Spousal Support and Early Retirement – Is it a M …

January 8th, 2019

Spousal support, sometimes referred to as maintenance or alimony, are funds that are paid to one spouse to another upon separation or a divorce. There are various reasons as to why one spouse may be required to pay support to the other, usually to assist financially for a specified amount of time or to compensate […]

Do I Have to Pay Half of My Child’s Dental Bill on To …

January 17th, 2017

Do I Have to Pay Half of My Child’s Dental Bill on Top of Child Support – Even Though my Ex Has Benefits? Separated Parents do have to share some expenses for their children on top of base child support. Section 7 of the Child Support Guidelines sets out what expenses parents have to pay […]

I separated from my husband with no Separation Agreemen …

October 27th, 2016

I separated from my abusive husband, but neither of us could afford to get a lawyer to draw up a separation agreement. Everything has been separated (bank accounts, living arrangements, etc.) since we separated. At the time we had no assets, no property. No children, etc. Just a boatload of debts, including shared debts that […]

Can I Get A Divorce Without My Spouse’s Consent?

May 24th, 2016

For many spouses, the prospect of a divorce is an unwelcome reality. Some refuse to accept that their relationship is over, while others view it as an affront to their religious beliefs. In such cases, it may be difficult to get that spouse’s consent to a divorce. However, under Canadian law, you do not need […]

What’s the Difference Between a Legal Separation and …

May 19th, 2016

While many people believe that separation and divorce are interchangeable terms, legally speaking they are quite different and carry with them different consequences. For spouses who are facing a breakdown of their relationship, it is important to appreciate the difference and how it can affect your rights and obligations. What is a Divorce? A divorce […]

Can I Get Out Of A Bad Separation Agreement?

April 15th, 2016

Certified Specialist in Family Law and Toronto Area Family Mediator and Arbitrator John Schuman was recently asked the following question: When my husband and I separated I signed a document saying if he gave me $3000 I wouldn’t go after any assets, I’m struggling financially can I get anything? The first step to answering your […]

Spousal Support When Quitting Job

April 13th, 2016

Family law expert John P. Schuman was recently asked the following questions: “My wife wants to separate and she wants spousal support. She left her full-time job 6 months ago and now only works part-time. She will be resume full-time work in a few months. I want child support. How do we calculate both spousal […]

Do I have to get divorced in the same place I got marri …

March 18th, 2016

Certified Specialist in Family Law and Toronto Area Family Mediator and Arbitrator John Schuman was recently asked the following question: What’s a procedure to apply for divorce if I am permanent resident of Canada and I got married in India and right now my wife still in India. Should I apply for divorce from Canada […]

Tax Treatment of Family Law Matters

March 16th, 2016

Divorce and separation are understandably difficult periods in a person’s life. Often, they are focused on issues such as the parenting of children, dividing matrimonial property or ensuring that there is sufficient financial support for them or their children. Rarely do minds wander into the realm of wondering about the tax issues that can arise […]

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