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Real income for child support, not Total Income

By on April 13, 2018 | Child Support

It is easy to look at an Income Tax Return from the previous calendar year to see what ‘Total Income’ is reported.  A common mistake is to simply take the Total Income, found at Line 150 of the Income Tax Return, and then apply it to the Federal Child Support Guidelines. This is a misunderstanding…   Continue Reading »

Top 10 Ways to Sabotage your Amicable, Respectful, and Cost Effective Separation

By on January 30, 2015 | Child Support, Divorce, Uncategorized

Here is a tongue in cheek review of the top ten ways to make sure your separation is destructive and expensive.  All of these can be avoided. 1.  Threaten your spouse.  With anything – violence, taking the kids away, cutting your spouse off from the finances, selling assets, going to court.  The natural response to […]

Family Mediation in British Columbia and Alberta

By on January 11, 2015 | Child Support, Divorce, Uncategorized

The mediation of family law issues remains the most cost effective method of reaching settlement of the issues child custody and parenting, child and spousal support, and the division of family property on separation and divorce.  I have been mediating these issues for separated parties for over 10 years. I offer mediation services in both […]

Determining income for child support

By on December 29, 2014 | Child Support, Divorce, Uncategorized

Calculating income for child support is often misunderstood.  Many times I have heard that we look only at “employment income”, “total income”, “T4 income” or “Line 150 income”.  Unfortunately, this simplified method of calculating income is not correct; the Federal Child Support Guidelines requires an analysis of all income available from which child support can […]

Family Law Mediation

By on December 19, 2014 | Child Support, Divorce, Marriage, Uncategorized

Mediation is an effective and amicable way to reach settlement of the legal issues arising from separation.  The mediator is a neutral professional who assists separated spouses in focusing on problem solving, making appropriate and reasonable compromises, and reaching settlements that meet their needs in ways unavailable in a courtroom. While mediators are not required […]

 

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