Back To School With Separated Families

Separation and Back To School Getting children and families set up for school year schedules after a long summer break is complicated for everyone.  When you add separation into the equation, planning can only get more complicated.  Everyone involved wants the back to school process to be as smooth as…

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…

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…

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…

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…