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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

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

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,

Starting a Business with your Spouse – Boutet on AM 800

Nathalie Boutet is featured on AM 800 to discuss starting a business with your spouse.

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

How accountants can help prepare ex-spouses for mediation

Accountants and other financial professionals can help their divorcing clients prepare for mediation by having a better understanding of their role in this process. Mediation and non-court processes do not work when a spouse attempts to conceal information, and these

Take Steps to Protect the Family Business as a Divorce Unfolds

It’s important to take immediate steps to protect the family business in the event of a marital breakdown. If the business is providing significant revenue for the family, it’s their livelihood, and a divorce can be very disruptive. If both

Managing Divorce – Boutet on 680 News

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

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”.

Separating is Hard – Don’t Go Through Your Separation Alone

Divorce can be a painful and difficult process for everyone involved. Especially for children who are often caught in between the strong emotions of their parents. Parents need to balance feelings of anger, sadness and – often – fear with

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

Marital Breakdown – Nathalie Boutet in Canadian Consulting Engineer

Engineers have it made. According to a 2010 study from Radford University in Virginia, engineers are among the professions with the lowest divorce rates. They also rank amongst professions with the top- paying starting salary in Canada. Still, with the

Supporting Employees through Divorce – Boutet in Workplace Today

While family stress, separation and divorce are personal matters, they’re still likely to impact the workplace, and it’s important for employers to provide tools for employees to deal effectively with such situations, Toronto family lawyer Nathalie Boutet says in Workplace Today magazine. “When a

How To Get Through a Break-up – The 5 Stages of Grief

People who separate will often experience very strong emotions that will at times feel unmanageable. This is very similar to the grieving process where people feel deep feelings of loss and grief. They don’t know how to get through a