Child Support and Spousal Support

New Federal Child Support Guidelines came into effect

November 23, 2017

By: Jeff Li On November 21, 2017, the new updated Federal Child Support Guidelines and the corresponding Child Support Table came into effect. It is important for those parents who pay or receive child support to use the new Tables to determine the quantum of child support. Backgrounder: Child Support and Child Support Tables In…

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Spousal support for high income earners

September 20, 2017

By: Ashley Iyathurai Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is general in nature and does not constitute legal advice. You should contact the Law Office of Jeff Jiehui Li, or another experienced family lawyer if you are concerned about your family law issues. When spouses split, the higher earning spouse may owe the other…

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Seeking relief in Ontario after a foreign court has granted a divorce

February 24, 2017

By: Jeff Li and Ashley Iyathurai Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is general in nature and does not constitute legal advice. You should contact Jeff J. Li Professional Corporation or a family lawyer if you are concerned about your family law issues. After a foreign court granted a divorce, can either of the…

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Child support in a blended family:  What are your obligations as a step-parent?

March 26, 2016

By: Ashley Iyathurai, Law Office of Jeff Jiehui Li Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is general in nature and does not constitute legal advice. You should contact Jeff Li or a family lawyer if you are concerned about your family law issues. Step-parents living in a blended family should be aware that, on…

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Spousal Support and Family Law (Part III): Spousal Support and Separation Agreement

August 22, 2014

By Jeff Jiehui Li Family Law Lawyer based in Toronto, Ontario If spouses entered into a separation agreement, or an order was issued on the parties’ consent, can a party change the terms of spousal support later? The answer is positive. In so doing, however, the court needs to strike a fine balance between the…

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Spousal Support and Family Law (II): Overarching Principle and the Advisory Guidelines

July 24, 2014

By Jeff Jiehui Li* The “Overarching Principle” Having reviewed different factors and objectives the court needs to consider in ordering spousal support, one may ask: what is spousal support really for? In one word, spousal support is best viewed as a means for equitable sharing the economic consequences of the marriage (or cohabitation) and its…

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Spousal Support and Family Law (I): Statutory Provisions and Case Law

March 20, 2014

By Jeff Jiehui Li* Determination of the entitlement, quantum and duration of spousal support is one of the most complex issues in family law.  In Ontario, an order for spousal support is governed by two acts: the Divorce Act, which is under the federal jurisdiction (Canada); and the Family Law Act, which is under provincial…

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Successful Representation at the Court of Appeal by Jeff Li

March 6, 2014

[This is an email received after Jeff Li won an appeal involving matrimonial home, property division, child support and imputed income issues. The family law appeal was heard at the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Osgoode Hall, Toronto.] Dear Jeff: I’m writing this letter to formally thank you for representing me at my difficult appeal lawsuit. What is…

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Family law needs holistic approach

July 31, 2013

[Source: Law Times] The issues family law litigants face can be addressed not just by the justice system, but through a more holistic approach that leverages the connection and know-how of other community services, according to the Law Commission of Ontario’s final report on family law reform. Part of running an effective family law system means identifying…

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Difficult Separation Agreement Issues Resolved

May 28, 2013

I wish to express my great appreciation for Jeff Li’s professional legal advice regarding my family law case. I have been suffering for a long period of time in negotiation with my other half regarding the property dispute. After I had Jeff Li represent me for those issues, it has been soon resolved, and he…

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