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Family Law Articles: Sharing our Knowledge With You

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.

When Are Religious Marriages Valid in Ontario

When Are Religious Marriages Valid in Ontario?

As I indicated in a previous article, for there to be a valid marriage in Ontario there are certain procedural steps that are set out in the Marriage Act, and which must be […]

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Divorce and Your Pension

Divorce and Your Pension: The Basics

When couples divorce, there are many financial and personal issues that must be untangled.  Among the more complex ones, is how a spouse’s pension or pension entitlement is to be treated in the […]

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Adultery and Divorce

Adultery and Divorce

In Ontario (and in other provinces as well), the federal Divorce Act governs the grounds on which a married couple can obtain a divorce.   That Act specifies that a “breakdown of a marriage […]

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Separation Agreement

Make Sure Your Separation Agreement is Comprehensive

Make sure your separation agreement is comprehensive because spouses who are able to avoid trial through mediation to resolve most of their family law disputes (usually with the assistance of their respective lawyers) […]

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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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