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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Seven Things to Remember When Managing Your Finances During a Divorce

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:

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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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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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