What is child support?

When parents separate, whether or not they are married, in a civil union, or have no formal ties at all, both of them must financially support their children. No matter whether the parents are married and so are in divorce proceedings (under our federal Divorce Act),...

What are grounds for divorce in Quebec?

Our current Divorce Act is a federal law which has been in effect since February 1986, and is applicable throughout Canada. It is the Constitution of Canada that requires that Parliament set the conditions for marriage and divorce, to be administered equally in every...

What is alimony (spousal support)?

During marriage, spouses owe each other respect, fidelity, succour and assistance, and they contribute to the expenses of the marriage in proportion to their respective means (articles 392 and 396 of the Civil Code of Quebec). Upon separation or divorce, spouses owe...

Support Payments – When are they Taxable or Deductible?

Child Support Payments are never taxable for the recipient nor deductible for the payer, as long as the originating court order or agreement is later than May 1st 1997. Court orders or agreements prior to May 1st 1997 are subject to the old rules (taxable and...

How should I negotiate alimony with my spouse?

Before engaging in a costly court battle over alimony, spouses who are discussing amicably how to settle their separation or divorce, or spouses who go into mediation, should concentrate on the same kinds of factors the Court will consider if they cannot solve the...