Monthly Archives: April 2015

Being proactive can help guard against debt at divorce

For an untold number of people, divorce results in financial strain. This may be especially true for parents whose marriage is ending. Suddenly you face the costs not only of finding and paying for a new home; many, if not all, of your children’s belongings may have to be duplicated for each household. During a time when you need to be focused on emotional healing…

Each year, tens of thousands of Canadians endure the upheaval of divorce

Statistics Canada stopped collecting information strictly about divorces in 2008, but up until then the divorce trends in Canada were relatively stable. In recent decades, the annual rate of divorce has ranged from 35 per cent to 42 per cent, with the rate in 2008 being about 40 per cent. That year there were reportedly 70,226 divorces in Canada. Sadly, these numbers reflect frequent emotional…

What factors do Ontario judges consider when making spousal support decisions?

When you think of marriage, you likely think of a relationship based on emotions and shared experience. But the law views marriage differently. In Canada, provincial, territorial and federal laws treat spousal relationships as financial partnerships, and the law sets out rules for the division of matrimonial property when a spousal relationship ends. Often spousal support is one of the more complex and contentious financial…

How can domestic violence affect rights to the family home?

Domestic violence is a serious matter in Ontario family law and the Canadian Criminal Code. In addition to the impact domestic violence allegations can have on child custody and spousal support, the court may grant one spouse exclusive possession of the matrimonial home if the other spouse has committed violence or made threats of violence in the home. Even when allegations of domestic violence are…

Contentious divorce serves as cautionary tale for Ontario spouses

Not every acrimonious divorce makes headlines — most people want to keep their private lives private. But when high assets are at stake, and either of the spouses is well known, there is a risk that the general public will take a particular interest in divorce proceedings. While there is certainly no shortage of media coverage of celebrity divorces, sometimes news of such matrimonial splits…

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