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Weekly family law blog covering all types of family law related issues such as divorce, separation, same-sex marriage, common law, custody, support and many others.
2022-06-24 14:25
You may have gone into your divorce believing that you would be free of your narcissistic partner.  Unfortunately, that is not always the way things happen, and your ex’s behavio… Read More
2022-03-31 16:44
Divorce is notorious for being one of the most difficult times in a person’s life.  The process is emotionally taxing and rarely simple.  Unfortunately, the division of asset… Read More
2022-03-30 15:29
Family violence has not historically been recognized as a civil tort, but recently in the matter of Ahluwalia v. Ahluwalia, 2022 ONSC 1303 [Ahluwalia], Justice Mandhane of the Ontario Superi… Read More
2022-03-04 15:00
Children of divorced or divorcing parties may be exposed to some form of Parental Alienation. One parent (or sometimes a third party in a child’s life) may attempt to undermine an in… Read More
2021-12-14 12:27
Divorcing From a Narcissist: What You Need to Know The process of a divorce is never easy. Not on you, not on your spouse, and of course, not on your children. This is true even with the si… Read More
2021-11-25 11:53
Children undergo many changes in their lives that can have a profound impact on their development and psyche. Events such as going to school for the first time, the death of a pet, moving t… Read More
2021-11-25 10:15
The family is the rock on which you build your life. You do everything you can to protect your family, and it seems nothing else can be more important. When everything is going well, your f… Read More
2021-11-24 11:39
Some family law cases proceed without a hitch. The court expects all parties to complete their case before the decision-making process.  All parties should be able to present their case… Read More
2021-11-02 10:33
Each year, thousands of children are told their parents are going to divorce. Of course, no one goes into a marriage thinking that it will end, and no one willingly has children just to put… Read More
2021-10-16 11:43
A divorce is always difficult for everyone involved, especially if there are children. The emotional impact of a failed marriage is unavoidable, even when the separation is amicable. Howeve… Read More
2021-10-16 09:29
In divorce proceedings, the court usually awards child custody to one of the parents. This limits the other parent to only having visitation rights.  In some cases, both parents are ab… Read More
2021-10-16 09:16
A contentious relationship between spouses or partners after divorce or separation can often lead to getting back at each other. In cases where there are children involved, custody usually… Read More
2021-10-06 16:24
In 2020, roughly 2.71 million people filed for a legal divorce in Canada. The number has been steadily rising since 2000, when 1.88 million people filed for divorce in the country. With the… Read More
2021-09-30 16:26
The process of getting a divorce can be taxing in several ways, starting from the time you first consider making that choice for yourself and your family. Emotionally, this is a life choice… Read More
Divorce During COVID-19
2021-08-23 11:03
Divorce may sound straightforward, but it’s not easy for a couple to decide to end their marriage. Both parties often spend a lot of time addressing problems before deciding to file a… Read More
Mistakes To Avoid When Writing A Will
2021-08-16 06:14
Everyone must have a proper will so we can provide guidance to the people we leave behind. A proper will allows your loved ones to carry out your last wishes correctly and without… Read More
2021-08-12 07:56
Divorce and business ownership are probably two of the things that are farthest from the minds of couples who recently got married. However, if you and your spouse are running a business tog… Read More
Cancelling Child Support
2021-08-12 07:29
If you want to learn how to cancel child support, you should first understand what it is and what it covers in Toronto, Ontario. Child support is money paid by one parent to another as assi… Read More
5 Signs Your Spouse Is A Narcissist
2021-07-30 19:57
It’s a story heard far too often – the relationship was a dream until the marriage, and then the true colours started to appear. Sometimes this can refer to simple things such a… Read More
2021-07-26 05:14
Many of the words utilized in family law practice are foreign to someone who’s just starting the divorce process. Here are a few popular Family law terms and definitions for those who… Read More
Tips For Single Father Parenting
2021-07-26 05:09
Single parents, particularly single fathers, face several problems. Children of single parents frequently witness emotions that they wouldn’t see if their parents shared a home. Wheth… Read More
An Overview On Family Law Court Orders
2021-07-26 05:01
Family is the basis for society, but sometimes things can get very tough within families too. This is why the family law courts are there. They are the final arbiter when things get too comp… Read More
2021-07-19 05:18
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all individuals, families, and businesses. Whether you’ve lost a loved one or lost your job, this virus has impacted different aspects of people&rsqu&hell…Read More
Is Social Media Safe For Your Kids?
2021-07-15 05:24
Are you struggling to find balance between providing your kids with the best and latest things in life while trying to save your children from being swallowed by the trends and demands of so… Read More
Warning Signs Of Domestic Violence
2021-06-24 05:45
Domestic violence isn’t often as clear as it appears. Domestic violence is about dominating someone’s thoughts and emotions just as much as it is about injuring them physically… Read More
How To Help A Victim Of Domestic Violence
2021-06-22 06:25
If you know or believe that someone you care about is a victim of domestic abuse, you may want to help them but are unsure of what you can do. Don’t let your fear of saying anything in… Read More
Benefits Of A Marriage Contract
2021-06-21 05:15
A marriage contract in Canada could mean two things. First, it is a prenuptial agreement which is a contract entered into in contemplation of marriage. Second, it is a postnuptial agreement… Read More
Grandmother Seeks Interim Access To Child
2021-04-22 16:08
While it’s true that most decisions related to custody and access of children involve one of the children’s parents, there are sometimes other parties who may pursue access to a… Read More
2021-03-26 12:45
In most decisions related to access to children, the parties involved are one of the parents of the child. However, as seen in a recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, t… Read More
Changes To Divorce Act Come Into Force
2021-03-12 16:58
Previously announced changes to the Divorce Act have recently come into effect which will impact married parties across Canada (common-law and relationships outside of marriage are governed… Read More
The Importance Of Following COVID-19 Rules
2020-12-31 13:53
We’ve been spending the holidays blogging about importance considerations for parents during the holiday season. Last week we blogged about preparing children for why this year might l… Read More
Child Support And Claims For Undue Hardship
2020-12-09 14:00
What happens when one party seeks to impute income to the other party for the purposes of calculating child support? In a recent decision, the court considered that very question when a moth… Read More
Marriage Contracts And Limitation Periods
2020-11-11 14:00
Are marriage contracts subject to a limitation period? In a recent case, the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) grappled with this very question. In the end, the father’s request to set asi… Read More
Parties Disagree Over Ownership Of Home
2020-11-05 17:19
When separated or divorced parents find new partners and establish a long-term relationship, a blended family is formed. Oftentimes, the finances of such a relationship can be complicated du… Read More
Terminating Spousal Support
2020-09-30 13:00
What constitutes a “material change in circumstances” when it comes to a party’s request to terminate spousal support? In a recent case, the Ontario Court of Appeal conside… Read More
The Difficulty Of Unscrambling An Egg
2020-08-12 15:34
When separated or divorced parents live in different countries, it can be difficult to manage things such as child custody & access. In a recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court… Read More
Virtual Access During COVID-19
2020-07-22 13:00
If the COVID-19 pandemic hit at a different time, parents would not have the option of exercising access virtually. Thankfully, modern technology provides parents with a myriad of ways of in… Read More
Court Orders Sale Of Matrimonial Home
2020-07-16 14:13
Upon the breakdown of a marriage through separation or divorce, what happens to the matrimonial home can be one of the more difficult issues to navigate. Not only can there be a great deal o… Read More

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