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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

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

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

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

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

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

What happens to insurance policies after separation? – Boutet on Advisor.ca

A common way to secure an ongoing financial obligation after divorce is through life insurance. The death benefit is typically based on the amount and duration of the support obligation, which does not have to equal the entire value of

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

Staying amicable best path to future reconciliation with ex – Boutet on The Toronto Star

Reuniting with a lost love is more common than many people think, but it isn’t easy to reconcile with a former partner — especially after a divorce. Nathalie Boutet was featured in an article on The Toronto Star discussing how

Why Advisors Should Get Personal with Divorcing Clients – Boutet on Advisor.ca

Chances are, every advisor will encounter a client whose marriage breaks down. Advisors who are afraid to touch such an emotionally charged issue miss important opportunities to connect with clients. Nathalie shares some simple tips so you know what to

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.

When Helicopter Parents Divorce – Boutet in The Toronto Star

Boutet comments on parents who are too involved with their kids and who may inadvertently be creating more problems than solutions… Read the full article in The Toronto Star.

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.

Divorce Myths Debunked

There are many common misconceptions when it comes to the topic of divorce that families may not be aware of. Nathalie Boutet, Family Law Lawyer, Conflict Resolution Specialist and Accredited Mediator can speak to the following myths vs realities when

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

Be upfront with ex-spouse about dating after divorce

Maturity, respect, and rising above emotions are all key elements to a smooth transition into dating after divorce, Toronto family lawyer Nathalie Boutet said on a recent edition of What She Said! Watch Video Boutet joined hosts Kate Wheeler and