Separation Agreements

What is a Separation Agreement and the Benefits of a Separation Agreement?

A Separation Agreement is a private contract made between separating spouses, or common law partners, in an effort to resolve property, support, or parenting issues. Due to the fact that these issues can be quite complicated, they can have a major and long-term impact on your rights and obligations.  Therefore, consulting with a lawyer to […]

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Date of marriage

Date of marriage

For many clients entering our offices, the date of marriage may seem like a distant memory, or perhaps a day they would prefer not to remember at all. But no matter how much you may want to forget it, your marriage date remains significant in the eyes of the law. When two people enter into […]

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Uncontested Divorce-

Uncontested Divorce

A divorce is recognized when there has been a breakdown of marriage which occurs when the parties have been separated for at least one year or where the party filing the application proves that their spouse has committed cruelty or adultery. However, if none of these things have occurred but both you and your spouse […]

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Separation Agreements

Separation Agreements

A Separation Agreement is a private contract made between separating spouses, or common law partners, in an effort to resolve property, support, or parenting issues. Due to the fact that these issues can be quite complicated, they can have a major and long-term impact on your rights and obligations.  Therefore, consulting with a lawyer to […]

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What does it mean to “cohabit”

What does it mean to “cohabit”

First, for couples who are NOT married, Ontario’s Family Law Act sets out various rights and obligations that apply to couples who have been “cohabiting” for three years or more, or if who have been cohabiting for less time but have a child together. The main right these spouses become entitled to is spousal support. […]

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Mandatory Information Program

Mandatory Information Program

Mandatory Information Programs (also known as MIP) are available at family court locations across Ontario. I present the MIP for Newmarket Court House along with other family lawyers and our role is to provide attendees with information about separation/divorce and the legal process, including: The effects of separation and divorce on adults and children; Alternatives […]

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mobility clause

Importance of Mobility Clause in An Agreement

A separation agreement is a legally binding agreement between two spouses which addresses the issues of property, support, access and custody.  One vital clause that is occasionally overlooked in a separation agreement is the issue of mobility. It is very important that the issue of mobility is addressed in a separation agreement. Mobility involves the […]

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Section 7 Expenses

Section 7 Expenses

Section 7 of the Federal Child Support Guidelines (Guidelines) specifically addresses those “special or extraordinary expenses” which the basic monthly child support or table amount does not include.  Section 7 outlines the categories of special or extraordinary expenses which include: child care expenses incurred as a result of the custodial parent’s employment, illness, disability or […]

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parent plan

3 Things Every Parenting Plan Should Have

A parenting plan is a useful document all separated spouses should have as part of their parenting arrangement. These plans outline parents’ respective rights and the extent of their involvement with their children. They are more than mere time-splitting schedules; parenting plans are a contract between parents about childrearing and provide consistent structure in kids’ […]

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travel consent

Travel Consent

A travel consent applies to a child who is either traveling alone, with only one parent/guardian, friends, relatives or a group (e.g. sports, school, musical, religious). Although there is no Canadian legal requirement for children to carry a travel consent, a travel consent may be requested by immigration authorities when a child is traveling abroad. […]

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