The Self-Represented and the Legal Coach

Many people are now choosing to represent themselves in court, but they may lack confidence or have difficulty knowing where to start. You have a right to be self-represented in your legal matter.  Most people are better educated now than they were 30 years ago.  Tools like the internet can really prepare you for self-representation.  … Continued

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Retirement & Support Payments

Is Voluntary Retirement a Material Change? It is not so easy to just voluntary retire, when you have to pay child support and/or spousal support. It is unwise to unilaterally cancel or reduce support payments.  However, retirement or changing careers are still options for payors making major life changes.  A staff writer for Butterfield Law, … Continued

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Travel Abroad With Children in Separation & Divorce

Planning to travel abroad with your child(ren)?  Travel abroad with children during separation and divorce can sometimes be denied by the courts.   How do the courts deal with an urgent plea from a parent to travel with their children abroad during a heated separation?  They press pause so all parties can catch their breath. The … Continued

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Back to School Stressful for Separated Families

Why Back to School Time is so Stressful For Separated Families & What You Can Do to Cope: September can be a stressful time for families, but even more so for separated or divorced ones. Parenting Time Changes For children who have two homes, there can be dramatic changes in their schedule as they return … Continued

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Contract Mediation Benefits Outweigh Court

“Contract mediation does not focus on who is right or wrong, but is a way of finding solutions”, says Victoria Lawyer and Mediator Michael Butterfield. Mediation is often used to correct an error or misunderstanding in a contract. The purpose of mediation can be to repair a contractual relationship, or to end a contract.  The application of mediation in … Continued

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Divorce Statistics In Canada: A Snapshot

Divorce statistics help us understand how marriages-and divorces- have changed over time. What exactly is the divorce rate in Canada, and what does that mean?  Here are some simple facts to understand Canadian divorce statistics: How Many Marriages End in Divorce? The answer to this question depends on the timelines for when divorce statistics are … Continued

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What Qualifies as a Support Payment?

What qualifies as a support payment, and how it is taxed, are important issues.  How support payments are defined affects your income (as defined by CRA), the amount of tax deductions you are allowed, and ultimately how much income tax you pay.  Each person’s case is unique, and you should seek specific legal and accounting … Continued

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Excluded Property In Separation: How Does It Work?

Excluded property in BC can be tricky.  Generally, excluded property is property owned by one spouse prior to the relationship.  Most times, this involves a house that one person bought before they married, or began living together. However, the term “excluded property” also applies to valuable art, inheritance, or other investments obtained before the start … Continued

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Legal Fees are Tax Deductible in Certain Cases

Legal fees are tax deductible in family law cases when they result in either child or periodic spousal support.  However, only the part of your case that relates to support is tax deductible. For example, if your case involves obtaining a divorce, child custody, and child support, they only cost deductible will related to the … Continued

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