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Testimonial – Respondent to Motion to Change Child Support Brought by Payor

This is my testimonial regarding Ms.Solmaz, Managing Lawyer at Separy Law PC. I retained Separy Law and Ms. Separy as my lawyer in 2016. I was already in the middle of a very tough and stressful child access and support case which started in 2015, for which I had a previous lawyer who dropped my case right in the middle and left me without counsel or any idea what was happening with my case. I was left heartbroken overwhelmed and stressed. I had so many emotions  and had to quickly obtain new counsel.   I went to various lawyers, but since [...]

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Sep.28, 2017
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Restraining Orders and the Family Courts

Many clients ask us to bring proceedings for restraining orders without having a solid understanding of what applying for one entails, from a family law perspective. A restraining order is typically sought and provided by a Court in situations when a current partner, or a separated partner is taking part in stalking, domestic violence or abuse. The legislature in Ontario provides that the Court may make a restraining order if the person has reasonable grounds to fear for their own or their child’s safety and well-being. It is not necessary for a respondent to actually commit an act in order [...]

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Aug.15, 2017
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Recognition of Out of Country Divorces in Canada

I regularly have clients that ask me about out of country divorce or foreign divorce requirements when they want to get married again here in Ontario. The City of Toronto outlines that if you  were divorced outside of Canada, you will need to provide certain documents to prove that you are no longer married. The Ontario government needs to validate these documents. One of the documents required and necessary to have a foreign divorce recognized here in Ontario, is a Legal Opinion Letter addressed to both people who plan to get married,  giving reasons why the divorce or annulment should [...]

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May.16, 2017
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Testimonial Received May 10, 2017 – High Net Worth Property Division and Divorce / Separation After 30 Year Marriage

"This is a testimonial regarding Ms.Solmaz Separy, Managing Lawyer at Separy Law P.C. I retained, Separy Law P.C. and specifically, Ms.Separy as my lawyer in 2015. I was at the start of a divorce and when I met Ms. Separy, I knew immediately that she was the perfect lawyer to help me through a difficult time in my life. Ms. Separy is a perfectionist, making sure every "i" is dotted and every "t" is crossed. This is most important when dealing with financial and legal matters. Nothing escaped her keen observations of every transaction. Her professionalism is impeccable and she [...]

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May.10, 2017
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An age-by-age guide for talking to kids about divorce

https://www.todaysparent.com/family/kids-and-divorce-an-age-by-age-guide/

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Apr.24, 2017
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Divorce Article – How I Survived After My Husband Left Me – Chatelaine

Interesting article on the realities of separation and divorce.  Divorce Article - How I Survived After My Husband Left Me - Chatelaine

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Apr.20, 2017
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Tips from the Canadian Mental Health Association on how to handle Separation or Divorce

The Canadian Mental Health Association provides the following tips for dealing with Separation and Divorce  : Talk to someone you trust. Talking to a family member or close friend can give you an outlet for your frustration and anger. Be careful not to burden your children with these feelings. Be sure you can trust the person to keep your secrets so that you can feel free to share your deepest concerns. You may find that a person who has been through a separation or divorce is the best one to offer support. Keep a familiar routine for yourself and your children. [...]

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Apr.19, 2017
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Spousal Support Payments and Your Income Tax Return

Spousal support is taxable as income for the recipient spouse and deductible from the paying spouse’s income. However, the paying spouse should be careful when claiming spousal support payments as a deduction. First, spousal support should be paid pursuant to the Court order or a written agreement. Second, the paying spouse should not only report support payments on the tax return, but should also register the court order or the written agreement with the Canada Revenue Agency. The second step is usually overlooked or unknown by the paying spouses. In order to register a court order or a written agreement, [...]

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Mar.24, 2017
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Happy Iranian New Year or “Norooz” from Separy Law P.C.

