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Blackburn Lawyers is looking to hire an employment law/litigation lawyer and a family law lawyer in Richmond Hill

We have an excellent opportunity for two lawyers with more than 5 years’ experience to join our growing practice: one in the area of family law and the other in employment law/litigation. Blackburn Lawyers is a well-established full service law firm of nine lawyers and twenty support staff located in central Richmond Hill. This is an excellent opportunity for professional and personal growth. We offer a collegial working environment and competitive remuneration. Please respond to our Office Manager, Marilyn Dunleavy:  [email protected]

Can I Get A Divorce in Ontario Even If My Spouse Doesn’t Want To?

Can I Get A Divorce in Ontario Even If My Spouse Doesn’t Want To? Absolutely! Getting a divorce does not have to be a unanimous decision. You can get a divorce whether or not your spouse is ready for that step. The process for doing so is a little different than that of a joint divorce, where both spouses apply together. A divorce is the legal dissolution of your marriage. Unlike most other issues that may need to be resolved at [...]

How Is Land Transfer Tax Calculated in Toronto?

How Is Land Transfer Tax Calculated in Toronto? Anyone who buys property or condos in Ontario is charged a land transfer tax by the government, which must be paid when the interest in land is registered. In Toronto, there are two components to the land transfer tax: the Municipal Land Transfer Tax, which is paid to the City of Toronto and the Provincial Land Transfer Tax, which is paid to the province. There are exemptions and rebates available for each component. Contact us today [...]

Steps to Prevent and Address Sexual Harassment in The Workplace

Steps to Prevent and Address Sexual Harassment in The Workplace While it is clear that today’s society has no tolerance for sexual harassment in the workplace, that does not mean that the problem no longer exists. For a small or medium-sized business, a single complaint can be enough to bring down the entire enterprise or turn it into a toxic workplace. Prevention can, therefore, be just as important as addressing any sexual harassment that does occur. Contact our Richmond Hill [...]

What is Parental Alienation?

What is Parental Alienation? Parental alienation is used to describe a situation in which one parent manipulates a child into rejecting their relationship with the other parent. In May of 2019, parental alienation was a candidate for inclusion on the World Health Organization’s 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) but was ultimately rejected as it was deemed “a judicial term and issue” rather than a medical one. If you have questions about parental alienation or concerns about [...]

What is The Difference Between Child Support and Spousal Support in Ontario?

What is The Difference Between Child Support and Spousal Support in Ontario? Child support is based on the premise that both parents remain financially responsible for the support of their children after the breakdown of their relationship. Spousal support is money that is owed to one spouse to either compensate the spouse for something they gave up or to meet a financial need caused by the breakdown of the relationship. While there is some interplay between the two, it is [...]

Wills, Powers of Attorney and Other Things to Consider When Getting A Divorce

Wills, Powers of Attorney and Other Things To Consider When Getting A Divorce Most people who are considering divorcing their spouse have given some thought to the obvious issues arising from divorce, such as what will be done with the family home or how they will continue to financially support their children. Unfortunately, there are some less obvious considerations that many people fail to consider until it is too late. It is vital that you consult a family law and [...]

How to dispute a Power of Attorney in Ontario

How to Dispute a Power of Attorney in Ontario A Power of Attorney is a legal document that one person (the grantor) uses to give another person (the attorney) the ability to make decisions on their behalf.  When disputes arise respecting a power of attorney, they can be resolved in court. Many people consider a Power of Attorney to be something that only older people need to worry about, but younger people can benefit from them as well.  A Power [...]

Tax considerations for the purchase or sale of a business in Ontario

Tax Considerations For The Purchase Or Sale Of A Business in Ontario Whether you are thinking about retirement or you are simply ready to move on to something new, selling a business that you have spent years building is not something to undertake lightly. There are many considerations to think of before making the decision to sell, for example: How much is your business worth? Who will you sell it to? What will happen to your employees if you sell [...]

Who gets the dog (pets) during a divorce in Ontario?

Who gets the dog (or pets) during a divorce? While we may think of our dogs as children and treat our cats like members of the family, the law continues to treat pets like any other personal property.  That means that after a divorce or separation, the animals often end up living with the person who bought them. If you and your spouse were married and the pet is particularly valuable, the value of the pet may be included in [...]

How does division of property work in common law separations in Ontario?

How does division of property work in common law separations in Ontario? The legislation that governs the equal division of property that spouses accumulate during a marriage does not apply to common law partners.  In general, when a common law relationship breaks down, each spouse retains the property they owned when the relationship began, including any increases to the value of that property that has accrued during the relationship.  Similarly, each spouse keeps any property that they bought with their [...]

Things to Consider When Drafting a Child Custody Agreement

Things to Consider When Drafting a Child Custody Agreement Many parents think that it will be easy to negotiate an agreement dealing with child custody and parenting arrangements after a separation.  While you and your ex-spouse may easily come to an agreement on the big issues, it is often the smaller issues that end up being sources of conflict for the family. At Blackburn Lawyers – our Richmond Hill divorce lawyers have many years of experience in finalizing child custody [...]

How Do Joint Divorces Work In Ontario?

How Do Joint Divorces Work In Ontario? If you and your spouse both agree that you want to obtain a divorce, you may be eligible for a joint divorce in Ontario.  A joint divorce can be relatively quick, easy and stress free.  You will not be required to attend court and you can even file all your paperwork online.  However, a joint divorce is not appropriate in every situation.  So how do you know if it’s right for you? Are [...]

How Are Child Support Payments Calculated In Ontario?

How Are Child Support Payments Calculated In Ontario? A child has a legal right to the support of both parents.  When the parents of a child are no longer living together, one or both of them may be required to make a monthly child support payment in order to continue financially supporting the child.  The amount of child support owed in that situation is calculated using tables set out in the Federal Child Support Guidelines and is dependent on: the [...]

Can I still get a divorce during COVID-19?

Can I Still File For Divorce During COVID-19 in Ontario? When the pandemic lockdown was lifted in Wuhan – China saw a rapid rise in divorce filings after couples had spent months cooped up together. At Blackburn Lawyers – our Richmond Hill divorce lawyers have also seen a surge in divorce requests in Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of couples feeling the strain of spending additional time together. Depending on how complex your divorce request is (i.e. [...]