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Following a separation or divorce most people desperately want to live in harmony in their new rebuild life. However, it is said that it can take years to bring harmony to a blended family as it is difficult to balance the new spouse, the new stepchildren and your own kids.  Should you give up?  Of course not, but you need to acknowledge the challenge.  Parenting your own  children is not an easy task and parenting step children will not be a piece of cake. As in any relationship both "parents" need to sit down and discuss issues relating to the children such as money, discipline, childcare, activities etc.  As a stepparent, it is important to create a personal relationship with your stepchild that has nothing to do with your spouse.  Set aside some special time in which you and the child can interact alone. Don't forget that you are pivotal person in that child's life. Children have a sixth sense and can feel when someone genuinely cares about them.

 - Josée 

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Divorce Roadmap

April 15th, 2016


It is with great excitement and lots of efforts over the course of the past year that we proudly present our new and improved Family Law in a Box website!  Not only have we revamped its look and functionality to make it more user-friendly, we have also re-organized its content to make it simpler to navigate and added new tools and resources that we hope you will find very useful.  Of particular interest is our new Divorce Roadmap which will guide you from the beginning to the end of your separation and divorce process. And more keeps coming!  You can visit our new website at .
C'est avec fierté et après tous les efforts déployés par notre équipe pendant l'année qui vient de passer que nous vous présentons notre nouveau site web Family Law in a Box.  En plus de rajeunir son image et ses fonctionnalités afin de le rendre plus facile à naviguer, nous en avons aussi réorganisé le contenu et ajouté de nombreux outils et ressources qui nous espérons vous seront utiles.  En particulier, nous vous invitons à visiter notre Divorce Roadmap qui vous guidera du début à la fin de votre processus de séparation et de divorce.  Et nous en ajoutons chaque semaine!  Vous pouvez visitez notre nouveau site web à .

Yours truly,
Julie & Josée


Chéri(e) on signe et on en parle plus...?

De plus en plus de couples ont recours aux contrats de mariage ou aux accords de cohabitation pour établir leurs droits et obligations en cas de séparation. 

En effet, la loi permet aux époux et aux conjoints de fait de conclure ce genre d'ententes en ce qui a trait notamment aux obligations alimentaires. Ces outils juridiques sont considérés comme étant un moyen efficace de donner aux conjoints un meilleur contrôle de leur patrimoine en cas de séparation.

Toutefois, afin de lier les parties et de créer des obligations légales valides, les contrats de mariage ou de cohabitation doivent respecter les règles de base de la formation d'un contrat.



Nathalie Picard - ALT Divorce 

Grandparents' Rights to See their Grandchildren

With today's modern families in which more often than not both parents work full time and the children are involved in numerous extracurricular activities, the role of grandparents has expanded significantly.  When there is a separation, it is not rare that one set of grandparents will face a significant reduction in their access to their grandchildren or, even worst, be denied access to them.  This leads to extremely sad situations, as grandparents are seldom prepared to initiate court proceedings to gain access rights.
Contrary to the province of Quebec, where grandparents' rights to have access to their children is clearly set out in the Quebec Civil Code, in Ontario (and most other Canadian provinces) grandparents get no such special legal treatment.  The Ontario Court of Appeal in the well-known case of Chapman v. Chapman has made it very clear that "in the absence of any evidence that the parents are behaving in a way which demonstrates an inability to act in accordance with the best interests of their children, their right to make decisions and judgments on their children's behalf should be respected, including decisions about whom they see, how often and under what circumstances they see them.

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