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Mar.21, 2017
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Important changes in the treatment of child support for individuals in receipt of Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program

The recent changes in the treatment of child support have increased the monthly support for almost 19,000 single parents in receipt of both social assistance and child support in Ontario. Until this year, child support payments received by recipients of  Ontario Disability Support Program ("ODSP")  and  Ontario Works ("OW") affected the social assistance amount a recipient was entitled to, such that the child support payments would be deducted from any social assistant a recipient was entitled to. Fist, commencing January 1, 2017 for ODSP recipients,  and February 1, 2017 for OW recipients,  child support payments are no longer considered income [...]

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Mar.13, 2017
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Testimonial Received – Child Custody and Access

Child Custody is never an easy thing to go through and it can be stressful and confusing.  I had no idea what was going to happen when first stepping into it.  I was scared, and confused.  I wasn't sure how things would end and spent many nights not able to sleep.  I was approved by Legal Aid of Ontario and with my certificate I began searching for counsel.  I searched websites and Solmaz Separy popped up.  I tried other lawyers as well but there was something about her site that really caught my attention.  She was part of a firm [...]

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Sep.15, 2016
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Testimonial Received – Custody and Child Support Case

"I came to Solmaz Separy's law firm as a Legal Aid Ontario ("LAO") client.  I was apprehensive and afraid, as I was under the assumption that because I was not paying for services, I, along with my situation, would not be treated as a priority. However, my experience with Separy Law P.C. was the extreme opposite.    There wasn't a single instance where I felt that I was treated any differently than a paying client.  They treated me and my case with the utmost respect and held it as a priority from day one, even among all the other case [...]

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Jun.10, 2016
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Testimonial Received – Responsible Lawyer: Ms. Talar Awakian

Complex Custody & Access / Child Support / Involvement of the Children's Aid Society   "First walking in to Separy Law I didn't know what to expect as this was my first time dealing with anything related to custody of my four children. From the law clerk to meeting with Talar I was immediately welcomed and put at ease. I felt heard and confident that Talar would have my best interests as well as those of my children in the forefront and she did. Talar was so thorough with every detail through the entire process, she was very assertive and [...]

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Apr.22, 2016
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Happy Iranian New Year (“Norooz”) from Separy Law P.C.

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Mar.18, 2016
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Breakdown of Marriage and Divorce

Pursuant to the federal Divorce Act, a court may grant a divorce on the grounds that there has been a breakdown of the marriage.  A breakdown of the marriage can be established in one of three ways 1. Living Separate and Apart One way a breakdown of the marriage is established is if spouses have lived separate and apart for at least one year before the divorce proceeding. A divorce will not be granted unless you have been separated from your spouse for at least one year or you have established one of the other bases for a breakdown of [...]

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Mar.10, 2016
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Our 5 Year Anniversary

We are very excited to announce that this week marks our 5 year anniversary at Separy Law P.C. We have had some great accomplishments this year. We have resolved a large number of Family Law cases involving all aspects of family law, including separation, divorce, custody, access, child support, spousal support and property division matters. We assisted recipients of either child and/or spousal support  to start court proceedings to change or vary the support obligation of the support payor, and, we assisted support payors to vary or change their child and/or spousal support obligations due to changing circumstances in their lives. [...]

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Feb.16, 2016
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Traveling with Children: When do you need a consent letter?

It is important that a traveling parent have a consent letter to travel as immigration authorities upon entering or leaving a foreign country may request proof that the traveling parent has the right to travel with the child(ren). Without the consent letter, a country could refuse to allow a party to enter with the children, or could cause significant delays and questioning at the border. Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada recommends that a consent letter be: Signed by every non-accompanying person or organization with the legal right to make major decisions for the child, including anyone with custody rights, [...]

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Feb.03, 2016
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Happy Holidays from Separy Law P.C.

All of us at Separy Law P.C. wish you and your families a happy holiday season and a new year filled with joy, health, and prosperity. Be good to your friends and families, even if you are parting ways.

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Dec.23, 2015
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Testimonial Received October 2015 – Motion to Vary an Existing Order for Child Support

“I met Solmaz Separy in April 2013 when I needed to bring a Motion to Change Child Support Order due to a change in my financial situation because of a personal injury. Representing me, Ms. Separy had to deal with various parties, including government agencies over the 2 ½ year period until I was able to return to work. Ms. Separy is a skilled lawyer, her knowledge and confident composure when speaking in front of a judge and/or opposing party, together with her attention to detail was instrumental in a successful outcome of my proceeding. Ms. Separy’s firm recently expanded [...]

