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How to best assist clients who separate during COVID-19 – The Lawyer’s Daily

With people working from home thanks to COVID-19, many couples aren’t getting any breaks from each other and, in some cases, may not even have adequate space to find solitude. For some, being confined to close quarters with no time apart is causing tension in marriages, triggering separation and divorce.

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

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

Collaborative Law and Mediation for high net-worth families and business owners – Boutet on Advisor’s Edge

How can financial advisors reduce the cost of divorce and increase the value of their advice? Listen to the podcast discussion with Nathalie Boutet, hosted by personal finance expert Bruce Sellery. Prosper/Advisor’s Edge

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

Traversing the emotional road to a pre-nup agreement

Learn why a pre-nup agreement can be important, how to prepare for it and what to look for to protect your family and business by watching Nathalie Boutet expertly speak at the CAFE Family Business Forum. (See full video below)

What if You were Married to Paul Manafort?

How does the Ontario Family Law Act protect people from debts incurred though crime during a divorce? Read on to find out. What are the effects of debts incurred through crime during a divorce? We analyze this through the case

Getting divorced? Your business may be a moving target – Boutet In The Globe And Mail

Executives and business owners are accustomed to running the show but an upheaval in their personal life, such as divorce, can have a significant toll on their work, their employees and the business performance as a whole. For high net-worth

Bill C-78 changes to the Divorce Act – is it enough? – Boutet on 900 CHML

Nathalie Boutet speaks to radio CHML 900 about the significance of the proposed amendments to Canada’s family law acts.

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.

How Advisors Can Support Healthier Divorces – Boutet on Advisor.ca

There’s no doubt financial advisors play an important role for families that are going through a separation. In fact, it is now common for family lawyers to suggest their clients work with a financial advisor during the legal process. A

How to live with your spouse through a separation – Boutet in Huffington Post

Divorce is never easy but, from conscious uncoupling to nesting, people are increasingly seeking ways to make the process of separation less painful. Minimizing disruption for the kids is often a top priority for parents, and the reality is that

Protect gifts toward a matrimonial home from divorce – Boutet on Advisor.ca

Often, parents want to help a child who’s getting married by contributing to the cost of the matrimonial home. This may be in the form of money for a down payment on a house, assistance with reducing the mortgage, or

How parents can protect the family business if their children divorce – Boutet in The Globe and Mail

There are many considerations given to how couples can protect themselves and their assets from divorce, but what about their family members – specifically the older generation – whose assets may also be at risk? What can parents who started

The Modern Prenup: Four ways to negotiate a marriage agreement – Boutet in The Huffington Post

Falling in love is a tale as old as time and despite high divorce rates, people still can’t help coupling up. And while love may not have changed, the circumstances of modern society have. Nowadays, people are marrying later or

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

Marriage, co-habitation contracts can be good investment – Boutet in The Globe and Mail

A romantic proposal or an invitation to move in with a partner may seem like an awkward time to start planning for a smooth divorce. But with nearly half of Canadian marriages ending before death does couples part, a pre-nup