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Enforcing cost awards through MEP

By on March 9, 2017 | Uncategorized

Our courts generally award some additional money to whomever is more successful in their litigation as costs.  This is designed to discourage litigating losing cases.  But enforcing a cost award can be more trouble than it is worth, and many cost awards don’t ever get paid. When awarded costs people tend to do one of […]

Important tax changes for 2017

By on December 29, 2016 | Uncategorized

The new year brings changes to tax laws that will affect separating couples and their settlements.  Here is a quick summary: 1.  Canada Child Benefit.  Maximum annual benefit of $6,400.00 per child under the age of six, and $5,400.00 per child ages 6 to 17.  This benefit is tax free, and is calculated based on […]

Speaking at the 2016 National Family Law Conference

By on June 29, 2016 | Uncategorized

On July 13, 2016 I will be speaking on the organization of a family law file and digital offices at the 2016 National Family Law Conference held in St. John’s, Newfoundland.  My topic will assist family lawyers use technology for the benefit of their practices, and their clients.   Other topics at the course include […]

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 […]

 

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