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A huge problem without a clear answer: COVID-19 and support obligations

  • July 09, 2020
  • Vanessa Lam

How does the COVID-19 pandemic impact child and spousal support? Well, support is largely based on income but, of course, it depends on the circumstances. COVID-19 reminds us that no one can predict the future. The economy remains in a state of flux. The federal government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan continues to adapt its financial support programs. This uncertainty complicates support issues, particularly where trust between ex-partners is low and stress is high.

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Family violence: what the amendments in Bill C-78 teach us

  • April 21, 2020
  • Katherine Batycky

Two of the key objectives of the amendments to the Divorce Act in Bill C-78 – as outlined in the preamble to the bill – are to establish a non-exhaustive list of criteria with respect to the best interests of the child and to assist the courts in addressing family violence.

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Retroactive child support and D.B.S v S.R.G

  • December 09, 2019
  • Robynne B. Kazina

Family law lawyers are routinely approached by clients seeking a retroactive increase in the amount of child support and those defending such claims.

Family Law

Tell your clients about tax deductible fees

  • March 08, 2019
  • Beau Atkins

Certain legal fees incurred in pursuing claims for child support or spousal support payments are tax-deductible. If you practice family law in Canada, you owe a duty to clients pursuing such relief to help them obtain this deduction.

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Bill C-78 proposes changes to the way information is released

  • January 16, 2019
  • Katherine Batycky

Bill C-781 contains proposed changes to the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act2 that would shorten its title and at the same time allow for more expansive use of that Act by individuals and provincial agencies that may already use the current Act.

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