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John Schuman, Ontario Family Lawyer/Divorce Lawyer and Children’s Rights Advocate, on Television

Can Separated/Divorced Parents Agree the Child Support Guidelines are Wrong?


The Child Support Guidelines set how much money has to be paid between separated or divorced parents to help with the costs of raising the children. The exact support figures required by the Child Support Guidelines can come as surprise to some parents.  Others don’t like the strict rules for how child support is paid, or that there is no restriction on how a parent can use child support money.  After separating some parents want child support to work differently than set out by the Guidelines.


The reality is that the Child Support Guidelines are mandatory in most cases. Section 11(1)(b) of the Divorce Act, even prohibits judges from granting a divorce until child support is being paid that reflects the Child Support Guidelines. Getting around the Child Support Guidelines is very difficult as courts may ignore any agreement that is not in accordance with the Guidelines.  This can even create dangerous situations that backfire, such as when a spouse can be ordered to pay child support twice after making a lump sum child support payment


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In this informative video, Certified Specialist in Family Law, and expert on child support, divorce lawyer John Schuman, explains the situations where parents can make agreements for child support that are different from the Child Support Guidelines.  He explains what child support agreements have to say to be enforced by Family Court Judges.  He goes over the dangers of  making agreements for child support that are different from the Child Support Guidelines - especially the dangers inherent with lump sum child support, waiving financial disclosure or doing things differently after a child turns 18.  John then explains what parents have to do to have a court-enforceable separation agreement that does child support differently than in the Guidelines. Any parent who wants to set child support differently from the way the Child Support Guidelines say child support should work, must watch this video.


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If you need more information about child support, child custody or just about any other family law matter, get John’s best selling, easy-to-understand book on the Basics of Ontario Family Lawwhich has sections that fully explain marriage contracts and co-habitation agreements and an extensive explanation of what will happen if you do not have one of these contracts for your relationship.  The book is not only available as paperback, but also as a $9.99 e-book for KindleKobo, or iPad/iPhone/Mac.  

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Obviously, there can be a lot of money involved in child support cases  and only could really help a child with his or her needs (or not).  You need to get the help of a lawyer immediately to avoid financial hardship.  Contact Certified Specialist in Family Law (and author of the book above), John Schuman, by emailing him, calling 416-446-5847, or using the contact form below.  We answer all inquiries promptly and we can arrange for you to come in quickly for a consultation (charged at a reduced hourly rate).


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How to Save Your Marriage with a Marriage Contract


Financial stresses, especially when they are caused by one spouse more than the other, can put marriages, and common law relationships, into trouble. But that trouble does not mean there has to be a separation.  Top family law lawyers can advise about options that can keep the family and relationship together.  One way to do that is by using a marriage contract or cohabitation agreement one spouse can protect his or her savings, assets, credit or inheritance from the other spouse - especially where that spouse has been financially irresponsible.  Putting such a contract in place can remove the tension between spouses that exists when one spouse feels his or her partner is dragging him or her down or holding him or her back financially.  Removing that source of conflict can allow the marriage or relationship to flourish and blossom.


In this informative video, Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, explains how marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements can save a marriage or relationship. He goes over what these contracts can do to help ease tensions in the relationship and what these contracts cannot do. John describes some common family law mistakes that couples make and how a marriage contract or cohabitation agreement can prevent of fix those mistakes.  He also explains some of the rules for making a a marriage contract or cohabitation agreement. Watch this video to see if you can save your marriage or common law relationship.

Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law (Amazon Best Seller)

 


If you need more information about how to protect your assets or wealth during your marriage or common law relationship and after separation, pick up John’s best selling, easy-to-understand  book on the Basics of Ontario Family Law, which has sections that fully explain marriage contracts and co-habitation agreements and an extensive explanation of what will happen if you do not have one of these contracts for your relationship.  The book is not only available as paperback, but also as a $9.99 e-book for KindleKobo, or iPad/iPhone/Mac.  

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One of the rules for having an enforceable marriage contract or cohabitation agreement is that both sides must speak to a lawyer and get independent legal advice one the contract. To find out whether contract is right for you, how the law applies specifically to your situation and what steps you should take to get things to work out for you, contact Certified Specialist in Family Law (and author of the book above), John Schuman, by emailing him, calling 416-446-5847, or using the contact form below.  We answer all inquiries promptly and we can arrange for you to come in quickly for a consultation (charged at a reduced hourly rate). 


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