Recent Developments on Family Law

Catholic Family Services of Toronto

Catholic Family Services of Toronto has recurring courses for men and women that run from January to June and July to December. This Office highly recommends these courses on divorce, stress management, abuse and other related subjects.

The Calendar may be accessed by clicking here.

The Importance of having a Will

Why do I need a Will and when should I change my Will?

The answer to this question is based largely on both your financial and family situation.

To read more click here.

Masters of Love

Every day in June, the most popular wedding month of the year, about 13,000 American couples will say "I do," committing to a life long relationship that will be full of friendship, joy, and love that will carry them forward to their final days on this earth.

To discover how science can lead to a long-lasting relationship click here.

A New Shade of Gray!

The Court of Appeal of Ontario in the case of Gray v Gray overruled in October of 2014 the obiter in the Fisher decision and found that the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines (SSAG) do apply to Variation Applications in spousal support reviews including those that deal with income fluctuations and obligations that result from second families. 

This is a wholesale change in the law and has significant consequences. Please click here to read the full article. 

Child Support Quantum Where Income Exceeds $150,000.00 and Retroactive Adjustment

Child support where the payor's income is less than $150,000.00 per annum is based strictly upon what is set out in the Child Support Guidelines (CSG).

Only where annual income of the payor exceeds $150,000.00 is there some discretion in the court to award less than what the CSG would ordinarily provide.

To read more about this issue click here.

Spousal Support Quantum and Retroactive Adjustments

The SSAG use the incomes of each party, the respective obligations for child support, the age of the parties and the length of the marriage as the main considerations. There are, however, several other important considerations in the circumstances of the parties which take the issue of quantum outside the basic SSAG framework. Departure from a strict application of the SSAG may also be appropriate in circumstances of a payor whose income exceeds $350,000.00 per annum.

To find out more about how spousal support can affect you click here