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Distribution of Property in Ontario: The Basics

Distribution of Property in Ontario: The Basics Distribution of property in Ontario is not as simple as people believe it to be.  Sometimes, people have the misconception that each asset or debt shared between married spouses is looked at separately and divided equally.  The law in Ontario, however, takes a more global approach to property …

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Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative Divorce The vast majority of divorce cases in Ontario are settled outside of court and collaborative law is attracting considerable attention as a proactive and humane divorce settlement option. Proponents of collaborative law tout that collaborative law is faster, cheaper and nicer than traditional divorce. This helps everyone in the process…especially the children. It …

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Arbitration

Arbitration is an option that involves a third party called an arbitrator. Arbitrators, unlike mediators, act like a “judge,” as they are professionals trained to hear testimony, take evidence, and issue actual decisions for the couple. As in mediation, you and your spouse usually both hire experienced divorce lawyers to help with the arbitration process …

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Child Support: The Details

Child Support: The Details In Ontario the Child Support Guidelines are used to calculate and determine the monthly child support amounts paid by one parent to the other for the benefit of the child(ren).  Parents are legally obligated to support all of their dependent children. This is required as long as the child is a …

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Child Support: The Basics

Child Support: The Basics In Ontario the Child Support Guidelines are used to calculate and determine the monthly child support amounts paid by one parent to the other for the benefit of the child(ren).  Parents are legally obligated to support all of their dependent children. This is required as long as the child is a …

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Child Support Guidelines Commentary

Child Support Guidelines Commentary What are the Child Support Guidelines? The Child Support Guidelines were introduced by the Federal government in 1997 (later amended in 2006 and again in 2012) and were later adopted by the province of Ontario. The Guidelines provide rules and tables to help calculate the support a parent, who does not have …

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Books That Make Divorce Easier for Kids

Here is a selection of books that make divorce easier for kids. Many of our clients have found them helpful. Starred selections are rated as top choices. * My Family’s Changing: A First Look at Family Break Up (First Look at Books) By: Pat Thomas, Lesley Harker (Illustrator) When Mom and Dad Divorce: An Elf …

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Child Custody: The Details

Be sure to speak with your divorce lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that the best interests of your child/ren are addressed and that your rights are protected. Custody refers to the right to make major decisions about your child/ren. When one parent has sole custody, that parent alone makes all major decisions about the …

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Navigating Court Procedures in Ontario

Navigating the courts in Ontario can be a complex process. This guide offers some insight into divorce procedures in Ontario. With the possible exception of the court papers required to obtain an absolute divorce, the procedure for drafting, filing and serving most other litigation documents is extremely complex and fraught with legal peril to be …

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Parenting Coordinators

It is no surprise that a hard-fought custody battle between two parents can become unfriendly, at best.  One of the small ironies of this is that it is rarely the big, life-altering issues that cause the greatest amount of conflict. Parents are more likely to argue over where they will meet to exchange the child/ren or whether one can …

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