Delaying acceptance of a reasonable offer to settle mea …

September 17th, 2015

By Michelle Stephenson It is well established that during the course of litigation in Ontario, rejecting a reasonable offer to settle can have serious cost consequences down the road. If a litigant rejects an offer to settle one or all of the main issues in the litigation, but then ends up faring worse at trial, they […]


Does Child Support Affect Child Custody or Access?

February 19th, 2015

Every family law professional, and every family court judge, will tell you that child custody and access are completely separate issues from child support. How child support is determined is completely different from how judges decide who gets custody.  However, there are at least two ways in which child support can influence parenting issues in […]


Division of the Matrimonial Home and Net Family Propert …

January 29th, 2015

Toronto family law lawyer John Schuman was recently asked the following question: “I was married for 24 years and moved into my husband’s house. All of my paycheques for all of those years went into a joint savings account. The house was willed to him and his 2 sisters and has an assessment value of […]


Reducing Child Support with an RESP

October 28th, 2014

Toronto family law expert John Schuman recently addressed a pressing question that plagues many separated parents as their children grow: “I do not have a legal separation in place in Ontario. I have been paying child support for my 16 and 17 year old daughters at $900.00 a month for several years. My oldest daughter […]


Can I Marry Someone Else While Living Common-Law?

October 23rd, 2014

Toronto family law lawyer Sarah Falzon was recently asked the following question: “I am currently still living with my ex in a common law relationship due to financial reasons. Can I marry someone else?” Living “common law” is legally completely different from being married. When you are in a common law relationship, the relationship has […]


Afraid of Losing Assets due to Girlfriend’s Child …

August 22nd, 2014

Toronto family law lawyer John Schuman was recently asked this question: “I live with my girlfriend and have been together for about a year, I’m concerned because she’s been on welfare for 7 years, hasn’t filed taxes for that time, has years of outstanding child support as her ex has primary custody and refuses to […]


Can My Spousal Support Be Reduced Because I Have to Pay …

August 15th, 2014

When a child attends post-secondary education, the obligation to pay child support increases and a portion of the post-secondary expenses can be added to the amount of required child support.  For more on that, see this page.  If a parent is paying both child support and spousal support, adding on a contribution to the relatively […]


FATCA: A Primer

July 4th, 2014

and Ira Marcovitch, Summer Law Student Close to one million American expatriates and dual citizens live in Canada, many of whom haven’t worked, lived, or even stepped foot in the U.S. for years. Many of them don’t report their income to the IRS, mistakenly believing that they don’t have to because they don’t owe the […]


Buying a House Before Marriage?

June 25th, 2014

Ivan Merrow, Summer Law Student According to a 2013 study by Coldwell Banker, one in four couples under 35 purchase homes together before getting married [1]. One reason is that rising property rates, student debt, and low salaries have made it difficult for people aged 18 to 30 to afford a house on their own […]

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