Separation during Coronavirus:  Can I? Should I? What are my options?  

Blog Post
May 7, 2020
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The pandemic has changed all aspects of our lives. Many families are reporting significant increases in stress due to social isolation, confinement, financial trouble and lack of familiar resources. For many, any weaknesses in spousal relationships have been tested to the limits resulting in an increase in those considering separation and divorce. Just as COVID-19… Read more »

When Family and Business Matters Collide

Blog Post
April 20, 2020
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Are you getting married or living common-law? Maybe you’re on the other side of the relationship spectrum, and getting separated or divorced? If either you or your partner owns a business or part of one, there are some legal issues that you should know about.

So, you got engaged over the holidays. Here’s what to think of next.

Featured Content// Blog Post
January 2, 2020
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If you are one of the many people who got engaged over the holidays, a new year brings with it new beginnings – but are you prepared for the financial responsibility to your partner? Family Law lawyer Marta Siemiarczuk explains some of the things you should think about when preparing a marriage contract.

How to Protect your Inheritance from Separation or Divorce

Blog Post
December 5, 2019
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If you have received an inheritance from a loved one, chances are it was intended for you personally, and not your spouse. However, if you are not careful with what you do with the inheritance you could be required to share it with your spouse if you separate or divorce. Receiving an inheritance while married… Read more »

Common Law Pension Entitlement

Blog Post
July 31, 2019
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Read as Family Lawyer Ira Marcovitch breaks down the question of pension entitlement in a common-law relationship: I was in a common-law relationship for 13 years. We have 2 children together. He is taking out his $100,000 union pension and returning back to Ireland for good. Am I entitled to half of his pension? Entitlement… Read more »

My Former Spouse Paid Off My Student Loans – Do I Have to Pay Him Back?

Blog Post
June 4, 2019
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Read as Associate lawyer Ira Marcovitch answers the following question of student loan repayment after divorce: Before my husband and I married, I had been attending university. I convocated in May 2003 and my OSAP loans of $30,000 had to start being paid off in November 2003. We married in August 2003.My husband inherited money… Read more »

What is the difference between being separated and being divorced?

Blog Post
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?

Blog Post
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.