Jan 23, 2015

Disputes over reimbursement of wedding gifts common in family law

The case of an Iranian family in Ottawa requesting reimbursement of wedding gifts and costs from their son’s former wife is not surprising, says Toronto family lawyer Herschel Fogelman.

An Ontario Superior Court justice recently dismissed the husband’s family’s claims in Abdollahpour v. Banifatemi, 2014 ONSC 7273, where an order was requested for the bride to return a generous wedding gift from the family – half ownership of a $1-million Ottawa home – along with the cost of the wedding, about $50,000.

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