Friday February 15, 2019

Digital Assets and Social Media: Are They in Your Estate Plan?

Authored by: Alanna Mayne, TEP Posted in: Wills & Estates
The recent issues surrounding QuadrigaCX and the death of the company’s CEO, Gerald Cotten, is an important reminder that you should ensure your digital assets are included as part of your estate planning.

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Friday February 1, 2019

The Mamas and the Papas… and Their Parenting Agreement

Authored by: Mary H. Brown Posted in: Family Law

I’m sure I was not the only one who spent a few minutes this weekend listening to the radio documentary “The Mamas and the Papas: How two Ottawa couples became co-parents ” on the CBC’s The Sunday Edition or reading the accompanying article online.

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Tuesday January 22, 2019

Predatory Marriages

Authored by: Terrance G. Sheppard Posted in: Family Law Wills & Estates

Marriage can have a significant legal impact on a person’s property and assets. Through marriage a spouse may have legal claim to a home,[1] may have a claim to other property and a marriage may give rise to spousal support obligations.[2]

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Tuesday January 8, 2019

Are Embryos Property? The Ontario Court’s Commitment to Reproductive Freedom

Authored by: Terrance G. Sheppard Posted in: Family Law

The use of assisted reproductive technologies to create families is becoming increasingly common in Canada. These technologies create opportunities for individuals or couples who otherwise cannot grow their families.

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Friday December 7, 2018

Family Law “Kitchen Table” Agreement Goes to the Supreme Court of Canada

Authored by: Jessica D. Chapman Posted in: Family Law

As lawyers, we often see clients that have “side deals” with their former spouse, saying something like “We talked that out and you don’t need to put anything in the agreement about that. We got it.”

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Thursday December 6, 2018

Reimbursement Under the Assisted Human Reproduction Act: What Changes are Coming?

Authored by: Terrance G. Sheppard Posted in: Family Law

The Government of Canada has proposed new regulations under the Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHRA).

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Tuesday November 20, 2018

Maintenance Enforcement Program Decreases Arrears

Authored by: Jessica D. Chapman Posted in: Family Law

The Nova Scotia Maintenance Enforcement Program was first established in 1996 and was tasked with ensuring that court ordered child and spousal support payments were paid to recipients.

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Thursday October 18, 2018

Parenting Plans in a Military Family

Authored by: Bryen E. Mooney Posted in: Family Law

Whether you are raising children with a spouse in the military, or you are the spouse in the military, it can involve many challenges for both the parents and the children. These issues multiply when the parents are separated, and communication may be strained.

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Monday September 10, 2018

Canada Pension Plan Credits after Separation or Divorce

Authored by: Terrance G. Sheppard Posted in: Family Law

Many people wonder how they divide up their Canada Pension Plan Credits after separation or divorce.

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Tuesday August 7, 2018

Hockey Gear, Braces & Cell Phones: Sharing Children’s Expenses following Separation

Authored by: Jessica D. Chapman Posted in: Family Law

“Section 7 expenses” can generally be described as “special or extraordinary expenses” for a child with separated parents that share expenses in addition to child support.

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Tuesday July 24, 2018

Decriminalizing Surrogate Compensation

Authored by: Terrance G. Sheppard Posted in: Family Law

If you’re one of the many couples in Canada exploring paying a surrogate to have a child – there could be some changes to Canadian Law that aims to decriminalize this process.

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Monday July 9, 2018

Married or Common-Law: How Does It Affect Your Estate Plan?

Authored by: Andrew P. Nicol Posted in: Family Law Real Estate

There are several misconceptions about the status of marriage and a common-law relationship in the estate planning context. In Nova Scotia, marriage and common-law relationships are treated differently for estate matters.

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Monday June 18, 2018

Are You Travelling with Children This Summer?

Authored by: Terrance G. Sheppard Posted in: Family Law

If you are travelling within Canada with your children, very little documentation is required, although you should be sure that you have current identification for yourself and each child.

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Friday May 4, 2018

“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” and Updating Your Will?

Authored by: Andrew P. Nicol Posted in: Family Law Wills & Estates

Marriage and your Estate Plan

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Friday February 23, 2018

Interjurisdictional Support Order Updates

Authored by: Terrance G. Sheppard Posted in: Family Law

Nova Scotia is in the process of updating its Interjurisdictional Support Orders (ISO) legislation, making it easier to claim spousal or child support from an individual living outside the province.

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Wednesday January 31, 2018

Upcoming Introduction of the Domestic Violence Court

Authored by: Terrance G. Sheppard Posted in: Criminal Law Family Law

Nova Scotia will soon be introducing the ‘Domestic Violence Court’ (DVC) located in the Halifax Provincial Courthouse.

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Friday January 26, 2018

Tax Claims for Family Legal Fees

Authored by: Bryen E. Mooney Posted in: Family Law

Tax season is yet again upon us.  Keep in mind that if you provided payment for legal fees in relation to a family law matter in 2017, you may be able to claim those fees on your taxes. 

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Wednesday January 10, 2018

Child Support: The Child's Right and the Parent's Responsibility

Authored by: Jessica D. Chapman Posted in: Family Law

Child support is most often paid by one parent, to the parent who has care of the child the majority of the time.  A payor parent has a legal responsibility to provide child support regardless of whether that parent has communication or contact with the child. 

