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You’re looking for information, and we have plenty to share. We’ve gathered a lot of free resources on separation and divorce, and to help you navigate it all we’ve grouped them around key topics so you can zone-in on what you want to know more about.

Living "Separate and Apart" – Were You Living Together in the First Place?

A while ago I wrote an article about the family law concept that former partners can live “separate and apart” and yet still live under the same roof.   (This is an important threshold […]

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Do Children Have a Direct Right of Support?

Readers of this blog will be familiar with one of the basic principles of Ontario Family Law which dictates that every child is legally entitled to financial support from their parents.   Practically speaking, […]

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Does RRSP Income Count Towards Child Support?

We have written before that the concept of “income” for the purposes of determining a parent’s obligation to pay child support is similar – but not identical – to what counts as “income” by […]

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Do Kids’ Opinions Count, in Family Law?

It’s an often-heard comment:  It’s the kids who suffer most when their parents separate and divorce.  Although this is undoubtedly true in many cases, in Ontario there is a concerted effort to at […]

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Keeping the Ring – Does it Matter Who Broke Off the Engagement?

We wrote recently about whether you can sue someone for breaking a promise to live together (and the short answer is: You can’t). This touches upon a broader point:  When relationships fail early […]

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More on Child Support for Adult Children Pursuing Higher Education

In past articles we have written about the complex question of how long a parent should be responsible for supporting a child who pursues post-secondary education – meaning second and third university degrees […]

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“Best Efforts” in a Parent’s Obligation to Find Work

Regular readers of my Blog will know that separated and divorced parents have an obligation to support their children.  Implicit in this obligation is the notion that parents will optimize their income and […]

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Can You Sue Someone for Breaking a Promise to Live Together?

In an older case called Graham-Rowe v. Culver (1997), 1997 CarswellOnt 131 (Ont. Gen. Div), the court faced an interesting question:  Whether it was possible for one person to sue another, for not […]

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