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

A non-custodial parent may be required to financially contribute to their child’s post-secondary education and any other related expenses.

Pursuant to section 7 of the mandatory Child Support Guidelines (CSG), a court may order child support that is higher than the table amount if there are special or extraordinary expenses.  more

Common-law couples do not have the same rights as married spouses when it comes to division of property upon the breakdown of the relationship. A breakdown of a marriage results in equalization of property, under the premise that each spouse has contributed to the partnership.  more

The family justice system in Ontario is traditionally adversarial in nature. However, the divorce process does not have to be full of conflict. There are some methods to reduce the conflict in a divorce: more

You should not refuse to talk with a child protection worker if they show up at your door. Refusing to talk will make it look like you have something to hide. You do not have the right to remain silent unless you are facing criminal charges. more

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