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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Who Gets Custody of a Pet After Divorce?

In Canada, pets are considered property under the law. Therefore, although pet custody is a popular expression, the legal term is pet ownership. However, in most households, pets are viewed as part of the family. They may even be affected by a divorce. While a pet cannot express their feelings, being forced to separate from any of their family members can leave your pets with separation anxiety and depression.

If you and your spouse are going through a divorce,

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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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How to Create a Separation Agreement

A separation agreement is a written contract that outlines how couples who have decided to go their separate ways will deal with their issues. Even if you and your partner agree on how you will move forward with your separation, it is still important for you to have a separation agreement in place. A separation agreement can be used by married couples and those in common-law relationships. Married couples cannot get a divorce by creating a separation agreement.

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How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce in Toronto?

If you are filing for a divorce in Toronto, you may be wondering how long it will take. The time the process will take is dependent on the circumstances of your divorce and whether it contested or uncontested. While every divorce is different, uncontested divorces are usually finalized much quicker than ones that are contested.

What is the difference between an uncontested and a contested divorce?

In an uncontested divorce, a couple agrees to a divorce as well as all the terms of the divorce.

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Steps to Take After Separating From Your Spouse

If you are separated or separating from your spouse, you may be wondering what your next steps should be. Here are some things you can do to make this transition a little easier:

1. Take a breath

Many people make decisions they later regret during or after separation because they fail to seek sound advice or take time to consider their options carefully. Instead of acting impulsively, take some time to plan and give serious thought to the decisions you must make.

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