Divorce, RRSPs and Buying a New Home

RRSP Divorce Home Buying Plan

Divorce and RRSPs Earlier this month, the Federal Budget updated a Canadian federal tax law that has major implications for family law and divorcing individuals. The Canadian Home Buyer’s Plan, the same plan that allowed first time homebuyers to withdraw from RRSPs to purchase their first home, now allows separating spouses to withdraw from their […]

What if My Spouse Handled the Money?

MONEY: FEELING FINANCIALLY CHALLENGED

DIVORCE AND FINANCES What if My Spouse Handled the Money? In some relationships, one spouse takes responsibility for handling the finances and the other steers clear of anything related to money. This may be for simplicity’s sake, because one spouse has a stronger interest, or for any number of reasons. While there is nothing inherently […]

Divorce Rules: Why is Divorce So Expensive?

Family Mediation and Divorce Court Costs

DIVORCE RULES Why Is Divorce So Expensive? Years ago I wrote a book on divorce. Having been through the process a bunch of times—I’m the eternal optimist—I believe there are better ways of handling a breakup than taking a contract out on your Ex and running up a massive cost. Thus the reason for the […]

Taking Control of Your Finances

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DIVORCE: Debt, Money and Finances Financial Responsibility Some spouses think that they are doing their ex-partner a great favour by continuing to manage the finances, or by paying a mortgage or debts. Some spouses even allow this to happen. This is not the way it works with financial control and responsibility. You are separating. Your spouse […]

Money Tips: How to Manage Money on Your Own?

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DIVORCE MONEY TIPS 5 Money Tips: How Your finances after Divorce Starting a new life after divorce is challenging! One of the most daunting hurdles is learning how to manage the money on your own. You may come out of your relationship having never managed your family’s finances, for one reason or another. Rather than […]

Tax Smart and Money Savvy Divorces

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In divorce, the real value of a settlement is not what you get in the agreement, but what’s left over after you pay Revenue Canada their share. Its hard to think taxes when the emotions are running high, but smart divorcing spouses really must consider the wide range of financial implications and tax planning issues […]

Gail’s Guide to Taxes and Divorce

During and following a divorce, your tax situation changes significantly. Here are a few of our most commonly asked “divorce and taxes” questions:   How can divorce affect my taxes? There are real consequences attached to the transfer of assets between spouses when they get divorced. Not all assets are created equally, and you need to be […]

The Canada Revenue Agency and Divorce

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During and following a divorce, your tax situation changes significantly. Here are a few of our most commonly asked “Divorce and Canada Revenue Agency” questions: When does Revenue Canada consider you separated? Separated for family law purposes is different than separated for Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) purposes.  For family law, you are separated when you […]

The “How To” of Value Assets

Valuing Assets

Valuing assets is not always easy or obvious. During the divore and separation process, you will need to value these items in order to properly divide your assets. Here are the top-5 most commonly asked questions about valuing assets. Valuing Assets: The Matrimonial Home There are normally two options for valuing assets like the matrimonial […]

What is a CDFA?

Family Mediation and Divorce Court Costs

Imagine heading out for a night of dancing in your rain boots. Awkward. How about trying to shovel two feet of snow in stiletto heels. Ridiculous! And yet, every day, people ask their divorce lawyers to be their financial guides. It’s the wrong shoe and it just doesn’t fit. Let me introduce you to the […]