Spousal Support In Canada
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Guide To Spousal Support

When two individuals are in a relationship, aside for companionship, they also engage in an ongoing economic relationship.  When couples separate, the individual earning a higher income may have an obligation to continue to financially support the individual with the lower income. It must be noted that the individual being supported typically has an obligation […]

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Same-Sex Marriage Laws In Ontario
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Same Sex Marriage

On June 10, 2003, in the decision of Halpern v. Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal found that the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage rights was a violation of equality rights, guaranteed under section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Previously, marriage was recognized as between a man and a woman. Thus, […]

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Family Law Forms
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Family Law Forms

When parties decide to litigate, they may bring their action by way of Form 8: Application (General). Within the Application, parties will provide a family history, outline their claims against the opposing party, and state the important facts supporting their claims. The party bringing the Application is the Applicant. The Application is the Applicant’s first […]

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How To Handle Divorce With Children
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How To Handle Divorce With Children

Divorce causes a great deal of stress on the family and is usually a disheartening experience for the children involved. Children will often be scared, frustrated or confused about their future with their parents. It’s important to address the emotional difficulty of divorce with your children. Here’s how to appropriately address your divorce with your […]

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Uncontested Divorce
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Uncontested Divorce

After a breakdown in marriage, a party seeking a divorce may begin proceedings by bringing an Application for Divorce. To begin, the party bringing the Application will have to prepare an Application for Divorce, along with their marriage certificate, to court for issuing. The court will assign a case number and place a court seal […]

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Various Types of Child Support
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Various Types of Child Custody

As per the Children’s Law Reform Act, biological parents are equally entitled to custody of the child. However, if upon separation, the parents cannot agree on custody, one can bring an Application to settle the matter. Child custody is the right of the parent(s) to make important decisions for the child, which includes, but is […]

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Separation vs. Divorce Laws
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Separation vs. Divorce

Upon the dissolution of marriage, spouses may elect to enter into a separation agreement wherein important decisions such as property division, child custody and access, and support obligations are settled. Aptly named, a separation agreement is a contract, which may be prepared upon the separation of the parties. Separation automatically occurs once the parties begin […]

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types of divorce in ontario
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3 Ways To Getting Divorced

Divorce is the legal mechanism that ends a marriage, following which you may legally marry a future (or current) partner. While many family law issues can be dealt with outside of court, a divorce can only be obtained with a judge’s signature. Ultimately, there are three routes to getting divorced. 1. Joint Divorce Application The […]

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Severing a Divorce from the Corollary Issues
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Severing a Divorce from the Corollary Issues

  While the term “divorce” in everyday life broadly refers to separating couples and all the associated stress, the “divorce” itself is usually one of the simplest legal issues in family lawyer circles. Generally, disputes over custody, access, support, and property division are rightly at the forefront of family law disputes. In the end, all […]

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Divorce and Inheritance
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Divorce Law Pertaining To Inheritance

When married spouses separate, they are subject to the property division regime found in the Family Law Act, unless otherwise agreed to in an enforceable domestic contract. The Family Law Act provides for the “equalization of net family property” upon the breakdown of marriage, or when one spouse dies. Both spouses are generally entitled to […]

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