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Voluntary retirement: Is it grounds for termination of support?

The short answer to the title question of this blog, as with most legal issues, is “it depends”.  This question was most recently considered by the Court of Appeal in their decision in Savage v. Savage, released December 13, 2019.  In the Savage case, the trial judge found that the spousal support payor’s retirement from …

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Canada’s Divorce Act amendments, Part 2: Mobility in Custody & Access cases

Written by Kady McCourt, Family Lawyer One of the most challenging family law issues that arises is when one parent wishes to relocate to a new jurisdiction with a child.  Oftentimes, a relocation will impact the quality time available for the child to spend with the parent who remains in the home jurisdiction.  Further, a …

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Amendments to Canada’s Divorce Act: changes affecting custody orders

Canada implemented the Divorce Act in 1985.  The Act defines how various legal matters are dealt with upon the breakdown of a relationship between married spouses.  In addition to addressing the dissolution of a marriage, the Divorce Act deals with several corollary issues, including decisions around children and parenting. The existing legislation has recently been …

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Section 7 Expenses, Part 1: Are parents obligated to contribute towards a child’s post-secondary expenses?

Whether married or common law, when a child goes off to post-secondary education, non-separated parents have the freedom to determine how they will contribute towards their child’s education expenses. However, many parents don’t realize that the ability to choose if, and how much you will contribute to a child’s education expenses is lost following a …

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