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An Overview of the Child’s Best Interests in Family Law

We spoke with Gabrielle Pop-Lazic, a Toronto family lawyer with Gelman & Associates, on the subject of the child’s best interests in family law in Ontario.  Please note that this article is intended as an introductory overview, and not intended to be taken as legal advice. For legal advice regarding a child’s best interests with …

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How Does Spousal Support Work in Ontario?

We spoke with Paul Slan, family lawyer and Director of Professional Development at Gelman & Associates, about spousal support in Ontario. Please note that the following is not intended to be taken as legal advice, but rather as a general overview on a legal topic. If you are seeking legal advice regarding a spousal support …

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How Does a Business Get Divided During a Divorce in Ontario?

We spoke with Lisa Gelman, founder of Gelman & Associates, about the process of dividing a business during a divorce in Ontario. For over 20 years, Gelman & Associates have been helping individuals with family law matters including business and corporation owners. Please note that the answers are not intended to act as legal advice, …

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When Should You Get a Prenuptial Agreement

It’s becoming more common for couples to explore the idea of entering into a pre-nuptial agreement: a domestic contract that is entered into prior to the marriage. However, many couples still see getting a pre-nuptial agreement as setting the marriage up for failure as you are basically planning what is going to happen upon the …

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Choosing the Right Mediator for Your Separation

When you’re going through a separation, having the right mediator can make all the difference in the experience you have and how conflict is resolved between you and your soon-to-be former spouse. Not every mediator will be the right one for you, but there are a few things you can do to help you choose …

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Can you get a divorce without your spouse’s consent?

Any divorce can be stressful and emotionally draining. But they can be especially difficult and even intimidating if one of the partners refuses to let go of the marriage. If you are in a marriage where there is any abuse and your partner refuses to change, the marriage can quickly fall apart, but getting your …

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Things to Consider When Filling Our Your Divorce Application in Ontario

Written by: Carolyn Chambers  The following article is legal information and not legal advice. Should you require legal advice on your family law issue, please contact us to book a free consultation appointment.  If you want to proceed to obtain a Divorce, you need to complete Form 8A: Application (Divorce).  This is the form you …

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Who Gets The Pets During a Divorce in Ontario

Written by: Galia Amoils  Treating your pet as if they were part of the family has become the status quo in North American homes. However, in the context of divorce, what do the Courts have to say on the subject? HOW COURTS VIEW PETS IN FAMILY LAW MATTERS Justice R.W. Danyliuk of the Court of …

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Can Spouses Be Awarded Damages for Spousal Abuse and/or Domestic Violence During a Marriage?

Written by: Annette Nyland  The short answer is yes, but the decision allowing spouses to be awarded damages for abuse and/or domestic violence is being appealed. The Divorce Act was amended in March 2021 and the definition of family violence now includes “a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour” and conduct that “causes the plaintiff …

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What is an Uncontested Divorce?

Written by: Jessica Lipton  DISCLAIMER – This article contains legal information, not legal advice. If you are looking for advice about your particular matter, please contact our office at 1-844-769-0737 to book a free consultation appointment.  An uncontested divorce is a court proceeding where the parties are mutually seeking a divorce, and have agreed on …

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