Protecting Gifts and Inheritances in Family Law
201705.11
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Protecting Gifts and Inheritances in Family Law

  In Ontario, marriages are deemed to be a form of economic partnership. As such, at the end of the marriage, under Ontario law, the spouses have a right to share in the wealth generated during the marriage. This is accomplished by a process called equalization under the Family Law Act (“FLA”). Equalization is a…

Relationship Tips: Talk, Listen and Love
201703.09
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Relationship Tips: Talk, Listen and Love

I was watching a rerun of “Modern Family” the other night.  In the episode, Phil learns a neighbour’s wife has left him.  Phil tells the viewer that he hopes it is due to an affair or drugs and alcohol, because those he can protect against.  Unfortunately for Phil, the neighbour tells him that he has…

See Spot Divorce: Who Gets the Family Dog?
201612.15
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See Spot Divorce: Who Gets the Family Dog?

“The dog is man’s best friend.” (Ogden Nash)“ “The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” (Charles de Gaulle) “Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.”(Dean Koontz) People love their dogs. Dogs are treasured members of the family. Some people even…

Contract is Not a Four Letter Word
201609.29
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Contract is Not a Four Letter Word

A domestic contract, such as a marriage contract, is simply a way for parties to get what they want rather than what the law might dictate. Free choice and self direction are good things, in my opinion. But the person who proposes such a contract is criticized for wishing the end of the relationship before…

Do you need a marriage contract?
201606.01
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Do you need a marriage contract?

June is upon us. I understand from Modern Bride magazine that June is the most popular month for weddings. Unfortunately, it is not the most popular month for marriage contracts. But why? These two should go hand in hand but most couples still marry without a marriage contract. WHY? I find it is because people…