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Published on: 21 Dec 2022 By

Step-parents: Will you have a child support obligation?

Families come in all shapes and sizes. Today, blended families are common, and many people find themselves becoming step-parents to their new spouse’s children. Whether they are married or in a common-law relationship, step-parents may be surprised to learn that upon separation they may be t…

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Published on: 15 Dec 2022 By

How does a second family impact child support?

After a separation, it is not uncommon for one or both spouses to move on to a new romantic relationship, have new biological children or take on the role of a step-parent. This is sometimes referred to as a “second family”. Having a second family can create new financial obligations, and th…

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Published on: 5 Oct 2022 By

Divorce Act amendments: duties for parents and lawyers

A number of significant changes were made to the Divorce Act, which impact family law litigants, specifically divorced parents and separated spouses with children. These amendments to the Divorce Act took effect on March 1, 2021. Divorce Act changes explained: Duties for parents The duties t…

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Published on: 24 May 2022 By

If we separate, will I get my down payment on the house back?

Let’s assume you and your spouse, whether common-law or married, own your home as joint tenants and you each paid an equal amount towards the down payment. If that’s the case, then if you separate you will each get your half of the down payment back when you sell the home and split the net...

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Published on: 30 Mar 2022 By

Who gets the pet during separation or divorce?

So, you’ve just separated from your partner and now face the daunting task of deciding who will get to keep the beloved family pet. In some situations, the matter is resolved without much consideration for family law in Ontario. Sometimes the party that brought a pet into the relationship ca…

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Published on: 19 Jan 2022 By

Does a father have unequal rights to parent?

In family law, there is a long-held misconception that mothers will be favoured over fathers for decision-making responsibility (custody) and parenting time (access). Back in the 1950s, courts firmly held that young children should spend the majority of time with their mother in what was cal…

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Published on: 22 Dec 2021 By

So, you want to settle your family law case?

Family law disputes can be especially challenging for the couple involved. They are never easy. Often, the participants are parents who share children. Sometimes, they are shareholders who share a business. The point is that there is a lot at stake. The issues are very personal and there is …

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Published on: 31 Aug 2021 By

New rules for mobility and relocation for parents

Mobility or relocation is an issue that commonly arises for clients. The client may want to move for an employment opportunity, a new relationship, etc. So what are your rights and responsibility’s with respect to the issue of mobility when you have a child? The rules regarding to a parent’s…

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