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Who’s Divorce Is It, Anyways?

Who's divorce is it, anyways, when getting a legal divorce entrenches us in process? No worries, I can see that this sentence is confusing. Let me explain. Whether you chose to litigate, mediation, collaborate or arbitrate your divorce, there are some similarities in the information that is required in order to attain...
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Divorce ~ As Seen on TV

Divorce, as seen on TV, gives rise to conflict to create drama. It keeps the watcher engaged, right? However, that's what some people think it's really like. Conflict, threats, drama and the legal team taking hold of your family matters and running amok with your potential future choices; that's the perception. I've had a number...
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Why Choose Mediation?

Why would you want to choose mediation to resolve your marriage? Some people are unaware of the different process choices that are available to them once they decide to end their marriage. That's no surprise, unless they've had to face this difficult life transition before, right? And yet, when I speak to some...
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Is Your Spousal Support Secure?

MarianGage By Marian Gage Family Law Lawyer, Accredited Family Mediator I just read Dagg et al. v. Cameron Estate [2015] ONSC 2597. This case doesn’t change anything. There is no new interpretation of any law here. Still, it highlights the law that we need to know as it relates...
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Parenting During and After Divorce

Parenting during and after divorce can present many challenges. Many people try to assert themselves as the better parent during a family break up.  Typically, it is fuelled by anger at their spouse.  But this is what is really happening.  I wish I could make all of my clients, who have children and who are...
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Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) Really A Benefit?

Canadian families will benefit from the increase in the Universal Child Care Benefit, more commonly referred to as the UCCB.  The increase benefit moves form $100per month to $160 per month and it is retroactive to January 1, 2o15.  This means that parents of children under the age of 6 will be receiving a bit...
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Should Couples Financially Share?

Couples don't always see eye-to-eye when it comes to financial planning or financial sharing for that matter.  As individuals our conceptions about money often come from our parents as our  values and belief systems are developed.  Often one person is the 'perceived spender' and the other the 'perceived saver'.  Let's face it, one person in...
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Collaborative Team Models

Collaborative Team Models differ, according to Gary Direnfeld,  as collaborative practice moves along a continuum from unidisciplinary to transdisciplinary collaborative team models. (See article here http://www.yoursocialworker.com/s-articles/collaborative_team_models.htm ).   But before we look at the models, I think it's important to understand how we got there. When collaborative practice first surfaced in Toronto and the GTA around the turn of...
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Mutual Funds and Other Options

I was an Investment Advisor, or in colloquial terms, a 'stock broker' back in the early '90's when mutual funds became more widely known.  GIC investors were flocking to this newly touted investment vehicle, sometimes erroneously thinking that last year's stated  rates were guaranteed for next year's returns.  Some people moved to mutual funds after they...
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Financial Planning Resolutions for the New Year?

Are you planning on making financial planning resolutions for the New Year?  The end of one year and the beginning of a new one is often a time of reflection.  We evaluate relationships, finances and how we survived life's challenges often to think that we would like to be in a better position this time...
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