Upcoming Changes to the Canadian Divorce Act

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.

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How Can Prior Criminal Convictions Affect Your Child Custody Case?

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:

Sole custody
With sole custody,

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Communication Between Parents After a Divorce

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?

A parenting plan is a document that outlines how a couple will parent their children after separation or divorce.

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What to do if you need a divorce lawyer and have no money?

If you are in the middle of a divorce, you may need the help of a divorce lawyer. But what should you do if you need a divorce lawyer and do not have the money to retain their services? If you are in Toronto, you may still be able to access legal assistance in your divorce, even if you have financial constraints.

Check with Legal Aid Ontario

If you fall in a low-income bracket,

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Differentiating a Common-Law Union From Marriage in Family Law

In the past, marriage was the most popular option for couples who intended to spend their lives with each other. Nowadays, other arrangements are becoming more and more common. One alternative that many couples choose is a common-law union. There are many similarities between a common-law union and a marriage. However, a marriage and a common-law relationship are recognized in different ways by family law in Toronto when deciding certain matters. If your relationship is thriving,

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Can You Use a Mediator to File For a Divorce?

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.

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