The Canada Child Tax Benefit and Canada Child Benefit help eligible families with the cost of raising children. The primary caregiver of the children is entitled to collect these benefits. Following a separation or divorce however, determining who is the primary caregiver and who is entitled to these benefits can be a confusing and messy exercise. Chartered Accountant, Tim Cestnick, provides further insight into this issue in a recent article published in the Globe and Mail.
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.