Family Tax Series: What BC Families Need to Know Before Filing This Year’s Taxes


By Chantal M. Cattermole and Sarah Tradewell

Families need to understand that their tax obligations and opportunities are more complex and dynamic than regular taxpayers, requiring a proactive approach to tax planning and management.

They need to be aware of the latest tax laws and regulations and the various tax planning strategies available. By working with legal and tax professionals specializing in wealth management, families can optimize their tax position and minimize their tax liabilities while ensuring compliance with tax laws and regulations. Overall, a thorough understanding of tax obligations and opportunities is crucial for families to preserve their affluence and ensure financial stability for future generations.

Taxation is a complex subject that can cause stress and confusion for many people, especially during significant life changes such as separation or divorce.

The financial implications of these life events can be profound, and it’s essential to be aware of the available opportunities and key considerations to ensure that you are managing your taxes efficiently.

In this special four-part series, we will explore some of the most important aspects of taxation for BC families when it comes to legal fees, structuring family agreements, optimizing tax obligations, as well as navigating separation and divorce.

  • In our first article, we will focus on optimizing your tax obligations. There are many ways to reduce your tax burden after separation or divorce, and this article will explore some of the strategies and tips you can use to manage your finances effectively. From taking advantage of tax credits and deductions to restructuring your finances, this article will provide practical advice on minimizing your tax payable.
  • Our second article will discuss the benefits of bespoke family agreements and their tax benefits. When going through a separation, it’s crucial to understand your rights and responsibilities under the law, and one of the ways to manage your tax obligations is through a tax agreement. This article will explore the different ways to structure your agreements, how to negotiate them with your ex-partner, and what to consider when managing your tax affairs with the help of a professional.
  • The third article will cover legal fees and tax treatment. Legal expenses can be a significant burden. However, there are some tax deductions and credits that you may be eligible for, and it’s essential to be aware of them to manage your finances efficiently. We will explore the tax treatment of legal fees, what types of legal expenses are deductible, and how to manage your legal expenses in a tax-efficient way.
  • Finally, the fourth article will explore the tax implications of separation. Going through a separation or divorce can have significant financial impacts, and it’s essential to understand how this will affect your taxes. This article will explore how to file your taxes after separation, what tax credits and deductions you may be eligible for, and how child support and spousal support payments can affect your taxes.

By reading this series, you will gain a better understanding of the critical tax implications of separation and divorce, as well as practical tips and strategies for managing your taxes efficiently.

Whether you are going through a separation or want to be prepared for any future changes in your circumstances, this mini-series will provide valuable insights and advice from our Family Law experts.