What is the difference between being separated and being divorced?

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May 7, 2019
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Spouses are ‘separated’ when one person in the relationship has withdrawn from the relationship without any reasonable prospect of reconciliation or resumption of cohabitation. This means that you can be married and separated at the same time. In fact, in almost all cases, you have to have been separated from your spouse for at least one year before you can divorce. A divorce legally ends the marriage and allows former spouses to remarry.

I have a mental illness. Will this impact my custody or access claim?

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March 22, 2019
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One in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness in any given year. Roughly eight percent of adults will have major depression at some point in their lives, and anxiety disorders affect around five percent of the household population.

Welcome, Ira Marcovitch and Emma Costain!

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August 20, 2018
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The Family Law Practice Group at Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP is pleased to announce two new members of the team, associate lawyers Ira Marcovitch and Emma Costain.

Bill C-78 – Modernizing Family Law in Canada

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May 25, 2018
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What is Bill C-78 and how does it update divorce law in Canada? Our latest Family Law blog post looks at the introduction of this bill, and what changes it proposes to family law legislation.

Separating love from business: Legal tips on how to manage your assets alongside family life

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May 7, 2018
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The balance between life and work has long been a struggle for professionals. And things tend to become all the more complicated when assets – whether in the form of company shares, investments, real estate or otherwise – are brought into the equation. While most people don’t enter into a romantic partnership planning for it to end, breakups nevertheless do happen. And when not managed properly, they can be financially devastating.