Many people wonder how they divide up their Canada Pension Plan Credits after separation or divorce.
If you were the lower income earning spouse, it may be beneficial for you to apply for this division. If you were married, there is no time limit for applying unless your spouse dies, in which case, you must apply within 36 months of their death. If you were common law, you must apply within 48 months from your date of separation.
In some provinces (Saskatchewan, British Columba, Alberta, and Quebec), you can waive the division of CPP credits, but not in Nova Scotia.
Litigants are not rewarded for bad behaviour. In a recent decision out of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, a father was ordered to pay $420,000 in costs to his former spouse, after losing the case for custody of their young daughter.
The Trademarks Act (the “Act”) contains a unique provision that allows “public authorities” to by-pass the normal trademark registration application process and to protect their “official marks” indefinitely. There is no similar provision in any other country’s trademark protection regime.
Although now 10 years old, Tug of War: A Judge’s Verdict on Separation, Custody Battles, and the Bitter Realities of Family Court, by Justice Harvey Brownstone of the Ontario Court of Justice, remains an insightful and powerful read on the uses and misuses of family court.