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Podcast: Parenting the Adlerian Way – What parents need to know as they move through separation and divorce

End of summer is a common time for parents to decide to end their marriage.  Nathalie is interviewed by Alyson Schafer to discuss the different options available to parents as they move through separation and divorce.   There is much

Financial advisors should work with divorce mediators to help clients – Interview By Wealth Professional

Marital breakdowns may have spiked during the first year of the pandemic, and returned to more normal levels, but many struggling couples may be dealing with family mediators now as they try to settle their living arrangements before their children

‘Do not fuel the flame:’ serving family law clients struggling financially due to COVID lockdowns – Interview by Law Times

Divorce is a volatile and emotionally fraught task, whether in a global pandemic or not. When spouses are intertwined with shared businesses and investments, the value of which is being held down by COVID and its public health measures, lawyers

How advisors can help divorce proceedings start on the right foot – Interview By Wealth Professional

There is ultra-high net worth – and then there’s the other universe the likes of Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates operate in. Domestically speaking, this world was rocked recently when Gates, who is worth about $128.3 billion, announced he was to divorce Melinda, his

There’s a silver lining for “silver splitters”: Amicability – Interview by Investment Executive

Around the world, previously happy couples are now struggling and headed straight for Splitsville. The stress of the pandemic has been blamed by some, while others say Covid-19 has simply exacerbated pre-existing problems. Read the full article on Investment Executive.

Divorce Act changes ‘a boon’ for collaborative law practice – Interview By Law Times

As the pandemic has produced a rise in divorces and family disputes, the recent enactment of Divorce Act amendments will give a boost to collaborative family law and have more clients resolving their issues outside of a courtroom. Read the

The Divorce Act has grown up, but will we?

This article was originally published on the Toronto Star. Many people think that the courtroom is the place to finally bring justice — via the well-intentioned figure seated in black robes — to the injustice of their failed marriage. Unfortunately,

New Divorce Act changes focus on out-of-court resolution, interests of child – Boutet in The Lawyer’s Daily

New federal laws requiring family lawyers to “encourage” parting spouses to use mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution instead of the courts have come into force. Read the full article on The Lawyer’s Daily

What to Do When Your Spouse’s Addiction Gets Worse During the Pandemic

Article originally published on DivorceMag.   If you’re dealing with your spouse’s addiction and are thinking about getting a divorce, there are unique legal issues and strategies you might have to grapple with The impact of COVID-19 is being felt across

Saving family businesses from divorce during COVID-19

Article originally published on Wealth Professional. The pandemic has already taken a toll on both the economy and marriages across the country, and now with a second wave, those numbers are likely to rise. In fact, one in seven small

As COVID-19 weighs on marriages, what should business owners know?

With business closures, quarantines, and household isolation measures continuing throughout Canada and around the world, many couples forced into a common domestic situation for an extended period are finding their relationships tested. Family law experts predict an uptick in divorce

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

Is Addiction Threatening Your Marriage?

Addiction is a very real issue that haunts families in many ways. Alcoholism, drug dependency and gambling are the most common, while sex and digital addiction are also driving couples to divorce. Often, at their wits end, frustrated and desperate

Helping Clients when Addiction Leads to Divorce – Boutet on Advisor.ca

Addiction affects families in many ways: alcoholism, drug dependency, gambling and sex addiction are some that advisors may have encountered in their clients. If the addicted spouse does not seek treatment, or the treatment fails, divorce can be the result.

Getting the right legal help when addiction leads to divorce

Getting the right kind of legal help when addiction fractures a family Addiction haunts families in many ways – alcoholism, drug dependency, gambling and sex addiction are some of the most common. Therapy can be beneficial, but when it fails,

How to Educate Clients About Prenups – Boutet on Advisor.ca

Unpleasant conversations are always difficult, but more so when the topic is unfamiliar. This is a particular problem with prenuptial agreements, also known as marriage contracts. In the absence of early financial education, people may find it difficult to broach

Make These Moves First when Divorce Strikes – Boutet on Advisor.ca

The early stages of a family breakdown often prompt unsettling questions for separating spouses. Most people want to minimize the disruption and protect their legal and financial rights. Often, they will begin a frantic search online for credible information about

Tips for Teams Working with Family Enterprise Clients – Boutet on Advisor.ca

When advisors work in arranged teams with complementary skills, they may have developed a charter to define their roles and common goals, a code of conduct for communications, and a method for conflict resolution. They can then draw on these