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Author: Stephen Rosenfield

Preparing Your Marital Home for Sale

Preparing Your Marital Home for Sale

If you’re in the midst of a residential transition after your separation or divorce, you are likely feeling overwhelmed. New schedules, new financial circumstances, emotional turmoil, confusion, changing relationships and anxious children can all lead to heightened levels of stress. Adding fuel to the fire,

Home Inspection Considerations During Family Transition

Home Inspection Considerations During Family Transition

Home inspections are very useful for people going through separation and divorce. Most often, separating homeowners need to sell their matrimonial home to finance a new living arrangement. A qualified Home Inspector can assess your current or prospective home, providing valuable insight into problems or

Separation and Divorce Financial Considerations

Separation and Divorce Financial Considerations

Separation and divorce could be the largest or second largest expense in your lifetime. Forty to fifty percent of marriages end in divorce. It’s a common problem that affects many North American families. There are more than 1.25 million divorces plus hundreds of thousands of

Planning for the Holidays, during Covid

Planning for the Holidays, during Covid

It’s a wonderful time of the year. Families get together. Children are overly excited about so many things. There’s lots of cookies and candies, all with too much sugar. Stories are told. Children always behave better before they get their presents than after getting them.  However, family traditions have changed. Moms and dads

High-Conflict Families Grounds for divorce

High-Conflict Families Grounds for divorce

Every year over 1,000,000 couples divorce in North America. Prior to divorce, what factors contribute to high-conflict family separations? Statistically, high-conflict separations are a small part of the total number of legal divorces, however, common-law separations across North America are increasing and legal marriages are

Parenting Challenges

Parenting Challenges

Statistically, 20% of adults suffer from emotional difficulties. An additional 5% have extreme mental health issues. Therefore, 1 in 4 adults suffer from emotional problems, which will likely impact their spouse, their children and their own life and cause Parenting Challenges Every year children are

Life Insurance – An Important Consideration

Life Insurance – An Important Consideration

Life Insurance policies, joint or individual, term or permanent, as well as family health and dental plans, can all be impacted by separation and divorce. It’s important for couples undergoing this legal transition to understand the implications that changes to the above can have on

The Real Cost of Life After Divorce

The Real Cost of Life After Divorce

Expected: Legal fees and support payments || Life After Divorce Not expected: Duplicate items for kids in two homes (computers, clothing, etc. Loss of discounts for shared expenses such as car insurance, cell phones, etc. Two household insurance policies, two cable, electrical and gas bills, etc.

Separation / Divorce Agreements

Separation / Divorce Agreements

Most separating couples have never seen one  The Family Law Professional’s role is to help separating couples reach consensus during their negotiations, if possible. The following are some questions people need to consider and some of the most common Family Law sections in a Separation

Financial Agreement

Financial Agreement

Now that you know your expenses and your financial budgets, you are ready to negotiate the financial aspects of your agreement. This can be challenging and even scary.  If you have children, your situation is even more complicated. Parents have a moral, if not legal

Financial Budgeting

Financial Budgeting

Financial Budgeting is not a mandatory legal requirement, but perhaps it should be. It is one of the most complicated tasks when reaching an agreement and frequently overlooked. Without proper budgeting, most Separation / Divorce Agreements are signed with little regard to the affordability of the Agreement.

Parenting Plans

Parenting Plans

Parenting Plans are usually a significant part of a Separation / Divorce Agreement. Parenting Plans can be simple or complex, depending on the parents’ wishes, emotional maturity, personalities and the needs of the children.  Typical paragraphs included in Parenting Plans:  The values both parents choose

ADHD and Family Separation

ADHD and Family Separation

ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER with HYPERACTIVITY and It’s Effect on Family Separation All too often, we read or hear about difficult or explosive children at school, at home or with their friends. We also read about dysfunctional family separations. What role does ADHD play in family

Family Mediation

Family Mediation

Mediation is a term used to describe a concept for resolving disputes with the help of an independent neutral third party. It’s used in business. It’s used in complicated situations frequently involving legal matters. Now, more than ever, mediation is helping resolve issues in family

Family lawyer – Find A Professional

Family lawyer – Find A Professional

Most people think of Family Lawyers as the only lawyer they’ll retain during separation. Afterall, Family Lawyers are highly trained professionals who understand the legal, parenting / family dynamics and financial nuances during Separation. In your mind, your future is in the hands of your

12 Tips for Separating or Divorcing Parents

12 Tips for Separating or Divorcing Parents

Separation and Divorcing Parents are never easy on children, but there are many ways moms and dads can help reduce the impact of their break-up. Separated or divorced parents need to work together to some degree. Co-operation helps reduce anxiety, improves a child’s attitude, helps

Children’s Bill of Rights

Children’s Bill of Rights

Children have the right to expect their parents to fulfill their responsibilities. This Children’s Bill of Rights will help guide you during your separation or divorce. Children have the right to be loved and to love both parents without feeling guilty, pressured, disapproved or rejected

When Parents Do Well, Children Do Well

When Parents Do Well, Children Do Well

When parents separate, children often may become confused, angry or withdrawn. Some kids feel lost and hopeless while others feel relieved. Each child will react differently. How a child is told or finds out about their parent’s ending relationship is important. How they feel about