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…

Top 5 Tips For Negotiation

Negotiation occurs when two parties communicate to resolve a problem.  It is based on the principal of “give and take”, and an assumption that both parties have equal decision making capabilities. People negotiate things every day.  When you barter the price for something you wish to buy, you are negotiating….

Taking the Mystery out of Legal Fees

Chances are that, if your only experience with lawyers is watching Law and Order or Ally McBeal, the cost of legal fees may come as a shock.  Most people do not give much thought to the cost of hiring a lawyer, until they need one. It is good to remember…

Man Wins Stake In Home After Long Separation

A Vancouver man has proven in court that he deserves half interest in a million dollar home, despite having separated from his wife forty-four years ago. The case of Johnston v. Johnston Estate, illustrates the importance of having a proper, and timely, separation agreement. David Johnston and his then wife,…

Mediated Spousal Support Obligations Upheld Despite Wife’s Financial Winfall

Court Finds Unfair Spousal Support Agreement To Continue The importance of properly drafting, and reviewing, mediated separation agreements was highlighted in a Supreme Court divorce case this week.   Justice E.A. Arnold-Baily upheld a husband’s obligation to pay spousal support, despite the fact that his ex-wife won a $124,000 personal…