Gwyneth Paltrow Calls Divorce “Conscious Uncoupling”

Getting a divorce is a difficult decision for anyone to make, and arguably even more challenging when there are children involved. When actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay’s frontman Chris Martin announced they were separating after being married for 11 years, she popularized the term “conscious uncoupling” in an effort to put a positive spin on …

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Amazon Founder’s Divorce Makes Headlines

High profile divorces make for great headline fodder, but when one of the wealthiest couples in the world announce they are divorcing, discussions around the couple can really heat up. Last week, Jeff Bezos, the founder of retail giant Amazon, announced he and his wife MacKenzie were divorcing after 25 years of marriage. The couple …

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An Annulment vs. a Divorce: Which One is Appropriate?

An Ontario court recently considered the interesting question of when it may grant a party’s application to annul their marriage (instead of getting a divorce).   The Parties’ Story The parties got married on August 16, 2016. They separated on January 10, 2017. On March 9, 2018, the wife commenced an application, seeking an annulment …

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Court Asked To Determine If A Divorce Overseas Is Valid, If It Occurred At All

Canada recognized marriages and divorces in the performed in other parts of the world. However, determining whether a couple has been properly married, or in the case we are about to discuss, properly divorced, is not always an easy task. In a recent case before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the court was tasked …

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Ontario Court Considers When Imprisonment is Appropriate for Non-Payment of Support Arrears

A recent Ontario decision examined both default hearings as well as how and when a jail committal order is appropriate to enforce spousal support and child support arrears. A History of the Parties The parties divorced in 2008, after approximately 21 years of marriage. They had two children (adults at the time of the hearing …

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Why I Mediate

People often ask me why I believe in mediation. Why I mediate. I believe in mediation because, in many cases, it is a superior process to litigation and results in better outcomes for individuals and families. Self-Determination Couples going through a separation often feel powerless. Circumstances in their personal lives have gotten to the point …

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Court Awards Woman Ownership of Embryo Deemed Property in Acrimonious Divorce

In a precedent-setting decision, a Superior Court judge in Sudbury has found that a woman can use a frozen embryo purchased with her husband, while married, despite the man’s objections following their divorce. What Happened? The parties were childhood friends who, in 2009, decided to get married and have children. In February 2012, they purchased …

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What Is A Divorce Coach?

Divorce coaches are a relatively new phenomenon in the divorce/separation universe.  Coaches have been used with much success in other areas to assist individuals in achieving professional and personal goals.  There are career coaches, executive coaches, marketing coaches, life coaches, leadership coaches… the list goes on.  If you are going through separation and/or divorce, you …

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Update on proposed Divorce Act Amendments

On May 22, 2018, the federal Minister of Justice introduced Bill C-78, a Bill that proposes to amend, among other legislation, the Divorce Act; Canada’s federal family law statute governing divorce, separation and parenting. The amendments are designed to respond to the public (and the legal profession’s) desire for the law to better reflect the …

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