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Family Law Rules: Rule 1- General

CITATION 1. (1) These rules may be cited as the Family Law Rules. O. Reg. 439/07, s. 1. CASES AND COURTS TO WHICH RULES APPLY (2) These rules apply to all family law cases in the Family Court of the Superior Court of Justice, in the Superior Court of Justice and in the Ontario Court …

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Meeting with a Lawyer

Meeting with a lawyer Your first meeting with a Toronto divorce lawyer is critical. There are a few things you should think of and gather up before your first meeting. This will save time (and money) and allow your lawyer to give you a better understanding of your circumstances. 1. Think about what you have …

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Separation Agreement Anxiety

Separation Agreement Anxiety Separation is the most complex aspect of getting a divorce. You may not know the difference between the two concepts but separation and divorce are two separate events with different requirements and steps. In order to legally end your marriage in Ontario, you require both – a separation and a divorce. The …

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Mediation is very common and is used increasingly in family law; however, it is often misunderstood. Mediation allows you and your spouse to reach a mutually satisfactory settlement with the help of a neutral, third-party called a mediator. Mediators can be lawyers, mental health professionals, clergy, or other professionals trained in alternative dispute resolution techniques. …

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Domestic Violence: The Basics

A few basic points about domestic violence: 1. Don’t become a deadly statistic All too often people stay too long in a violent home. The idea of going to court, they believe, is just too much. In reality, court is better than an emergency room or worse. Each year, over 40,000 arrests result from domestic violence. This represents …

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Domestic Violence: The Details

Domestic violence is a serious issue and a serious crime. There is no particular crime for abusing your spouse, but crimes of assault, sexual assault, forcible confinement, making threats, or criminal harassment can be laid. The types of violence that are considered criminal are physical acts; psychological and emotional abuse are also extremely serious but …

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Spousal Support: The Details

Spousal Support: The Details Why spousal support? Spousal support in Ontario is premised on the view of a marriage as a financial partnership. When that partnership ends, the person with the greater income may have an obligation to pay the spouse with the lesser income. However, the law assumes that all individuals seek to be …

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Spousal Support: The Basics

Spousal Support: the basics The first important point about spousal support is that it is gender-neutral. Husbands and wives can pay and receive spousal support, and do so every day in our court system. Spousal support can be determined by agreement or by court order. Before you come to any agreement about support, you need …

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Pension Issues and Divorce

Pension Issues and Divorce Your pension, or that of your spouse, is treated the same way as any other property accumulated in the marriage. Specifically, any growth in the pension over the time you are married is split evenly between the spouses. Pensions are sometimes the most valuable asset to be divided. The problem with …

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