Matrimonial Home: Special Asset for Married Spouses

Any property used by married spouses at the date of separation as a family home is a “matrimonial home” under the Family Law Act. A matrimonial home is special and treated differently than any other property belonging to married spouses.  The definition of a matrimonial home is set out in section 18 of the Family …

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Thinking About a Marriage Contract or Cohab?

There are many issues to consider when deciding whether to marry or move in with a partner.  One of them is whether or not you want or need a domestic contract.  The following are some thoughts on these kinds of contracts to assist you in your decision. Many people are afraid of marriage contracts or …

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Protecting Gifts and Inheritances in Family Law

  In Ontario, marriages are deemed to be a form of economic partnership. As such, at the end of the marriage, under Ontario law, the spouses have a right to share in the wealth generated during the marriage. This is accomplished by a process called equalization under the Family Law Act (“FLA”). Equalization is a …

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See Spot Divorce: Who Gets the Family Dog?

“The dog is man’s best friend.” (Ogden Nash)“ “The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” (Charles de Gaulle) “Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.”(Dean Koontz) People love their dogs. Dogs are treasured members of the family. Some people even …

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Do you need a marriage contract?

June is upon us. I understand from Modern Bride magazine that June is the most popular month for weddings. Unfortunately, it is not the most popular month for marriage contracts. But why? These two should go hand in hand but most couples still marry without a marriage contract. WHY? I find it is because people …

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