Family/Matrimonial Law Archives

New Legal Developments Anticipated For Child Support In Ontario

Canada’s Divorce Act provides that disabled children are eligible for child support payments even after the age of majority and despite not attending full-time schooling. But in Ontario, such adult children are often out of luck – and for the basic fact that their parents were never married.

Domestic Contracts – Signing, Enforcing And Changing Them (Part 3 of 3)

In parts one and two of this series, we looked at different types of domestic contracts and what they typically include. This week, we close the series with a brief discussion steps the involved parties should take before finalizing the document and later, if situations change and the terms require adjusting.

Domestic Contracts: What They Can And Can’t Include (Part 2 of 3)

Romance is amazing and exciting…except when it’s not. Once a relationship becomes serious and two parties marry or begin living together, the potential for conflict and breakdown can never be discounted. Prudent couples remain aware of the risk and can take steps to protect their interests – just in case the pairing doesn’t work out in the long run. Domestic contracts offer a means for couples to create these protections for themselves.

Domestic Contracts: Making Break-Ups A Little Easier (Part 1 of 3)

When a marriage-like relationship breaks down, discussions on separation issues don’t need to descend into contentious exchanges of “I want this” and “You can’t have that”. Drafting a domestic contract can often minimize such conflict. This post is the first in a three-part series to highlight what every couple should know when creating a domestic contract.

Child Support Primer

While separating spouses may bristle at the idea of providing financial support to each other, child support is an inescapable legal obligation. Although paid by one parent to the other, financial support is a right that belongs to the child itself. Our post this week provides a crash course on the basics of child support and how it functions after a separation or divorce.

Negotiation – An Ex-Couple’s First Step For Settling Separation

Separation and divorce don’t always have to end up in acrimonious court battles. Sometimes, they both start and finish with one of history’s oldest dispute resolution methods: negotiation.

Living Common-Law (Part 3): Legal Rights Related To Property

This post is part III of a series in which we examine some of the basics that common-law couples need to know about their standing before the law. Every province has its own way of governing family relationships. In Ontario, married couples and cohabiting couples have drastically differing rights in a key area: division of property. Savvy, unmarried parties are wise to understand the rules - and to protect their financial interests well in advance of a potential separation.

Living Common-Law (Part 2): Legal Rights Related To Children

In a previous post, we began a series on the basics that common-law couples need to know about their rights and responsibilities under family law. This second post looks at the one area in which cohabiting couples are treated no differently from married couples after a separation. This involves key issues pertaining to children.

Court Exempts Man From Supporting Child Of Adultery

Biology and behaviour are two key determining factors for child support obligations. Father a child or step into the role of parent and upon separation, a court may order an individual to share financially in raising the child. In one recent decision, an Ontario man was absolved of responsibility despite assuming a fatherly role for a child he later discovered was not his own. It’s a case that could spark lively discussion on the complexity of finding the optimal intersection between an adult’s financial obligations and the best interests of children of divorce.

Living Together: Top-Down View Of Cohabiting Couples’ Rights In Ontario

When Stats Canada first started collecting data on common-law living back in 1981, these families represented only 5.6% of those surveyed. Fast forward thirty years and the numbers have swelled to 16.7%. Yet, despite the growing popularity, many such couples are still not sure where they stand under the law – and that can be risky if the relationship ends. Our post this week is the first in a series about the basics that cohabiting couples need to know.

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