Requesting Changes to Spousal Support After Retirement

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision explored how courts address requests made by a spousal support payor who wishes to eliminate their support obligations towards their ex-spouse following retirement. What Happened? The parties in question were married for more than 24 years, and separated in 1990. They had one child together who, at the …

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Post-Divorce Parental Obligations to Emancipated Children

A recent Ontario decision discussed the circumstances under which separated or divorced parents have an obligation to a child who had been emancipated. Specifically, the court reviewed whether the father of a 17-year old daughter who had left home and obtained a legal emancipation order was responsible for financial supporting her through university. Emancipated Daughter …

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Second Marriage: Court Relies on Financial Statements from First Divorce During Second Divorce

In a recent decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal relied on documents and financial disclosure from a husband’s first divorce proceedings in order to come to a conclusion about his net worth during his second divorce proceedings, following the end of his second marriage. The Parties The parties met in the early 1990’s. At the …

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Court of Appeal: Mother’s New Partner Cannot Participate in Family Counselling Because of Restraining Order

The Court of Appeal recently ruled on a situation involving complicated family dynamics, allegations of abuse, and a restraining order. The Court removed a condition in an order requiring a father to attend family counselling meetings with his ex-wife, her new partner, and the former couple’s children. The Court did not find these terms appropriate …

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Woman Sentenced to 60 Days in Jail After Falsely Accusing Ex-Husband of Attempted Rape and Domestic Violence

An Ontario woman, who falsely accused her ex-husband of a number of violent acts including attempted rape and domestic violence, has been sentenced to jail time. The woman claimed that her ex-husband broke into her apartment, threw her onto her bed, choked her repeatedly, threatened to kill her, and attempted to rape her several times. …

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Common Law Partners and Joint Tenancy

An Ontario court recently ordered that a man who was found to have gifted his former common-law spouse a 50% interest in the home they had lived in together had to either buy out the former spouse’s half interest, or the home had to be sold and profits divided equally if he wanted to resolve …

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Disobeying Court Orders and Non-Disclosure of Documents in Child Support Proceedings

An Ontario judge recently ordered that a father pay almost $25,000 for failing to disclose relevant financial information in a child support dispute within a reasonable period of time. What Happened? The former couple met in 1981 when they were both 19 years old, and were in a common-law relationship for approximately four years, resulting …

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Judge Criticizes Father Who Submitted “Sexts” Sent by Mother as Evidence in Custody Dispute

The Ontario Superior Court recently addressed the question, “Do nude pictures of parents help judges decide who should get custody?”. Justice Pazaratz answered in the negative and criticized a father for attaching series of nude selfies of his ex-spouse to an affidavit that he filed in support of his motion for a custody change. The …

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