Divorce doesn’t have to be messy and bitter to be difficult. Even the most amicable break-ups are tough for everyone concerned. It’s hard to understand and deal with the legal and financial consequences of a marriage breakdown in the throws of emotion. Surviving Your Divorce is the breakthrough book that takes readers past the legal jargon of divorce and offers clear and candid guidance on how to survive a divorce or separation legally, financially and emotionally. It combines essential information about the law with practical advice on everyday issues.
Michael Cochrane LL.B. has been a practicing lawyer for 30 years in both the public and private sector. Well-known as an author, he has written six trade books on family law issues as well as legal texts on class actions, alternative dispute resolution and family law. Mr. Cochrane hosted BNN’s Strictly Legal for three successful seasons and has appeared as a legal expert on numerous television and radio programs, including Jane Hawtin Live, CBC’s Counterspin, TVO, BNN’s MoneyTalk and Canada AM.
Do We Need A Marriage Contract?
Marriage is more complicated than it used to be. People are marrying later in life and perhaps for the second or third time. Often they are bringing more assets and more liabilities into the relationship, blending children from previous relationships, and generally facing all kinds of new challenges. Marriage contracts, wills and powers of attorney are all valuable ways to set your expectations in advance. Do We Need a Marriage Contract? is written in clear, nontechnical language and includes real-life examples based on Canadian cases. Cochrane includes a sample marriage contract to illustrate the critical issues you need to be aware of.
Do We Need A Cohabitation Agreement?
Many Canadians find themselves in common-law relationships and think that they aren’t any different from a legal marriage. It can be a shock to find out that, when the going gets tough, certain rights under the law (not to mention financial obligations) do or do not apply. For instance, if one common-law partner becomes seriously ill or passes away, will the other be able to access joint bank accounts? Their shared home? What happens if there is no will? And what about the kids?
These are some of the many serious questions that couples need to consider before sharing their lives, all of which can be addressed in a cohabitation agreement. A cohabitation agreement allows a couple to make sure their partner and any children are taken care of in times of need or crisis; that ownership in properties or financial resources is clear delineated whether combined, separated or protected. Most of all, these contracts allow for the peace of mind that comes with having a game plan in place should the relationship end due to death or separation.
When Canadians have legal problems, they need useful and understandable legal information — not legal mumbo-jumbo or weaseling fine print. We are living in a society that is becoming increasingly complicated. While trying to raise families, buy homes and keep our jobs, we are “bumping up against each other” more and more. In this book, lawyer Michael Cochrane provides straight answers to the common legal questions he was asked each week on his TV program, Strictly Legal.
Strictly Legal II
A new version of Strictly Legal with updated information and an additional chapter. In theory, we are all equally governed by the law and all have equal access to our justice system, but in practice, says Toronto lawyer Michael Cochrane, we don’t know enough about our legal rights and obligations. We fear the court system because of its slowness and its cost. And we put off or muddle through important things like wills and contracts because we don’t want to pay for a lawyer to help us. We don’t really know what the law is until we are in danger of breaking it. There are many situations when we need legal information, and Michael Cochrane’s book helps readers with what questions to ask and what steps to take to safeguard their legal rights and carry out their legal obligations. New information includes: a list of helpful websites and other resources; the latest information on fast-changing areas of law such as Family Law and Privacy Law; and an overview of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, with an emphasis on the ways it affects our everyday lives.
Surviving Your Parents’ Divorce
Why does divorce or separation happen? Why is everyone acting so weird? What are my parents talking to those lawyers about? What will happen to me? Will I have a say? Divorce and separation are hard for couples, but they’re even harder on the children involved. Many kids are in emotional turmoil, uncertain about the future, and blame themselves for the break-up, even though it’s not their fault. Surviving Your Parents’ Divorce fills the information gap, helping children to grasp and cope with the forces at work in a separation. Written in non-legal language for young people age 8 to 16, this book is easy for children to read themselves, or to go through with a parent.