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Divorcing? Here are Some Ways to Keep the House

Most Canadian couples who marry and move into together will need a mortgage for their matrimonial home, placed with a bank or private lender.  But when the relationship falters my clients often ask […]

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Separation Agreements: Don’t Forget to Include Your Pets!

As I wrote in a Blog recently, Canadian divorce courts routinely view family pets as “property” rather than the subject of custody orders:  When all else fails and a couple cannot agree informally […]

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Who Gets "Custody" of Rover or Fluffy in a Split?

If you are currently in the midst of separating from your spouse or partner, you naturally have your mind on how custody of your children will be divided, and on how finances and […]

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Matrimonial Home

The Special, Protected Status of the Matrimonial Home

“Home is where the heart is”, as the saying goes.  But it is more than that: – in Ontario family law, the matrimonial home occupies a special status, and is afforded certain legislatively-prescribed protections. […]

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Gifts You Received While Married – Can You Keep Them After Divorce?

Ontario Family Law has well-legislated rules about how family property gets divided after divorce.    But as with most rules, there are exceptions – and one of them pertains to gifts that you or […]

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Ask Ron: "Does My Ex Get Half My House?"

A reader of my Blog recently posed the following question: Q.  If my marriage lasted less than 6 months, is my Ex-wife entitled to half of my house?   She does not have a […]

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