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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

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

Managing Divorce – Boutet on 680 News

Nathalie Boutet on 680 News with advice on managing the difficult transition of divorce.

Protect a Business from Marital Breakdown – Boutet in Advisor.ca

Marital breakdown can destroy a business, but it needn’t be this way. With the right planning, your client’s business can survive a failed marriage. Read the full article on Advisor.ca.

Protect Your Practice – Nathalie Boutet on CPA Canada

Yours, mine or ours? What business owners should know and do to protect their assets in the event of a personal relationship breakdown. Read the article on CPA Canada.

Separated Families Derive Great Satisfaction Through the Collaborative Process – Nathalie Boutet in Ontario Bar Association

When my colleague Barbara Kristanic and I started our most recent Collaborative Law case involving mobility (wife and children to relocate from Ontario to Europe), a child with disabilities, a stay-at-home mother and a husband who wanted to change careers,

Family Law and Home Ownership – Nathalie Boutet on CFRA Radio

Nathalie Boutet on CFRA Radio discussing out-of-court methods such as collaborative law and interest-based negotiation, and the power of “fairness”.

Resolution by Negotiation Most Common Approach

A recent study finding that most paths through the family justice process lead to resolution by negotiation lays the groundwork for a discussion on why many cases even enter the court system in the first place, says Toronto family lawyer

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

Changing Perspectives: Nathalie Boutet talks Amicable Divorce and Conscious Uncoupling with Gary Doyle

The are many alternatives to the ‘messy divorce.’ Check out this radio interview during which family lawyer Nathalie Boutet talks with Gary Doyle about how the perspective needs to change, and how collaborative law plays a major role. Listen to

How Not to Need Your Family Law Lawyer Forever

Nathalie Boutet is featured on Advocate Daily discussing how a Collaborative Law Lawyer will set divorced families up for positive resolution in the future when issues are reopened. The needs of separated families will constantly change. The residency schedule may

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