How is property divided after Divorce in Ontario?

The division of property after a divorce is often a contentious issue between former spouses, particularly if there is no marriage contract or prenuptial agreement. Expectations sometimes run counter to a spouse’s actual property entitlement, which leads to uncertainty.

What is classified as property?

The property, in this case, includes assets, debts accumulated throughout the marriage, joint bank accounts, pensions, real estate and business property.

Ontario family law states that the value of any property or asset acquired during a marriage that is still in existence at the time of divorce must be shared equally between spouses.

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The Impact of Domestic Violence on Child Custody Cases

Child custody is one of the most important decisions in a divorce or common-law separation. Besides establishing parental responsibilities, it sets the tone for how well a child re-adjusts after his or her family situation has changed. Most families can amicably settle on child custody arrangements, for others, it’s a matter for the courts to decide.

Court cases are complicated enough, as judges must decide on the best custodial circumstances for the child.

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How to Prepare for an Initial Consultation with a Divorce Lawyer

Planning for marriage usually doesn’t involve planning for its demise. However, approximately 38 percent of Canadian marriages end in divorce, with the average marriage today lasting seven years.

If you are going through a divorce, one of the most important steps is finding the right lawyer.

Your first meeting with a divorce lawyer is an extremely important yet stressful event. Many individuals experience a range of emotions while going through a divorce,

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Does Child Support Affect Spousal Support?

Child support and spousal support are financial obligations that outlast the term of a marriage or common-law union. In divorces or separations that include children, child and spousal support are inextricably linked.

What is Spousal Support?

Spousal support or alimony is money paid by one spouse to another after a divorce or separation, per an agreement or court order. It is usually paid monthly, but can also be paid as a lump sum.

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Child Support for School Expenses

Once you and your former spouse have agreed on where your child or children will live and how they will be cared for after a divorce, you will need to determine child support. Child support is paid by the parent that spends the least amount of time with the child to the one who cares for the child most of the time.

The Family Law Act of Ontario states that every parent is legally obligated to provide support for their dependent children.

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How to Prepare for a Divorce

No one enters into a marriage planning to get a divorce. But unfortunately, almost 50 percent of marriages today end that way.

While divorce is a difficult task to undertake, once you have decided that this is the best course of action, you can alleviate much of the stress associated with the process through proper preparation. If you or your spouse has decided to put an end to your marriage, there are certain steps that you should take to protect yourself,

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