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Divorce in Ontario: What singles want family, friends to know

It's no great surprise that a marital breakdown changes the family dynamic. Divorce affects everyday life, not only of the couple, but of any children that were born to them. Divorced and single parents in Ontario go through a lot and there are times when these parents believe they always have to be strong and put on brave faces in front of their family members and friends. Many of these individuals would love their families and friends to understand a few of the things with which they must contend on a daily basis; things that others may not realize and which could make it easier for them.

First, single moms and dads don't have as much disposable income -- if any -- as their married counterparts. It's often much easier in a household with two incomes. When that's no longer the case, divorced individuals often feel financially strapped. So, when they say no to shopping sprees or nights out at the movies, they don't want people to take it personally. They also want people to know that single parenting is tough without another adult team member in the household to help.

Single parents don't have very flexible schedules either, nor are holidays that easy for them -- especially when they're newly divorced. If their divorces were contentious and they don't have the best relationship with their former spouses, those divorced want their families and friends to know that they need their support more than ever. Sometimes they need to talk things out with loved ones.

An Ontario lawyer experienced in divorce will understand what a client is going through. He or she may be able to assist a client by providing some potentially much-needed family law tools to get through rough areas. A lawyer may also be the place to find others who may be able to help stressed-out divorced parents by recommending other experts like family counsellors, financial planners or accountants.


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