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What will qualify as extraordinary expenses under family law?

When there are children involved in an Ontario divorce, the court will typically determine who will be responsible for child support and the amount that must be paid. However, under family law, any one of the parents may ask for extraordinary expenses in addition to the basic child support under Federal Guidelines. To qualify as such, expenses must be necessary for protecting the best interests of the child while also being reasonable -- considering the financial means of both parents and their lifestyle before they separated.

Family law: Spousal support is not always enforceable

When negotiating a divorce settlement in Ontario, careful consideration must be given to aspects like spousal support. Family law in each jurisdiction can differ when it comes to enforcement of spousal support. If the party responsible for payment relocates, it might be impossible to get the support on which the other party relies.

Family law: Census results show changes in family dynamics

More than a year ago, 35 million residents of Canada, including those in Ontario, took part in a census of which Statistics Canada recently published the detailed analysis. One of the most significant observations is that there has been a significant shift in the dynamics of family life nationwide. Due to these changes, issues related to family law may also become more diverse, and new challenges may arise for families and the courts.

Alienated grandparents have rights under Ontario family law

It is said that about 75,000 grandparents in Ontario have no or limited access to their grandchildren. A bill was recently passed in the province that modifies existing family law to allow grandparents to apply for custody or access to grandchildren. The court will expect the applying grandparents to prove that such access will be in the children's best interests.

Family law orders reach across provincial borders

It is said that one cannot run away from trouble, because there isn't anywhere far enough away. Certainly one cannot escape from a family law order simply by leaving the province of issue. A court-ordered obligation will follow a person wherever he or she goes in Canada, and is enforceable in any district. A former resident of Ontario may soon learn the full extent to which one can be punished for shirking a judge's order.

MPP presents bill to amend child support rules in Family Law Act

There are times when the law fails to accommodate certain groups of people. When this happens, there are those who will challenge the exclusion, and others who seek to fix the problem. The story of an Ontario mom fighting for child support and the politician who wants to change the Family Law Act perfectly illustrates such an occasion.

Under family law, delinquent support payers may face trouble

While no one can force a non-custodial parent to be a part of his or her child's life, the same is not true for any financial obligations agreed upon, or ordered by the court. Family law in Ontario is set up to provide for the welfare of children after a divorce, separation or even if the parents were never together. Failure to uphold one's responsibilities may have consequences.

Adopting a child is complex and lengthy

Adopting a child is one way that some people opt to enlarge their family. When you want to adopt a child, you will have to go through a specific process in order to do so. This process is to ensure that the child who is being adopted is placed in a suitable and stable family environment.

Common law relationships aren't the same as marriages

The end of a relationship is a rough time for anyone. If you have been in a common-law relationship and the relationship ends, you might want to know your rights. It is important to know that you don't have the same rights as a married couple, so you shouldn't turn to divorce law to determine what might happen. We understand that you likely have some questions that you need answered. We are here to help you get answers that allow you to make decisions about the end of the relationship.

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