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What happens to insurance policies after separation? – Boutet on Advisor.ca

A common way to secure an ongoing financial obligation after divorce is through life insurance. The death benefit is typically based on the amount and duration of the support obligation, which does not have to equal the entire value of

Buying a House with a Spouse: Common Pitfalls to Avoid – Nathalie Boutet on CFRA Radio

Nathalie Boutet speaks to CFRA Radio on April 27th, 2015, to discuss the potential pitfalls of buying a house with a spouse without first consulting with a family law lawyer. Things to watch for, says Boutet, include: How much is

First-time Homebuyers and Ownership Rights

Spring is upon us and many couples are looking to buy their first home together. While taking your relationship to the next level is exciting, it’s important to know your rights when it comes to investing in a property with

Marital Breakdown – Nathalie Boutet in Canadian Consulting Engineer

Engineers have it made. According to a 2010 study from Radford University in Virginia, engineers are among the professions with the lowest divorce rates. They also rank amongst professions with the top- paying starting salary in Canada. Still, with the

After Separation, Deciding on Extra Curricular Activities for the Kids Can be Difficult

With summer camp registration well underway, not to mention decisions on how to spend summer vacation, it’s the families facing separation or divorce that often find this a really contentious time. While extracurricular activities require commitment from the kids, they

Case supports deviation from federal guidelines – Nathalie Boutet in Law Times

Creative child support arrangements that stray from the Child Support Guidelines work in certain cases, but some parties prefer to stick with the federal system due to its enforcement powers, Toronto family lawyer Nathalie Boutet tells Law Times. The article

$3.7 billion dollars of family support owed in Canada – Nathalie Boutet on CBC

Nathalie is interviewed by Radio-Canada about the problem of family support owed in Canada. Nathalie can be seen at the 1:20 minute mark in the video.

Family Law Income Determination Event – Last Chance

Accurately determining income for child and spousal support purposes can be time consuming and challenging. It becomes even more difficult when one of the parties is self-employed or a small business owner. This workshop will summarize applicable legal and accounting

Financial Disclosure in Divorce Cases

When people separate and embark on the legal process, through the courts or in Collaborative Law or Mediation, they must disclose to the other spouse’s lawyer everything about their financial situations. It’s called providing “financial disclosure”. Here is what’s included

Occupation rent for divorcing spouses

Separating spouses may have to deal with the issue of “occupation rent”. If the separating spouses own a house jointly and one spouse moves out, the spouse who remains in occupation of the house may be asked to pay occupation

Family Law Event: Income Determination

Valuing Discretionary and Non-Discretionary Trusts

Ontario courts have recognized that contingent assets such as a spouse’s interest in a trust are considered property, and are therefore taken into account when determining each spouse’s net family property. Valuing trusts in family separation and divorce can be

Valuing discretionary and non-discretionary trusts

Nathalie Boutet was featured on Advocate Daily to discuss the subject of valuing discretionary and non-discretionary trusts. Ontario courts have recognized that contingent assets such as a spouse’s interest in a trust are considered property, and are therefore taken into

Report recommends providing family law support early on

A report addressing gaps in the early stages of the family law system is a beneficial step towards better processes, says Toronto family lawyer Nathalie Boutet. The new report, released by the Law Commission of Ontario, includes several recommendations aimed

Income Determination and Divorce – Collaborative Divorce Law Can Be Used to Negotiate Financial Disclosure in Divorce

How do separating spouses know the appropriate amount of spousal and child support? As your family law lawyer will tell you, both spouses need to produce financial information about their income and expenses so that the amount of spousal and

Alimony Spousal Support in Ontario for Homemakers: In a Separation, Should a Homemaker Be Forced Back to Work?

An important issue to be thinking about in separation is alimony spousal support in Ontario. The laws about temporary support and alimony spousal support in Ontario promote the obligation of both spouses to try to achieve financial independence.  These laws