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Child Support & Custody Lawyer in Toronto

MAINTAINING The Matrimonial Home, the Status Quo and the Best Interests of the Children.

Divorce is tricky to navigate at the best of times but gets much more complicated when children become involved. There are many decisions to make, such as where the children will live, how much time children will spend with each parent, and who will make major decisions about raising the children.

Children usually stay in the home after separation, at least in the short term. Leaving the matrimonial home can set a dangerous status quo where you are no longer caring for your children on a daily basis and your spouse becomes the primary caregiver. Once this arrangement is in place, it may be difficult to regain your role in your children’s day-to-day lives.

If you want to preserve your rights as a parent and ensure the best interests of your children, then the best thing to do is to stay in the matrimonial home and get experienced legal advice before proceeding further. It can be an uncomfortable arrangement for a short time but will help ensure that you don’t lose any of your rights and create the best possible living situation for your children.

The Status Quo – Impacting Child Support, CHILD CUSTODY and Spousal Support

Once the status quo is set, there is virtually an automatic entitlement to receive child support.

Often, the same spouse who stays in the home also receives spousal support, normally on the basis of an economic disadvantage suffered as the result of the divorce. This means that when a relationship breaks down, whoever ends up in the home will be on the receiving end of income, and asset division can be a challenge.

Children are innocent victims of divorce, and there is no need for them to be uprooted from their everyday lives more than necessary. A child support and custody lawyer will help to ensure that they are not caught up in the divorce and that decisions for custody and support will be made with their best interests in mind.


When children are involved in a divorce, it is best to get outside help to ensure that decisions are made in their best interests. That’s where a child support and custody lawyer comes in.

Our Toronto child support and custody lawyers will sit down with you to discuss various issues surrounding the children, such as who will have primary custody, access arrangements for the other parent, and child support payments for the spouse with primary custody. If the two parents cannot agree, then a judge will make the ultimate decision for them.


Elliot S. Birnboim, a downtown Toronto family law lawyer, has been navigating complex divorce proceedings for more than 20 years. He can help find a sensible resolution to parenting custody issues – including acting proactively to ensure that there is no unfavourable status quo set that becomes a longer-term reality.

Birnboim is a strong advocate known for achieving successful outcomes in some of the most challenging cases in Ontario divorce proceedings and across Canada. He can work toward the outcome that best protects your assets and your relationship with your children. Contact us for a free consultation to learn more.

Call us for a free consultation.

It can be challenging to navigate the various aspects of divorce, and child support and child custody are some of the most important because they have the interests of your children in mind. Let the lawyers at Matrimonial Home help you make the best arrangements for your children

There is no charge for the first meeting at our Toronto office. Call Matrimonial Home today at 1.800.648.7943 or 416-800-2573 to arrange a time or use our online contact form. Take the first step to keep your children protected.

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