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So, you’re about to retire… What happens to your spousal support obligation?

By Julie Zimmerman | December 11, 2019

Often upon separation spouses will learn that some financial interdependency will continue to exist between them. What they may not know is when or how this sustained dependency may change or terminate in the future. First, it is important to refer back to the Court Order or Separation Agreement that describes the support obligation. That…

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Do I Get Half Of My Spouse’s Property On Divorce?

By Valda Blenman | December 5, 2019

There is no simple answer to this question. The cute portrayal of a house being physically sawed into two pieces is not always the way it works. Also, a quick uninformed calculation may end up costing you many times more than a careful and skilled legal review. The division of property between married spouses on…

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Don’t Post That! Social Media Dos And Don’ts If You Are Going Through A Separation Or Divorce

By Natalie Taccone | December 2, 2019

The way we communicate with our spouses and former spouses has changed. Text messages, emails and social media messages and posts are commonplace. Evidence in family law cases has gone from “he said, she said” to electronic communications, preserved in black and white. These written communications can be admitted as evidence in a court of…

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What Does Cohabitation Mean When Claiming Spousal Support?

By Natalie Taccone | December 2, 2019

In Ontario, a spouse has certain support rights. If you are not married, one way to qualify as a spouse, is to have “cohabited continuously” for at least three years. But what does cohabit mean? You may be surprised to learn how the courts interpret it… The legislation defines cohabit to mean “to live together…

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How Having a Family Law Lawyer Can Help You Navigate Your Separation

By Stephanie Di Federico | May 30, 2019

It may be tempting to try to resolve issues arising from your separation without a lawyer. However, people often end up being bound by Agreements that are different than what they wanted or thought they were agreeing to, and which do not reflect their entitlement under law. There was a recent case whereby an arbitrator…

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In Search of the Civilized Divorce

By Margie Primero-Pimentel | March 16, 2019

At the end of the movie The War of the Roses, divorce lawyer, Gavin D’Amato (played by Danny Devito) advises a client who is contemplating divorce that he has two options: either move forward with the divorce with the goal of getting through it “as quickly and cleanly as possible so you can begin rebuilding…

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Court Ordered Therapy at Separation Time

By Margie Primero-Pimentel | December 20, 2018

Separation can be a highly emotional and conflictual journey. Differences in opinions or values that led to arguments during the marriage are often magnified during separation. Separating individuals often find themselves in struggles for power and, sadly, children are used as pawns in their effort to “win” in a game where there are only losers.…

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When Video Game Addiction Leads To Family Breakup

By Margie Primero-Pimentel | October 29, 2018

An online divorce service in the United Kingdom recently noted that more than 200 couples who filed for divorce in 2018 cited addiction to Fortnite or other video games as a reason for the divorce. Fortnite, which is a popular online game wherein players around the world engage in a battle royale, has grown in popularity among children, teenagers and…

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Why is Financial Disclosure Important in Family Law?

By Margie Primero-Pimentel | August 31, 2018

When a person is going through the breakdown of their marriage or marital relationship, disclosing details of their personal finances is the last thing they want to do. However, the exchange of financial disclosure with your spouse is the most important step in resolving all the financial issues arising from the breakdown of your relationship.…

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2014 Business Of The Year – Professional Service

By Bortolussi Family Law | May 29, 2017

We are pleased to have been named 2014 Business Of The Year – Professional Service by the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce

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