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Dec.08, 2015
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SEPARY LAW PC 4TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY.

I’m really happy to announce that this month we celebrate our four year anniversary. It has been a fantastic year for Separy Law PC and our clients. In 2014 - 2015, I took on the position of Board Member of the Family Lawyers Association, participating in committees in the areas of Legal Aid, Law Reform, Bench and Bar Organizations, Task Forces, and various other events in order to contribute to making the practice of family law more enjoyable, practical and effective and, to help develop a greater sense of community within the family law Bar. In early 2015, we expanded [...]

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Dec.08, 2015
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Testimonial Received in February 2015 – Motion to Change Child/Spousal Support

Our work sometimes involves changing the amount of support a support payor is either obligated to pay, or the amount of support a recipient has the right to receive. Sometimes, parties in Court proceedings will enter into agreements, agreeing to a certain amount of spousal or child support that meets the support recipient’s needs and is in accordance with the law. Other times, the Court will deem it necessary to give an order for support on the same basis. Following such agreements between parties or such orders by the Court, a few months or years could go by and the [...]

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Dec.08, 2015
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Our office has moved to the following address: 45 Sheppard Avenue East, Unit 930 Toronto, Ontario M2N 5W9 T: 647.352.4529 F: 647.532.3302

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Dec.08, 2015
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM SEPARY LAW!

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Dec.08, 2015
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Testimonial Received on October 15, 2014 with respect to a high conflict child support variation matter heard by the Superior Court of Justice via a Motion to Change proceeding:

I am very glad to have had Ms. Separy represent me in Superior Court on a Family Related Motion. Ms. Separy’s knowledge and experience on family law is extensive. Ms. Separy is very professional, and at the same time understands the emotional side of family related matters. Ms. Separy will tell you upfront what costs are involved and what may be the potential outcome. Ms. Separy’s honesty and integrity are clear and evident. Ms. Separy is very passionate at legal work – and the intelligence and experience speak for themselves. In court, the confidence and advocacy Ms. Separy displayed was [...]

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Dec.08, 2015
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Testimonial Received on October 14, 2014 with respect to a high conflict child custody, access, and child support matter:

“When I called Solmaz’s office nearly a year ago, I felt like I was at the end of my rope. Separation is never easy, separation with children is even more difficult, more so with an uncooperative ex-partner. Solmaz has been assertive and informative, compassionate and patient throughout the family court process. She is a highly skilled lawyer, her knowledge and composure are evident when she speaks in front of a judge, and there isn’t a moment that I feel she doesn’t care about my case, knowing she is working on other cases as well. Should my case go to trial, [...]

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Dec.08, 2015
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Testimonial Received on June 2, 2014 with respect to a domestic matter and separation:

“I am speechless….I can’t to find the words to describe how much Solmaz helped. The past year was a very painful experience in my life. I was lost and when I arrived at Solmaz’s office I was welcomed with warm smile. It’s silly to say this but sometime even a smile and a person who listens and understands wha…t one is going through is priceless. Solmaz is a very hard working individual and even though my case was not as big as other divorce cases would be, I felt like she gave me her undivided attention. She would explain how [...]

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Dec.08, 2015
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Testimonial Received April 3, 2014 Regarding a Complicated Divorce Issue:

“Words cannot express the gratitude and appreciation I have for all your hard work and assisting me in the situation that I was in. I came to your office when I had no idea what to do or where to take my case to! Your expertise and patience in listening to my case and taking appropriate action helped me get through pr…obably the most difficult times of my life. Every step of the way was well explained and communicated in a way that made me comfortable with what is going on in my case and needless to say that is [...]

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Dec.08, 2015
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Happy Iranian New Year (“Norooz”)!

Dear friends, Happy Iranian New Year (“Norooz”) to you and your family from Separy Law. We wish you and your family health, happiness, and success this year. - Solmaz Separy and Staff.

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Dec.08, 2015
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