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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

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

How to successfully negotiate a separation when your partner is a bully – Boutet in Huffington Post

Observing President Trump’s display of bully-style negotiation and intimidation tactics, false information and confrontational approach to advance his agenda gave me pause to reflect on how to effectively handle difficult personalities in family law negotiations. There are generally two broad

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

Business Advisors can be the ‘Voice of Reason’ in a Divorce

Trusted advisors such as accountants and lawyers can play a key role in minimizing the potential negative impact of a divorce within a family business. Referring clients to the right family law lawyer could mean the difference between a 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.

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”.

Family Law and Home Ownership – Nathalie Boutet on CFRA Radio

Nathalie Boutet on CFRA Radio discussing how family laws apply to home ownership. She describes some of the elements people should know before buying a house together.

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

Dating After Divorce & Science Behind It‬ – Nathalie Boutet on CanadaTalks

Dating after divorce can be difficult, especially if there are children involved. Keeping communication with your former spouse about your want to begin dating again will help your children come to terms with a new person in their lives. Natalie