidy sum to her. She was not successful. A recent article in The Star declares that the paternity case against Keanu Reeves by Sala was dismissed by the Ontario … Continue Reading

Victim of Assault Pays Spousal Support

"Doctor Must Support Abusive Husband" is the headline in the Globe and Mail newspaper, on September 23, 2009. I am sure many people were outraged at the judge who made this decision. In reality, I would be outraged if I was the female doctor whose husband was convicted of assaulting me and now I  had to pay him … Continue Reading

Spousal Support and Fault: Is There a Connection?

In the Ottawa Divorce Blog, the author is critical of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Leskun v. Leskun suggesting the Court is allowing "fault" to creep back into whether someone should get spousal support. In that case, the wife claimed she was still unable to work 8 years after the marriage because she … Continue Reading