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Foreign Same-Sex Divorce

Can a Foreign Same-Sex Couple Get a Divorce in Canada?

In Family Law, it perhaps goes without saying that in order to get divorce, a couple must be married first.   But the question of whether a same-sex couple’s “marriage” in another country was […]

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Paying for Post-Secondary Education

Paying for Post-Secondary Education – How Far Must Parents Go?

In Ontario, the Family Law Act imposes an obligation on all parents to fund their child’s education as long as they are minors and “enrolled in a full-time program of education.” This obligation […]

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Support for Adult Children

Enforcing Child and Spousal Support Payments – The Role of the Family Responsibility Office

In Ontario, the Family Responsibility Office (FRO) is a government agency which can assist in the enforcement of spousal and child support payments owing from one ex-spouse to the other. Here are the […]

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Ontario Family Court System

The Basics of the Ontario Family Court System

Most people manage to avoid becoming involved in litigation in their lifetimes.  But when marriages falter and ultimately end, or when issues arise in connection with the custody of children, people who have […]

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Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines

Understanding the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines

In Ontario, once spouses decide to separate as a first step towards divorcing each other, they embark a complex (and often lengthy) process of unwinding their financial affairs.   This includes the division of […]

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Who was the Primary Parent

Who was the Primary Parent During the Marriage?

In making a determination for child custody purposes as to which of two parents should be considered the “primary” parent during the marriage, a court will look at a large number of factors […]

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Divorce in Ontario

Divorce in Ontario: Frequently-Asked Questions

The following are some frequently-asked questions pertaining to the required elements for obtaining a divorce in this province.

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Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Pre-Nuptial Agreements

There are several different types of domestic contracts that can be made in Ontario, and they differ according to the point in the parties’ relationship at which they are made. A contract made by two parties who plan to live together without being married is called a “cohabitation agreement”; a contract by future spouses who intend to marry is called a “pre-nuptial agreement”.

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Child Support Basics

Child Support – The Basics

The obligation exists regardless of the state of the relationship between the parents. When the parents are living together, the expenses relating to child care and upbringing are normally shared either formally or informally, within the family unit.

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