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How does the matrimonial home factor into your divorce?

Ontario divorce law provides that divorcing spouses’ property will be divided down the middle so that each party receives an equal share of assets. The idea is simple, but the reality is that property division in Ontario is far more complex than a 50-50 split, especially with regard to the matrimonial home. Because each spouse is entitled to any increase in the value of matrimonial…

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…

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…

Understanding the importance of the matrimonial home in divorce

If you’re going through a contentious divorce, and if the amount of time you spend with your children and your right to keep certain items of matrimonial property are in question, then the whole ordeal is undoubtedly taking an emotional toll. You need someone on your side who can protect your legal interests so that you can focus your energies on getting through this difficult…

Property division concerns for divorcing boomers in Ontario

You may have seen the reports in recent years: the rate of divorce among baby boomers has risen significantly and appears to be still on the rise. According to Statistics Canada, in the 30 years leading up to 2011, the percentage of separated or divorced seniors who were 65 or older rose from 4 per cent to 12 per cent. However, for many boomers, the…

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