Tips for Divorce

10 Tips for Dealing With Divorce & Family Law Matters

The complexity of Divorce and Family Law matters can be an overwhelming challenge for any spouse. Although lawyers and judges have seen almost every version and variation of a divorce, spouses experiencing it for the first time encounter a steep learning curve. It would be oversimplified to distill such an …

Domestic Contacts

Safeguarding Enforceability of Domestic Contracts

APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX: SAFEGUARDING ENFORCEABILITY OF DOMESTIC CONTRACTS AND EXERCISING PROFESSIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT Whether generated by the genuine good faith efforts of the parties or a subtle exploitation of leverage and ultimate capitulation, if nothing else, the Domestic Contract is the physical representation of the joint intention of the parties. …

Checklist

Breaking Up – CBA Checklist

The Canadian Bar Association has published a helpful checklist of money-saving tips that assists in dealing with any potential financial consequences of relationship breakdown. Recognizing that break-ups can be a difficult and emotionally turbulent time, the checklist works as a preliminary tool that: Describes how to prepare for the first …

Tax Matters

Tax Matters Toolkit: Separation & Divorce

The Canadian Bar Association has published the “Tax Matters Toolkit: Separation & Divorce” to assist separating parties understand potential tax consequences of relationship breakdown. The Toolkit notes that separation decisions, especially regarding children, property, or pensions, have tax implications and may affect parties’ future finances. To assist in becoming informed …

Unjust Enrichment

Defending an Unjust Enrichment Claim in Alberta

As innovative as the decision might seem, Kerr v. Baranow represents nothing more than a renovation and modernization of the law of unjust enrichment.1 The cause of action is relatively well-established, as is its analysis. The Supreme Court of Canada has merely tweaked or reinforced each step of the original …

Self Employment

Self-Employment Income and Child or Spousal Support Payments

In order to set child and/or spousal support payments, the payor’s Guideline Income must first be determined. If a payor is an employee, often his/her Guideline Income will be the amount found on Line 150 of his/her previous year’s income tax return. However, if a payor is self-employed, the amount …