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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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Family violence screening by Family Law lawyers

  • December 15, 2016
  • CBA Family Law Section and the Federal Provincial Territorial Ad Hoc Working Group on Family Violence

Family law lawyers are most often engaged by clients when families are experiencing great change, distress, or upheaval in their lives. Multiple factors may contribute to or exacerbate the client’s situation. The presence of certain circumstances, such as family violence, may be difficult for family law lawyers to detect.

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British Columbia's Family Justice Summit

  • October 22, 2014
  • Suzanne Anton, Q.C.

British Columbia’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Suzanne Anton, Q.C., talks about the province’s third annual Justice Summit. The summit, held in May, focused on family law in the province, specifically separation and divorce issues.

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(Re) Introducing the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family

  • October 20, 2014
  • John-Paul Boyd

John-Paul Boyd, the executive director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, takes a moment to (re)introduce an institution he’ll forgive you for not having heard of before. The CRILF is one of Canada’s more venerable research agencies, with a mandate to pursue multidisciplinary research into law and the family.

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Unmarried spouses: The Quebec Court of Appeal takes a stand

  • October 15, 2014
  • Sylvie Schirm

The Quebec Court of Appeal recently handed down a decision that is very important for unmarried spouses who are suing their ex-partner for unjust enrichment, writes Sylvie Schirm in this article, reprinted with permission from Droit Inc.

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