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Protecting Gifts And Inheritances In Divorce

Last week, we talked about gifts and inheritances as exempt property, which don't have to be split between divorcing spouses. Even so, these assets may lose their special status if a number of conditions are not met and precautions are not carefully set in place.

Gifts And Inheritances – Divisible in Divorce?

In a previous post a few weeks ago, we took a bird’s eye view of assets considered to be “excluded property” in divorce – the ones that ex-marriage partners don’t have to share. This week, we drill deeper on two of those exceptions: inheritances and gifts. As with almost all areas of laws, there exist even more exceptions to these exceptions.

Property Division – Splitting Up The Matrimonial Home In Divorce

In the last few weeks, we began another blog miniseries about the matrimonial home. We talked about the number and form that it can take, as well as the question of who gets to stay after ex-spouses split up. This week, we look at what the law says about splitting this typically single largest, shared asset in divorce.

The Matrimonial Home – Who Gets To Stay After Separation?

In our last post, we looked at the basic definition of a matrimonial home. At the very end of the divorce process, married couples share the financial value of this significant family asset. But before that happens, the two parties typically face a key question: who stays and who leaves?

The Matrimonial Home - Common Issues That Arise During Divorce

The family home is often the largest, most significant asset that married spouses share. When a couple calls it quits, proper handling of this piece of the divorce puzzle is key. Over the next few posts, we'll examine some of the important issues that arise over the matrimonial home during separation and divorce. This week, we start with its definition.

Property Division In Divorce - Exceptions To The 50/50 Split

Over the last few weeks, we've discussed the principle that divorcing couples split the value of family property between the dates of marriage and separation.

Aside from equally dividing assets acquired after marriage, each side gets to keep assets they brought into the marriage, but must share any value accrued on those pre-owned assets over the course of the marriage. In this week's post, we look at various exclusions to this rule.

Dividing Property In Divorce – Arriving At An Equalization Payment

Last week, we provided a quick 101 on how divorcing couples split family property. Contrary to common perception, ex-mates don't share 50/50 in all property, but only the value acquired and accrued during the marriage. This week, we drill down on the number crunching that lets both sides walk away on equal footing.

Clarifying The Concept Of 50/50 Property Division In Divorce

It’s commonly perceived that when a married couple calls it quits, both sides split all family property down the middle. In fact, unless the couple has a legal agreement stating such, that notion is not strictly true in Ontario. Our post this week provides a quick 101 on how the law sets the rules on property division in divorce.

Ontario’s Imposes Standardized Lease For Private Residential Rentals

Last week, we ended our mini blog series on the legal nuts and bolts of private residential rentals. As it happens, the Ministry of Housing recently announced new rules obligating landlords and tenants to use templated lease agreements starting this spring.

With an estimated 1.25 million private rental tenancies existing in the province, and over 19,000 units changing hands in a single month, the move should help foster better understanding on rights, responsibilities and expectations for both landlords and tenants.

Evictions - End Of The Line For Soured Tenancies

Homeowners who rent out a secondary unit hope for the best of scenarios: a regular source of extra income and a smooth landlord-tenant relationship. But, even if a unit is completely separate, carving out a piece of one's home for a tenancy can easily ignite into discord and problems. Our post this week is the last in a series on legal basics for homeowner-landlords. We finish with an overview of a landlord's last resort for handling troublesome tenants.

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