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Wife Awarded Large Sum for Interim Disbursements

The courts have the discretion to decide whether or not to award interim disbursements to a party in a family law proceeding. Sometimes, as in this recent Ontario case, the court will award one party interim disbursements to pay for various expenses related to litigation, such as the cost of legal fees, business valuation reports …

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Court Orders Father to Pay Exorbitant Costs Award

The mother in a recent Ontario case sought her costs of litigation, which amounted to $456,411.14, inclusive of disbursements and HST. The court had to determine whether the father’s conduct had been so unreasonable that it warranted ordering him to pay those costs. The Parties’ Story The parties were involved in acrimonious litigation for two …

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Court Orders Spouse to Pay Advance of Fees to Fund Litigation

In a recent decision, an Ontario court considered one spouse’s plea for an order of interim costs and disbursements to cover the expenses of carrying on the parties’ litigation. The Parties’ Story The parties began cohabiting in October 2008, married in June 2011 and separated in 2017. The parties had signed a marriage contract the …

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When Will a Court Order Interim Costs and Disbursements?

An Ontario court recently considered a case where a husband appealed from an interlocutory order that required him to pay his wife $150,000 for interim costs and disbursements.   What Happened? The parties were married in 2002 and separated in 2013. They had four children together. In 2007, following a period of difficulty, the parties …

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