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Monday January 8, 2018

Tips for Supreme Court (Family Division)

Posted in: Family Law

The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Family Division) has recently published a helpful list of tips and hints designed to aid counsel and unrepresented individuals. 

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Monday November 27, 2017

Child Tax Benefits After Separation

Authored by: Jessica D. Chapman Posted in: Family Law

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Friday November 17, 2017

Do I Need an Interim Agreement or Order?

Authored by: Jessica D. Chapman Posted in: Family Law

Interim Agreements and Orders can help to minimize conflict and reduce unnecessary back and forth between the parties.

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Friday April 21, 2017

Canadian Court Awards Separate Damages for Future Potential Pregnancies

Authored by: Terrance G. Sheppard Posted in: Family Law

For the first time, a court in Canada has awarded separate damages for surrogacy fees for future potential pregnancies.

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Wednesday February 15, 2017

The CBA responds to Health Canada's Initiative to Develop Regulations Covering Reimbursement of Expenditures to Surrogates

Authored by: Terrance G. Sheppard Posted in: Family Law

This blog post is a follow up from the January 26, 2017 blog post. The CBA has responded to Health Canada's initiative to develop regulations covering the reimbursement of expenditures to surrogates.

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Thursday January 26, 2017

Health Canada Looking to Develop Regulations Governing the Reimbursement of Expenditures to Surrogates

Authored by: Terrance G. Sheppard Posted in: Family Law

On September 30, 2016, Health Canada announced they would be making changes to the regulations governing surrogacy under the Assisted Human Reproduction Act. They will controversially be proposing to regulate reimbursable expenses for parties involved in surrogacy arrangements.

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Thursday October 20, 2016

5 Reasons to Choose Mediation when you Separate

Authored by: Peter D. Crowther Posted in: Family Law

Going through a divorce can be a difficult time, but there are other options besides a costly court battle. Here are five advantages to choosing Mediation instead of the courts to help you decide if mediation is right for you.

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Tuesday October 4, 2016

Quebec Planning to Legitimize Surrogacy

Authored by: Terrance G. Sheppard Posted in: Family Law

Quebec's Civil Code has long held surrogacy agreements void while other Canadian provinces have moved to legitimize the process. However, all of that may change. Quebec's Minister of Justice has recently announced to take a fresh look at the issue and it's place in today's society.

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Monday August 29, 2016

Times are Changing in Family Law

Authored by: Terrance G. Sheppard Posted in: Family Law

The Matrimonial Property Act no longer reflects the face of the Nova Scotian family. In order to address our evolving society, The Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia has released a discussion paper regarding proposed changes to the act and how it will affect Nova Scotians.

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Thursday March 10, 2016

Are You Travelling With Children?

Authored by: Terrance G. Sheppard Posted in: Family Law

If you are travelling within Canada with your children, very little documentation is required, although you should be sure that you have current identification for yourself and each child. Unless both parents are travelling with the children, you should have a Travel Letter signed.

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Tuesday January 5, 2016

Changes to the Maintenance Enforcement Program (MEP)

Authored by: Jessica D. Chapman Posted in: Family Law

In 1996, the Maintenance Enforcement Program (MEP) was established in order to allow for a government body to assist in the enforcement of existing court orders for spousal and child support. In establishing the MEP, the onus was shifted from the individual support recipient, acting at the time in

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Friday February 6, 2015

Think Twice Before You Post: Can Posts on Facebook be Used as Evidence in my Family Law Matter?

Authored by: Bryson McDonald Posted in: Family Law

In recent years, Canadian Courts have allowed postings on social media sites to be used as evidence in Family Law matters. The most predominant source of these postings has been from the social media site, Facebook. Social media sites are often one of the first sources the opposing party will look

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Wednesday October 15, 2014

How do I change my Court Order as it relates to custody, access and parenting?

Authored by: Jessica D. Chapman Posted in: Family Law

Following a separation, parties regularly obtain a Court order which outlines custody, access and a parenting schedule. However, with time, things inevitably change. Parents move. Children start school, or graduate from school. Parents re-partner. Parenting arrangements change, organically. Sometime

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Tuesday June 17, 2014

Should I Have a Cohabitation Agreement?

Authored by: Jessica D. Chapman Posted in: Family Law

A cohabitation agreement is a contract signed by two parties who are living together, or are planning on living together, and who contemplate the division of their assets and debts, and/or support obligations, if a separation and/or divorce of the parties were to occur in the future. As a couple

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Wednesday June 4, 2014

10 Things Every Teacher/School Administrator Should Know About Family Law

Authored by: Terrance G. Sheppard Posted in: Family Law

Custody can often refer to the “physical custody” of the child; that is, in which parent’s care is the child on a given day; however, the more usual use of the word custody refers to the “legal custody” of the child. Legal custody refers to which parent has the responsibility to make the major

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Monday June 2, 2014

10 Tips to Minimize Your Legal Fees in Family Law Matters

Authored by: Jessica D. Chapman Posted in: Family Law

A divorce, separation or any family law dispute can be an emotional, stressful and very expensive process. However, there are certain steps you can take to keep your legal costs down. Be honest and forthcoming. Speak candidly to your lawyer, and formulate realistic goals and expectations as early

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