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Old 07-08-2010, 12:16 AM
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I am going to ask other more experienced members to clarify some points I'd like to raise:

Line 150 is the income reported to the CRA, yes? which means he cannot legally change that amount.

Same goes for your income. Unless he knows for a fact that you're hiding substantial income from other sources, what you declare on line 150 cannot be changed either.

The bigger question, for me, is the CS Guidelines. In Family Law, support is a legal right and judges will use those very guidelines to determine amounts - am I correct??

One last question, frustrated: have you tried mediation instead of lawyers?
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Old 07-08-2010, 12:34 AM
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We started with a company called Fairway Divorce. They mediate with each of us separatley. Then we each had to have independent legal advice. When my lawyer found out how much his actual income was, he almost fell off his chair.

That was six months ago and this debate goes on. This is why my lawyer is frustrated, as am I, and wants to push for court.

I am not hiding income, stbx just wants mine higher so that there is a bigger off set. My lawyer has told me that because of the large gap in our incomes that the courts would not always include an off set.
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Are the child/children spending equal amounts of time with both parents?
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Old 07-08-2010, 12:43 AM
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So you switched to lawyers in the middle of the mediation process? Why? The consultation with a lawyer is to determine the fairness of the agreement according to law. Did you go back to the mediator with your proposed amendments to the agreement based on this info?
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You know whats really funny about all this....I'm the woman which seems to assume that I get treated better than men in some peoples opinions but in regards to child support he can wiggle and squirm all he likes...as soon as he goes to court the judge will nail him to the wall...Child support Guidelines are law......I made 21000 last year and have to pay 300 in child support for a 19 year old and a 16 year old....go figure and I wasn't allowed hardship...this year I'll make 17000 if he keeps supporting me....$600 a month....I've been layed off for a year and can't find work....
I have to claim on income tax what he pays me and he gets to deduct it....and not claim child support and he makes 90,000 a year in a bad year.....lol

I'd say you have a better chance than me....
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We were finished with the mediation. Stbx took agreement to his lawyer and had the seperation agreement drawn up. From there I went to a lawyer, he had to review the agreement to make sure I understood what was in it. My lawyer was shocked at how unfair the agreement was, and he had reviewed agreements from this company before.

My ex negotiates for a living and at the time I was led to believe that this was how child support could be calculated. The mediator was very creative in how they presented information to me, and I was much too trusting of them and my stbx's insistence that he was treating me fairly. I had not found this forum yet.

I am not trying to say I am a victum here, just trying to be more informed.
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I am going to ask other more experienced members to clarify some points I'd like to raise:

Line 150 is the income reported to the CRA, yes? which means he cannot legally change that amount.

Same goes for your income. Unless he knows for a fact that you're hiding substantial income from other sources, what you declare on line 150 cannot be changed either.

The bigger question, for me, is the CS Guidelines. In Family Law, support is a legal right and judges will use those very guidelines to determine amounts - am I correct??

One last question, frustrated: have you tried mediation instead of lawyers?
Line 150 is from the income tax return, yes. There is no law that states you absolutely must use line 150, it is just the most common number for most situations.

Line 150 should be taken from the Notice of Assessment after the return is filed, because CRA may insist on changes, for example disallowing an expense deduction. Line 150 can be changed after an audit. It can be changed months or years later by filing for a change to the original return, for example finding out that a particular expense could have been claimed, or finding lost receipts.

For people who are self-employed or who receive irregular bonuses, you may not want to just go with line 150. Certain expenses could be challenged like a home office or a car used for both business and personal use. Depending on the type of employment and the amount of expense, it may be worth going over it carefully with both an accountant and experienced lawyer and challenging some expenses.

For bonuses, if they are irregular, then possibly they may not be counted as income. This has to be shown and argued, not just claimed. It would be helpful for you to go through these Child Support Worksheets and see some of the options for excluding bonuses or deducting expenses.

As far as benefits go, if it is a taxable benefit it should be included as income. If not, then you have a difficult argument. Pick your battles and don't waste thousands in legal fees arguing over a non-taxable benefit.
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Old 07-08-2010, 01:46 AM
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His bonus occurs every year, the amount is determined in Feb. I think. His bonus is usually 2-3x what I currently make in year,and about what I will make in a year when I finsh school and have a full time job. The benefits are taxable and I don't have enough information to use the worksheets. He has no employment expenses to claim.

My lawyer has just asked for confirmation from stbx from his employer listing his base salary and detailing all benefits and bonus. Up to this point the ex has provided his NOA and his own self generated excel tables with his list of items.

I have just finished reading an angry e-mail from stbx and he is threatening yet again that if this goes to court I will loose and he will vigorously defend himself and that I risk having support terminated or reduced. It's two pages of him telling me how disappointed he is, as well as a whole lot of other crap.
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Is there some way I can tell if he has blind cc this latest e-mail to his lawyer? Although, if his lawyer were to read this, he should be advising him to stop sending me these e-mails.

This is the first time he has used the words "without prejudice" in the subject line, or used these words at anytime. This feels like he is up to something, but probably just trying to cover his butt.
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You can't send a NASTY email and have yourself protected becasue you put "without prejudice" at the top. The wording refers to negotiations and offers to settle. Just becasue he puts that in there doesn't mean you can't bring it up in court for the tone of the email.

Move towards trial. You stand a good chance of getting some of your costs back because of the runaround you are getting.
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