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Inheritances and Gifts to Children

How can parents ensure that a gift to an adult child, or a bequest in their will to a child, will not be shared with a child’s spouse if the child’s marriage breaks down? There are several actions a parent can make to protect a gift or inheritance to a...

Matrimonial Checklist for Separation Agreements

This is an overview of the basic subjects that are dealt with in a separation agreement so each party’s rights and obligations are clearly stated. Though the list is quite comprehensive there will still be situations that will contain other issues. Parenting (Custody...

Mediation

Mediation is an alternative process that separating couples may use to resolve their differences. In mediation, the couple themselves negotiate their separation agreement with the help of a trained mediator rather than have their legal counsel negotiate for them....

Processes in Family Law

Introduction There are a number of methods in a family law matter that the spouses may use to come to a resolution of the terms of their separation. The purpose of this article is to explain briefly the different methods by outlining how they work and what are the...

Division of Assets

Upon separation, a common question asked is whether the husband and wife automatically share all their assets equally. The answer is yes and no. In a typical marriage with no marriage contract, with each party having the same net worth when married and with neither...

Life Insurance Clause in Separation Agreements

Introduction The life insurance provisions in a separation agreement are not often in great dispute. I have not found any reported or unreported cases in which life insurance has been contested. However, life insurance is still an important aspect of separation...