Toronto Divorce Advice, Tips & Resources

The importance of creating a fair separation agreement

When most couples decide to end their marriage the matter is not immediately resolved. Usually there is a period of time before filing for divorce that the couple lives apart. During that time couples who know for sure that they do not want to stay together, may start to work through some of the issues that need to be addressed. Depending on the specifics of the situation, the couple could need to address the following: What will happen to the marital home Who will care…

What is a cohabitation agreement and how might it work for us?

For many couples in Canada, marriage has lost its appeal. As a result, some couples decide to live together, without an actual ceremony. While they may feel as though they are married, should they decide to end the relationship, they will likely quickly be reminded that they are in fact not married. This is because common-law couples who cohabitate do not have the same rights as those who are married and divorcing. For example, when a married couple in Ontario divorces the net family property…

How a marriage contract could impact property division in divorce

When a couple in the Toronto, area, decides to marry, there are many decisions to make. While the primary focus may be on what will be worn and what food will be served, some couples look farther into the future to address how they want their assets to be divided should their union come to an end prematurely. These individuals could memorialize their decisions in a prenuptial agreement. Also referred to a marriage contract, the use of these agreements is permitted under the Family Law…

Determining whether a common-law marriage exists

When a long-term relationship comes to an end, the assets the couple shares often need to be divided. This is true regardless of the whether the couple was ever married. While some items are easy to divide, if a couple that has a common-law marriage, the matter may be complicated. Before the assets can be divided, however, it must first be established that the couple does in fact have a common-law marriage. There is not a specific test that can be applied to determine this,…

The "Ashley Madison" Divorce

The Ontario based adultery website, AshleyMadison.com, has recently been the victim of a cyberattack that has grabbed the attention of many news media outlets. The hackers have threatened to publish the confidential customer information of the website’s users – many have raised the spectre of a spike in divorce rates if this threat is carried out. What do such revelations of adultery really mean for divorce in Ontario? First, we live in an era of “no fault divorce” – what this means is that you…

Take steps to protect retirement during a divorce

In most cases the divorce process is a trying time in someone’s life. This is usually true regardless of the age of the parties divorcing, the assets they have accumulated and whether children are involved. While every divorce is of course different, there are some generalities that can be applied to certain demographics of divorcing couples. For example, while couples with young children may be primarily focused on who will have custody and determining child support, older couples may be more concerned about the division…

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