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Spousal Support Orders from Other Countries

Some people may think they are automatically entitled to spousal support after filing for divorce. Spousal support is not an automatic right. It is something that one party needs to qualify for in order to receive. There are many factors that can go into calculating eligibility for spousal support. One of the main factors is how much of a financial disadvantage one party may be after the parties divide their assets.

In situations where one party is eligible to receive spousal support payments, there are ways to ensure that the court order is being enforced. What could be challenging in this situation is if one party lives in a foreign jurisdiction where an Ontario court order may not be supported.

Parenting Agreements: What you need to know

When a couple divorces or separates, it not only affects how much time children may spend with each parent, but can also affect how much time is spend with grand-parents, aunts and uncles, cousins and close family friends on both sides.

In these situations, it’s best to develop a parenting plan with your former spouse for how to address issues of visitation or special occasions with extended family.

Parental relocation after a divorce

Divorce can be a difficult situation for two adults. It can be emotional, frustrating, and time-consuming trying to arrive at a settlement that satisfies both parties.

When you add children into this mix, it can be even more challenging. When one side wants shared custody or access, you may have to interact with your former spouse for years to come. This can make decisions – like moving away – harder to arrange.

Powers Of Attorney For Cross-Border Estate Plans

An integral part of the estate planning process is creating a Power of Attorney. If you divide your time between Canada and Germany or are relocating to or from either country, it is important to ensure that the necessary documents are legally valid wherever you are.


Avoiding double taxation with international assets

The world is getting smaller. Not only do the internet and electronic forms of communication make it easier to relate to people all across the globe, safe and convenient travel has made it possible for more people to visit new countries and even invest in those countries. As a result, more people own property beyond the borders of their homes.

While this is an exciting and advantageous era in which to be living, it does add complications to one's estate planning efforts. You may be one for whom estate planning is a way to protect your assets and your loved ones from tax ramifications. Therefore, you may benefit from understanding some of the factors that may frustrate your efforts to avoid tax penalties after your death.

Dealing with foreign business income as a Canadian-based business

Are you an Ontario resident with business ties in Germanic countries? Do you have income from Germany, Switzerland or Austria? Then you might have concerns and questions about double taxation. Did you know that Canadian residents who are sole proprietors or who are in partnerships must convert any foreign income into Canadian dollars before it is included as part of their overall income?

Gaining knowledge of the cross-border tax treaties between Canada and the other countries in which you do business might help you to optimize the tax provisions for your situation. You would naturally want to avoid paying both domestic and international taxes on the same income.

Resolving international child abduction isn’t a one-person battle

Anytime a contentious relationship ends, it may not be the end of the problems -- especially when there are children involved. In situations where the parents originate from different countries, there is always the unfortunate potential that one parent might abduct a child and return to his or her home country.

If you are the custodial parent of the abducted child, you will likely do whatever you can to secure the safe return of your child. Whether you reside in Ontario and your child was abducted out of Canada, or you are a resident of another country and the other parent brought your child to Canada, navigating the legal procedures to get your child back in your care can be extremely daunting and complicated.

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