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

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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 »

How to Protect your Inheritance from Separation or Divorce

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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 »

Stepping Through Family Law Procedure

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November 17, 2016
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Do you have a hard time keeping track of all the procedural steps in Family Court? The truth is family law procedure (and really, all court procedure) is complicated. As a result, this post is not meant to be a comprehensive overview of all steps in the family court process. It is meant to give readers a cursory outline of the initial steps in the process when two people need the court’s help to determine the terms of their separation, including things like property division and custody issues.

How Do Common-law Couples Divide Their Property?

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April 14, 2016
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There are no legislated provisions for property division for common-law spouses. That means, when common-law couples separate, their property is divided based on ownership; that is, each party keeps what they own at the time of separation. However, common-law spouses may be able to make claims to property in certain circumstances.

When Do We Become Common-law Spouses?

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March 10, 2016
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Some of the most common questions I get asked when people find out I am a family lawyer is ‘what am I getting into by moving in with my girlfriend/boyfriend?’ or ‘when/how do we become common-law?’. They’re pretty important questions. I think one of the reasons why there is so much confusion is because this issue is legislated by the provinces, so it depends on where you live. That means my answer to these questions only applies to Ontario.

Ashley Madison and Affairs: What are the Legal Consequences of Infidelity?

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September 1, 2015
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The recent hacking of Ashley Madison, a website designed to help married people have affairs, has undoubtedly led to many relationship disruptions as spouses learn that their partners accessed the site. In trying to move forward, you might ask yourself: are there any legal consequences of my spouse’s affair?

The Domain Game: The Tall Task of Controlling Consumer Criticism in the Age of dotSucks

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June 29, 2015
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Last year, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved over 500 new ‘top-level’ domains. Although a number of them, like dotPorn and dotAdult, have stirred up controversy online for obvious reasons, none have attracted the business community’s attention quite like the recently approved dotSucks domain.

The Importance of Financial Statements

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November 27, 2014
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For common law or married spouses who are separating, a sworn Financial Statement is the most important piece of the puzzle for determining rights and obligations on a going-forward basis. Anyone who begins a court proceeding must complete a sworn financial statement, and anyone who is attempting to settle property or support issues outside of court should complete a financial statement, and should not agree to anything until their spouse has also provided a sworn financial statement. It can be a difficult and time-consuming process, but it must be done, and done properly. Here are some tips for making this process as simple as possible.