Monthly Archives: October 2014

Protecting your rights with a fair Ontario divorce agreement

In negotiating to settle a divorce in Ontario, the objective is to arrive at a written agreement that protects your rights now and in the future. You don’t want surprises regarding your children, finances or the matrimonial home. To eliminate uncertainties, the proper mechanisms should be built into the language of the agreement so that it will be enforceable in court and other areas of…

How is the equalization payment calculated in an Ontario divorce?

Each province in Canada has its own laws regarding the division of matrimonial property at divorce. In Ontario, the Family Law Act is the applicable law for dividing property between divorcing spouses. The law provides that each spouse can keep his or her own property, but any increase in property value during the course of the marriage will be shared between the parties. When a…

Choose wisely when buying or selling the matrimonial home in divorce

If you are going through divorce, and depending on your particular situation, it may be in your best interest to buy your spouse’s share of the matrimonial home. However, Ontario law does not provide for the express legal right of one spouse to buy the matrimonial home from the other. A divorce lawyer with experience in these matters can explain your options and help ensure that…

What documents are needed to get or change a child support order?

Many divorcing or separating parents need help making child support arrangements. The Child Support Guidelines provide parents with a way to calculate the appropriate support amount based on the paying parent’s income and the number of children to be supported. To make or change an order for child support, the court will need certain income-related documents from one or both parents. In Ontario, if the…

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