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Making Blended Families Work: Protecting the Needs of Spouses and Kids

Blended families are complex situations emotionally, legally and financially that require the right approach, knowledge and preparation for success.

Property possession and gifts when separating

With sky-high rents and home ownership out of reach for many young Canadians, more couples are moving into properties with the help of their parents’ money, or even back into their childhood home. But not understanding the legal implications in case of a separation can lead to problems, considering that nearly four in 10 marriages will end in divorce. And while the number of young adults (18-34) who are getting married is on the decline, 58 per cent of Canadians in common-law relationships say that, despite the law being otherwise, assets should be divided equally when the relationship ends, according to a recent Angus Reid poll.

What You Need to Know if You’re Divorcing an Addict

In most cases, mediation and collaborative law are well-suited to family disputes arising from addiction. These approaches can help reduce potential conflict with your spouse and, may allow you and your spouse to reach a resolution in a cost-effective and timely fashion.

How to protect homes in the event of divorce – Boutet in Rep Mag

This is how to avoid legal pitfalls when couples move into properties with the help of their parents’ money. Read the full article on Rep Mag

How divorces affect mortgages – Boutet on Mortgage Broker News

In the event of divorce, complications arise when it comes to dividing assets like homes and determining who keeps making mortgage payments. Read the full article on Mortgage Broker News

Why You Shouldn’t Sign a Separation Agreement Without Reading it First – Boutet in Divorce Magazine

There are several important items to be considered during negotiations and before signing a separation agreement, including factors that could have an effect on the family in the future. Most importantly, there are two elements to keep in mind about separation

How to divide a business in divorce without affecting the company – Boutet in the Globe and Mail

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ amicable split sets an example of what to do during a divorce, especially when it involves a business. Read my article in The Globe and Mail on how a collaborative approach keeps shareholders and employees reassured

Shepreneurs: Keeping a Small Business Alive After Divorce – Boutet in Divorce Magazine

When it comes to keeping a small business alive after divorce, reducing the negative impact of divorce on yourself, your staff and the day-to-day operations is critical. This can be difficult to do without the proper knowledge.   Read the

Decision addresses support obligations – Boutet in Law Times

A recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision serves as a reminder to lawyers that there are no hard and fast rules laying out when support for a child should end. Read the full article by Marg. Bruineman featuring Nathalie

New divorce act holds beneficial changes – Boutet in Law Times

A modernization of Canada’s Divorce Act could significantly impact some families during the divorce process. Nathalie Boutet addresses amendments intended to streamline some family justice processes, encourage people to resolve divorce-related disputes out of court and create new rules for

Opt for calm, rational responses for a healthy workplace – Nathalie Boutet in Lawyers Weekly

While it may come naturally to lawyers to think fast and react quickly, the method may not work when dealing with interoffice conflict, Toronto family lawyer Nathalie Boutet says in Lawyers Weekly. In an article discussing healthy work environments, Boutet says: “Our jobs

When feeling the heat, just relax – Nathalie Boutet interviewed by Lawyers Weekly

Culture of communication can help avoid tense situations By Grant Cameron April 25 2014 issue Lawyers have the reputation of being rational, cool-headed professionals who think before they act. But that can sometimes go out the window in today’s fast-paced

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

Reduce the cost of valuing a professional practice upon divorce using Collaborative Law

Valuating a professional practice when there is a separation may be emotionally charged and costly because of the subjective nature of business valuations, especially professional businesses. Read more to find out what elements of a professional practice may have value

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

Brain science clarifies role of emotions in ADR – Nathalie Boutet in Lawyers Weekly

When co-operation is eroding during the ADR process, facilitators are looking more frequently to brain science to understand what promotes settlements, Toronto family lawyer Nathalie Boutet writes in The Lawyers Weekly. When it comes to how the science of the

The New Mediator: The Neuroscience of Self-Regulation

Mediators and Lawyers will: Understand the brain science behind what throws people off balance and the impact on everybody in the mediating process – especially clients Recognize and be able to maintain the integrity of the process and not be derailed

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

Lawyers In Control of Their Emotions Achieve Better Results

Lawyers are known to have strong personalities. It figures lawyers get right into the trenches; we take pride in our work and the results we achieve for our clients. We are trained to defend one perspective – that of our

Negotiators need to learn self-control

People are savvier and demand not only satisfactory results but a more humanistic experience with the legal process. This includes a good working relationship with their legal advisors and the negotiation team. Clients expect their negotiator to be self-restrained and

The New Negotiator: The Neuroscience of Self-Regulation

We would like to announce and invite you to attend the new lawyer conference The New Negotiator:  The Neuroscience of Self-Regulation. Negotiators and Mediators will: Understand the brain science behind what throws people off balance and the impact on everybody

The Family Law Expo 2012: Nathalie Boutet will be a guest speaker

This upcoming weekend in Toronto is the first North American Expo bringing together all of the resources needed to support families dealing with Separation & Divorce, Medical, Mental Health, and other lifestyle issues and provides information to help build and

Boutet Advocates for Neuroscience in Family Law – Nathalie Boutet interviewed by Law Times

written by Michael McKiernan published in Law Times   A crash course in neuroscience can dramatically improve family lawyers’ relationships with their clients, according to a Toronto practitioner. Nathalie Boutet, a mediation and collaborative partner at Basman Smith LLP and

What is a Successful Mediation?

What is a successful mediation? Authors Bush and Folger[1] speak of the power of mediation to resolve divorces. The methodologies of mediation are very well suited for resolving conflicts between people that have been in close or personal relationships or