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The Rise of Gig Economy & What it Means for Divorce – Article Published in Family Lawyer Magazine

For family lawyers, the burgeoning gig economy & remote work have presented new challenges & complexities – particularly regarding how we determine support. As family law lawyers, we’ve witnessed many different scenarios among our clients as we shepherd them through

The rise of the gig economy and what it means for divorce – Article in The Lawyer’s Daily

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the gig economy over the past year. As people started to re-evaluate their current work and lifestyle, businesses began to leverage the economic benefits of hiring more freelance and contract workers. So, what does that

Collaborative negotiation is crucial for child and spousal support agreements in rising gig economy – Interview by Law Times

Income demands are more complex as people work unconventional hours: Family lawyer As the pandemic accelerates the gig economy with more freelancers and independent workers, determining income for child and spousal arrangements through collaborative negotiation or mediation is essential, says

Wealth Professional: How advisors can bring calm and reason to divorcing business couples

Lawyer encourages trusted advisors to step in to help couples resolve issues before they go to court How can advisors help married clients who are divorcing if there’s a family business involved? Nathalie Boutet, owner of Boutet Family Law and

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 return

‘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,

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. Diana Isaac, a family lawyer and partner

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, say two family

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

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 all aspects of our lives.

Saving family businesses from divorce during COVID-19

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 businesses are at risk of going

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.