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…

ABB Welcomes Associate Jennifer Williams

Augustine Bater Binks LLP is pleased to welcome Jennifer Williams as its newest associate lawyer. Jennifer was born in Windsor, Ontario and raised in Orleans, Ontario. She studied commerce with a specialization in accounting for three years at the Telfer School of Management before making the switch into law. Jennifer graduated from the French Common…

Virc v. Blair: The Duty of Disclosure in Family Law Settlement Negotiations

In Virc v. Blair, a recently decided Ontario Court of Appeal case, the Court considered the requirement to make full financial disclosure prior to signing a separation agreement and the parties’ respective obligations to investigate the veracity of said financial disclosure. Virc was initially decided on a summary judgment motion. The parties had executed a…

Changes to Canada Not-For-Profits Corporations Act Require Compliance By All

In an effort to modernize its statutes and processes, the Government of Canada has brought about wholesale changes to the Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (“the new NFP Act”). All federal not-for-profit corporations must complete the process to transition to the new rules no later than October 17th, 2014. Any not for profit corporation which fails…

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