Family/Matrimonial Law Archives

Mediation – Neutral Facilitation For Family Law Matters

Our last post was second in a series about alternative dispute resolution (ADR) – an umbrella term for out-of-court methods for ending legal disputes. Last week, we discussed the basic principles of negotiation. This week, we move onto the next logical step that separating or divorcing parties can turn to without resorting to litigation.

Negotiation - An Underlying Foundation Of ADR

In our last post, we looked at some of the benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for resolving separation and divorce issues. In our next few posts, we examine the nuts and bolts of various out-of-court methods, starting with the most basic: negotiation.

ADR - Out-Of-Court Solutions For Separation And Divorce

If we go by the numbers uncovered last year in the U.S., then Canadian couples have just passed the summertime high season for divorce filings. With the wheels in motion on ending the relationship, families must next decide on a process to settle the associated legal matters.

Retirement - No Automatic Termination Of Spousal Support Payments

When separation and divorce issues such as spousal support are settled through written agreement or court order, they're not easily changed. If there was no pre-set provision for a periodic review and ex-spouses can't agree on an amendment, going to court is the only other option. With baby boomers now in or near retirement and grey divorce on the rise, aging ex-spouses may assume that retirement may provide relief or escape from paying up. In Ontario, such an assumption is risky.

Grandparents’ Rights: Have The Amendments Made Any Difference?

Parents and children are not the only ones impacted by separation and divorce. In the past, grandparents had nearly no legal rights that would grant them access to their grandchildren. But since December 2016, the law changed and Bill 34 became law in Ontario.

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.

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