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Webinar! Tax Matters Toolkit - A Practical Workshop on Separation & Divorce

November 27, 2014, 12 pm -1:30 pm
Presented live via web conference by the CBA

Separation and divorce are complicated enough; tax matters afterwards don’t need to be.

We have a special toolkit that gives you solid, practical advice on how to advise your clients to arrange their post-separation lives and avoid unnecessary tax liabilities. We even have one for you to give to your clients.

This workshop is a “nuts and bolts” problem-solving session. Prior to the program, we’ll send you the toolkit along with some typical – and not-so-typical – tax problems to work on. You can even submit your own question if there is something particular you need help with. Come prepared to work through the problem set with the authors of the Tax Matters Toolkit.

Details and Registration

Not to be missed! New Resource for Family Lawyers!

Tax Matters Toolkit: The CBA Family Law Section has collaborated with Justice Canada, the Canada Revenue Agency and Finance Canada to develop the Tax Matters Toolkit. The Toolkit will help family law lawyers and their clients understand how tax rules might affect their future finances on separation or divorce. It explains the various credits, benefits and deductions, and will help you navigate and apply the often complex tax laws to the particular circumstances of your clients.

Tax Matters Toolkit: information to provide to your clients
Tax Matters Toolkit: for lawyers

The Family Law Section would like to thank the following people for their contributions to the development of the Family Matters Tax Toolkit:

Andrew Freeman, CPA, CA, IFA, CBV
Duff & Phelps, Valuation and Corporate Finance Advisors

Kelly D. Jordan
Jordan Battista LLP, Barristers & Solicitors

Melanie Kraft
Epstein Cole LLP

Cori L. McGuire
Courtyard Law Offices

Monique Veillette
Avocates & notaires/Barristers & solicitors CP Inc.

Daniel Walker
Coady Filliter

Lorna M. Yates
Ballantyne Yates LLP

National Sections: Children’s Law Committee

National Sections recently established a Children’s Law Committee to coordinate activities, provide advice, and respond to law, policy, and legal research developments on matters affecting Canadian children. More information is available on the new Children’s Law Committee webpage.

Join the Children’s Law Committee listserv!

Interested CBA members are strongly encouraged to join the Children’s Law Committee listserv. This is an ideal way to stay informed of Committee activities and get directly involved. The listserv also provides a forum to network and exchange ideas with leading practitioners who share your interests.
Membership is free to CBA members.

Join the listserv (CBA membership number required)

Member Resource

What happens next? Information for kids about separation and divorce

The Family, Children and Youth Section of the Department of Justice Canada has printed a limited number of 12-month calendars for children for each of the years 2014 and 2015. The calendar is a good companion piece to our popular children’s booklet “What happens next? Information for kids about separation and divorce”.

Children whose parents are separating or divorcing are often faced with new routines that can be overwhelming. We developed this calendar to help them adjust to new and challenging circumstances. These editions of the calendar have a few new illustrations and a new cover – all of which go with the popular illustrations that appear in the children’s booklet. These editions are printed in a bilingual (EN/FR) format.

We want to ensure that these calendars find their way to children whose parents are separating or divorcing, so we are distributing them, free of charge, to professionals who work most closely with those families. Each of you can order up to 10 copies. These will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until stock is depleted.

Please send your orders to Christine Turcotte at christine.turcotte@justice.gc.ca.

Please include the following information with your order:

  • name
  • professional designation (e.g. lawyer, judge, mediator) and name of law firm
  • mailing address
  • the number of copies requested for 2014 and for 2015 (maximum of 10 copies each year)

If you have any questions, please contact Christine Turcotte at 613-957-2787.

We would like to thank you for the opportunity to distribute this useful tool to children across Canada.

Member Resource

Paternity leave for lawyers in Canada – two solitudes

Quebec society and Quebec employers are doing something right, or at least something decidedly different, when it comes to paternity leave. That raises the questions: what are they doing, how can it be improved upon, and what can other jurisdictions do to emulate their successes?

View this article on CBA PracticeLink

Recent Submissions

Family law tax toolkit project
The Family Law Section recently made a submission to government on the topic of tax issues for family lawyers.

Read the submission.

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The latest edition of The Family Way is now available.


Professional Development

  • Missed a conference? See the Family Law Section PD archive or purchase course materials through the CBA Store.



  • Section Meeting, October 18, 2014 (Ottawa)



The Section is currently looking for articles for its next newsletter. If you would like to contribute to the next edition, please contact us at CBA Newsletters.

Past issues of The Family Way can be found on the Newsletter page.



  • Law and practice relating to the family unit, relations between members of the family and the family and society, and matters related there to; and
  • the establishment, jurisdiction, procedure and organization of courts and other tribunals dealing with these matters and the practice of lawyers before such courts and tribunals.

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