A Guide to Restraining Orders

A Guide to Restraining Orders   When leaving a former partner, married or common-law, you and your children have the right to feel safe. Unfortunately this is not always the case.   What is a restraining order and should I apply for one? The purpose of a restraining order is to protect you and your…

Spousal Support and Taxes

Deciding to split is hard enough as it is, WITHOUT the stress and worry of what to do come tax season. Fear not, ABB’s got you covered! Check out our list of things that you’ll need to consider this spring. #1: Proof of Separation The taxpayer has the responsibility of proving separation to CRA. This…

6 Questions to Ask Before Hiring for a Small Business

Operating a small business is exciting! There’s a lot happening at once, and to meet demand you often need to hire quickly. Before you jump on that job posting, here are some issues to think about. Pre-planning can help you protect your interests, prevent problems and avoid costly mistakes. Are you hiring an employee or…

4 Books for Co-Parenting After a Divorce

  Divorces are hard. Plain and simple. Especially when kids are involved. Co-parenting and making sure your children are always the focus can be a challenge for most couples. How do you make sure everyone is on the same page and wants the same things for your children, when you’re no longer together? With help…

How-To Avoid Injury this Holiday Season

As we get ready for the hustle and bustle of decorating, traveling, and gift buying, it is important to keep safety in mind to ensure the year’s festivities are not ruined by an unexpected accident. To help keep you safe this holiday season, be sure to keep the following tips in mind: Use ladders carefully:…

Spousal Support – What is it, and how is it calculated?

Spousal Support, sometimes referred to as alimony or maintenance, is money that’s paid by one spouse to another after they separate or divorce. Its purpose is to limit any unfair effects of a divorce. For example, perhaps one spouse dedicated the majority of their time to the family (stay at home parent, part-time work, etc.)…

7 Rules of Court Etiquette

Whether you’re being summoned to court, or just decide to sit in a trial (did you know most courtrooms are open to the public?), it’s important to remember that court is a serious place that deserves respect.   It’s important to be aware of the expectations in court, so to better prepare you for the…

I Want to Start My Own Business, Now What?

The lightbulb went off, and you’re ready to take the leap and start your own business – but now what? Let’s be honest, starting a company is a lot of hard work. The process can be long, intimidating, and not for the weary.   Despite the initial hesitations, the thought of being your own boss…

Inter Family Gifts vs. Inter Family Loans

Money advanced to a married person by a family member often becomes the subject of controversy in family law litigation.   For example, it is not uncommon for parents to advance money to their adult child in order to help fund the down payment of a home for the adult child and his or her spouse.  …

Update on Grandparent Custody

The recent decision in the matter of Nichols v. Herdman, 2015 CarswellOnt 9262 (Ont. S.C.J.), sets out what grandparents are required to prove in order to obtain a court order for custody/access of grandchildren. In this case, the grandparents brought a motion seeking several orders with respect to their grandchild, Megan, including joint custody, primary care…

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