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Separation. Divorce. Child Custody and Access. Child Support. Spousal Support. Division of Property and Assets.

Shared custody and split custody are two specific types of parenting schedules.

The word “custody” in this context is not referring to legal custody, which is the right of a parent to make major decisions with respect to a child’s education, health, religion, and welfare. Instead, shared custody and split custody are two arrangements that relate to physical custody, where the child lives. more

Divorce can be very difficult on children and can have negative short term and sometimes long term affects. It is not just the divorce itself that causes increased risks for children, but often the tumultuous family and parental dynamics surrounding divorce. more

Divorces are often thought of as full of conflict and animosity. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. When spouses agree on all the issues presented by the divorce, they can have an uncontested divorce. In this situation, the court can process the divorce without requiring the spouses to appear in court. As such, uncontested divorce proceedings are much shorter in length and less complex than contested divorce proceedings. more

Do not move out

unless you don’t want custody.

Both the father and the mother of a child are equally entitled to custody of the child, pursuant to s.20(1) of the Children’s Law Reform Act. The equal entitlement to custody is limited by s.20(4) of the CLRA, as that right can be suspended if the parents are separated and the child resides with one of the parents with the consent (express or implied) or acquiescence of the other. That means if you move out of the home and you leave your child with your spouse, you could essentially be giving away custody to your spouse. Instead of moving out, stay in another room in the house or even on the couch if you don’t want to lose custody. more

Divorce or separation can be stressful, confusing and sad for children. Here are five specific things you can do to help your children adjust and cope, and make the process and its inevitable effects less painful: more

Both parents are equally entitled to custody

Section 20 of the Children’s Law Reform Act states that the father and the mother of a child are equally entitled to custody of the child. That means as a general rule, both parents are equally entitled to custody until separation. more

Those Who Keep 2 Sets of Books: What is Acceptable Proof?

Providing complete financial disclosure (evidence) is of the utmost importance in family law. Generally, parties to a claim for child support, spousal support, or family property must provide a complete Financial Statement that details all of their income, assets, debts and liabilities.  more

If you are getting divorced, you’ll want to do everything in your power to prepare and defend your legal case. Here is a list of things you should not do during your divorce proceeding to protect your legal interests, your children and your future. more

Legal custody is the right of a parent to make major decisions with respect to a child’s education, health, religion, and welfare. A parent with a right of access has the right to make inquiries and to be given information regarding these matters. When making orders for custody and access, it is a judge’s duty to consider the best interests of the child. If you are involved in a custody dispute, always keep in mind the best interests of the child principle and do not engage in any of the behaviours described below. more


Typically, a parent’s obligation to pay child support ends when the child reaches the age of majority and/or is no longer a full-time student. However, section 2(1) of the Divorce Act creates an obligation to continue paying support for a child of marriage who is over the age of majority but unable by reason of illness, disability, or other cause to withdraw from parental charge or to obtain the necessaries of life.

Disability itself does not justify a support order; the child must be unable to withdraw from the parents’ care because of the disability. Therefore, if an adult child cannot live independently because of a disability, then that child may be entitled to receive ongoing support well beyond the age of 18. more