If you are thinking of filing for a divorce in 2020, you should know that there are upcoming changes to the Divorce Act. Most of these changes are aimed at better protecting the interests and rights of children.
Coming July 1, 2020, the following changes will be in effect:Criteria for a child’s best interests
With the amendments to the act, the courts will use specific considerations to decide the best interests of each child of divorced parents.» Read more about: Upcoming Changes to the Canadian Divorce Act » Read more 7 mins read
Stress can affect a person’s ability to think clearly, and one of the most stressful circumstances some will ever experience is a divorce. If you are in the process of filing for a divorce, although it may be challenging, it is crucial that you put emotions aside to focus on important matters such as your financial affairs.
Here are some things you should do to ensure you make wise financial decisions when going through a divorce:1. » Read more about: Seven Things to Remember When Managing Your Finances During a Divorce » Read more 6 mins read
If you are going through a divorce, and you have a child, one of your primary concerns will be child custody. If you are unable to reach a custody agreement with your former spouse, you will need to go through the court system for the matter to be decided.Types of custody arrangements
There are four types of custody arrangements that may be enforced by court order:
With sole custody,
After a divorce, you may want to have little to no interaction with your ex-spouse. While in some cases, you may be able to cease all contact with a former spouse, that should be a last resort when children are involved. To ensure the proper care of your children, you may need to co-parent with your ex-spouse. A parenting plan may prove helpful in that regard.How does a parenting plan help? » Read more about: Communication Between Parents After a Divorce » Read more 5 mins read
If you are going through a divorce, you may be exploring alternative dispute resolution methods. One option that you may have come across in your search is mediation. Can you finalize the terms of your divorce in mediation? The short answer is yes. However, whether mediator will be effective is dependent on the circumstances surrounding your divorce.What is mediation?
During mediation, you and your spouse will meet with a divorce mediator whose aim is to help you resolve your issues without going to court.» Read more about: Can You Use a Mediator to File For a Divorce? » Read more 5 mins read
In many cases, parents cannot agree about what custody and access arrangements are appropriate for their children. It is not uncommon for one or both parents to make allegations about the other party’s parenting capacity and ability to satisfy the needs of their child or children.
Section 30 (1) of the Children’s Law Reform Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.12, provides as follows: “The court before which an application is brought in respect of custody of or access to a child,» Read more about: Custody and Access Assessments » Read more 8 mins read