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HAPPY CANADA DAY! AND HOW TO RE-FRAME YOUR DIVORCE IN POSITIVE TERMS

Dear Readers,

We are deep into the summer holidays and vacations are beginning. Suddenly my vet is going to be away for 3 weeks and I’m feeling desperate about that! Then I realize that no one is indispensable! In fact I want my vet to have a peaceful, restful and fun holidays so that he comes back ready to take maximum care of my beloved pets! In that vein, I want to wish you all a happy, restful and fun July 1 holiday weekend. We all deserve to have vacations and I am sure studies show that people are the better for having had a break from their work stresses and demands. I am working on an article on how to see going to your lawyer, when you have finally made the decision to leave your marriage, as a positive first step to a happy future for you and your children. I spoke with someone the other day who said that once she met with and decided to retain her lawyer, she experienced for the first time a sense of relief in her very stressful matrimonial matter.

Watch for my upcoming blog wherein I will discuss how to re-frame your legal road ahead as a positive step to your new and happy life. This is particularly the case when you choose, if appropriate for you in your situation, a collaborative process or divorce mediation as your forum for resolving your divorce matters. More about that next time.

In the meantime, Happy Canada Day and 150th birthday to our great country! Aren’t you glad that we are Canadians especially at this turbulent time in world politics!

Until next time,

Anne

 

WELCOME TO MY NEW WEBSITE!

Dear Readers

I’m so pleased to announce my new website, hot off the press!   My website designer Steve Smiley, RGD from CatsMedia.ca ( yes that’s really his name!)  and I have designed it to be very user friendly and to have the information that you need at your fingertips.

Happy Reading!

Anne

 

INDEPENDENT LEGAL ADVICE OR “ILA” IN A SEPARATION AGREEMENT – IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Firstly, Happy New Year! Today’s topic is: “Independent Legal Advice,” commonly referred to as “ILA.” Following are four scenarios which in my view illustrate the common assumptions and mis-assumptions of what ILA means and the huge importance that it has.

I’ll use the words “Independent Legal Advice” to mean that each party retains his/her own lawyer to advise them in the negotiation of a Separation Agreement or Marriage Contract (“Pre-nup”). I’ll use the shortened “ILA” to mean that a party wants “quick and cheap” advice from a lawyer and the lawyer’s signature on the “Certificate of Independent Legal Advice” attached to the Agreement. Is there a difference? The following 4 scenarios* I hope will provide the answer.

Is there a difference? The following 4 scenarios I hope will provide the answer.

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WHAT HAPPENS TO A SPOUSE’S INTEREST IN THE HOME WHEN HE’SHE TRANSFER IT TO HIS/HER SPOUSE’S NAME AND THEN THEY SEPARATE?

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to my Newsletter, the Winter issue. I hope you are enjoying the snow and “refreshing” temperatures!

Today’s topic is: What happens to a spouse’s interest in the home when he/she transfers it to his/her spouse’s name and then they separate? This is an important issue which often arises when spouses separate.

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FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Welcome to the Fall issue of my Newsletter and today’s topic: “Financial Disclosure in negotiating Separation Agreements ( and marriage contracts also!): Why is it necessary?”

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BLOG BEGINNINGS

I firmly believe that, in most cases, court is not the answer in family law when considering separation or divorce.  Whatever process option we choose, I look out to protect the interests of my clients and make sure that they get a proper and fair agreement that stands the test of time even in the most complex and challenging cases.

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