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Spouses are ‘separated’ when one person in the relationship has withdrawn from the relationship without any reasonable prospect of reconciliation or resumption of cohabitation.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.

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.

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

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January 8, 2018
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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.

Welcome, Jenna Preston!

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December 22, 2017
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The Family Law Practice Group at Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP is pleased to announce new member of the team, associate lawyer Jenna Preston.

Marta Siemiarczuk’s Article Series in the Law Times

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December 6, 2017
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Outside of her family law practice, Marta Siemiarczuk has also been busy this year writing a series of articles for legal newspaper Law Times. Looking at cases from the Ontario Court of Appeal, Marta explored everything from retirement to marriage contracts.