Financial Hot Topics in Family Law: Equalization (Valuation), Support (Income) and Resolution/Settlement

This seminar features in-depth current material dealing with the financial side of family law matters – business/asset valuations, liability valuations and income analyses. This session will cover:

  • Alternative family law dispute arenas
  • The role of valuations and income analyses in family law matters
  • Value definitions/reference points
  • Valuation basics – principles, approaches/methods
  • Assessing the impact of family law rules on valuations and income analyses
  • Components of a business/asset or liability valuation
  • Key asset/business valuation issues – in general and in family law matters
  • Issues relating to calculation of contingent disposition costs
  • Income analysis – reference points, difference between retroactive and go-forward
  • Components of income analysis
  • Key issues relating to income determination
  • Valuation standards, reporting alternatives and critical engagement issues
  • Income analysis standards
  • Integration between valuation/property and income/support
  • Common errors and areas of abuse
  • Issues for external/internal accountants who have clients/employers in a family law dispute

13 May 2021, 3:00 PM

3.5 CPD hours


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Course Description

Course Walkthrough

  • Presentation
  • Recording
  • Certificate: Top Issues in Property and Income Valuations for Family Law Matters
  • Feedback / comments

About the Instructor(s)

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Melanie Russell

Melanie E. Russell, CPA, CA, CBV, CFE, CIM, CFF, ABV – her current practice focuses on business valuations, litigation support and dispute analysis, financial/forensic investigations, corporate finance and education. She has qualified as an expert witness in the areas of valuation, forensic accounting, income analyses and loss of income calculations in a number of cases in the Ontario Court of Justice, the Ontario Superior Court and the Federal Court of Canada. She has also acted as an accounting expert in arbitration, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings (e.g., collaborative family practice), and negotiated a number of buy/sell transactions. She has taught at various institutions, authored various articles and professional material, and has had a number of years marking, authoring and co-ordinating professional examinations including the CICBV Membership Qualifying Examination.

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