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Limited Scope Retainers or “unbundling” refers to a client hiring a lawyer for a specific limited purpose rather than retaining a lawyer generally to handle their whole family law case.Limited Scope Retainers offer clients much more control of the costs of a legal matter as compared to a full retainer for all purposes. Of course, limited scope retainers require that the client take on more responsibility for their own case rather than just giving instructions to a lawyer.We...

Documents That Might Be Necessary in a Family Law Case Involving Child Support and Special and Extraordinary Expenses (Summary Including Documents for Each Separate Category) Written by Lori GerbigWe at First Law have found that many clients don’t really have a good idea of what to expect from their lawyer or from the litigation process as a whole. So we thought that we’d put some thoughts together to give you, the client, an outline. This time we’re concentrating on documents related...

The Canadian Bar Association has published an article about the difficulties faced by some families with shared custody in dealing with the Canada Revenue Agency and available benefits and credits. This is the link https://www.cba.org/Our-Work/cbainfluence/Public-Policy-and-Advocacy/2018/March/Eligible-dependents?lang=en-CA&utm_source=cba&utm_medium=email...

Documents That Might Be Necessary in a Family Law Case Involving Child Support and Special and Extraordinary Expenses (Post Secondary Education) Written by Lori Gerbig The Specific Documents That May Be Useful Regarding Post Secondary Education Expenses Include:Registration documentation for the institution and particular courses; Background information regarding the institution and the particular degree or diploma; Information from the institution as to any required prerequisites; Information from the institution as to anticipated overall cost of the program and length...

Documents That Might Be Necessary in a Family Law Case Involving Child Support and Special and Extraordinary Expenses (Primary or Secondary School) Written by Lori Gerbig  We at First Law have found that many clients don’t really have a good idea of what to expect from their lawyer or from the litigation process as a whole. So we thought that we’d put some thoughts together to give you, the client, an outline. This time we’re concentrating on documents related to child support and in...

Documents That Might Be Necessary in a Family Law Case Involving Child Support and Special and Extraordinary Expenses (Medical and Dental in Particular)  Written by Lori Gerbig[caption id="attachment_806" align="alignright" width="222"] Lori Gerbig[/caption]We at First Law have found that many clients don’t really have a good idea of what to expect from their lawyer or from the litigation process as a whole. So we thought that we’d put some thoughts together to give you, the client, an outline. This time we’re concentrating...

Documents That Might Be Necessary in a Family Law Case Involving Child Support and Special and Extraordinary Expenses (Daycare in particular) Written by Lori GerbigWe at First Law have found that many clients don’t really have a good idea of what to expect from their lawyer or from the litigation process as a whole. So we thought that we’d put some thoughts together to give you, the client, an outline. This time we’re concentrating on documents related to child support.The legal...

We at First Law have found that many clients don’t really have a good idea of what to expect from their lawyer or from the litigation process as a whole. So we thought that we’d put some thoughts together to give clients some context. This time we’re concentrating on documents related to decision making regarding children and living arrangements for children. Next time we’ll comment on documents related to child support.The legal system is very document intensive. It is always...

Written by Lori GerbigWe at First Law have found that many clients don’t really have a good idea of what to expect from their lawyer or from the litigation process as a whole. So we thought that we’d put some thoughts together to give you, the client, an outline. This time we’re concentrating on documents and specifically documents related to child support and spousal support.The legal system is very document intensive. It is always necessary for the parties to prove...

A 2013 Federal Court of Appeal decision (Verones v R, 2013 FCA 69), followed by a 2016 decision of the Tax Court of Canada (Harder v R, 2016 TCC 197) have resulted in a potential tax consequence to separated and divorced spouses who have a shared or split parenting arrangement for their children, specifically when claiming their children as dependents on their taxes.Normally, where one parent is the primary caregiver of the children, the Federal Child Support Guidelines (the “Guidelines”)...