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Ontario family law: What about the house when unmarrieds split?

Some couples who are living in a common law union are unaware of what exactly would happen if they separated. Under the Ontario Family Law Act common law spouses aren't privy to the same rules as their married counterparts are. For instance, legislation in the province doesn't exist when it comes to property sharing for unmarried couples who live together and who separate. 

Family law: When one partner declares bankruptcy

These are difficult economic times for many people. Some Ontario residents have problems making ends meet and when debt becomes overwhelming, the most sensible road to take involves bankruptcy. Family law stipulates that when one partner declares bankruptcy, the other is on the hook if some of those debts are shared.  If signatures appear on some of those debts -- like a credit card in both names -- both partners are responsible.

Ontario family law: When one parent keep kids from another

There may be a definite reason a couple divorces. There may be a myriad of reasons, actually, so when there are many negative emotions in the crossfire, children can be unwitting targets of their parents' consternation toward each other. Family law in Ontario makes it clear that when one parent won't allow the other to see his or her child, there are consequences, especially if a court order is being obstructed. 

Gender reassignment on minor child a serious family law issue

Gender reassignment is a very real and concerning issue in today's society. Some people in Ontario and worldwide are born into the body of one gender, while emotionally and mentally identifying with the other gender. When this happens to a young person who has expressed a desire to change genders, family law rules can become cloudy, and confusing. Who gets to decide and what if one or both parents don't agree? It's a complex situation.

Family law: New tool will enable courts to help women in danger

Victims of domestic violence may get some relief, thanks to a new project on the horizon. Many women who decide to separate from their partners may find themselves in dire straits and potentially dangerous situations. As much as Ontario family law rules try to protect victims of domestic violence, added programs and education is always needed. Giving family law professionals the tools to help these victims is a step in the right direction.

Family law: What to do when spousal support isn't being paid

When a former spouse agrees to pay spousal support and then reneges, it can be frustrating and may create financial hardship. But family law rules in Ontario dictate that there are things that can be done to try to enforce an order, but only under certain conditions. It can be rather tricky if either party has moved out of the area in which the order was granted.

Ontario family law: Common law couples and sharing of pensions

People work hard to establish a solid pension. In the event of divorce, however, family law in Ontario has certain rules when it comes to the sharing of those pension funds. When it comes to federal pension plan funds, much depends on whether the couple was married or in a common law union. Common law couples can apply to have Canada Pension Plan (CPP) funds divided as long as the couple had been living together for at least a year.

Family law in Ontario: Leaving an abusive relationship

No one deserves to be abused, nor should they be expected to stay in an abusive relationship. There are steps to take under family law in Ontario to leave such a relationship and get a court order to allow a judge to make some decisions about the situation. If abuse is part of the problem, getting a temporary order for protection of self, children and financial rights may be the first place to begin.

Family law: Preparing for a continuing record

Getting divorced involves a lot of paperwork. Family law rules in Ontario stipulate that every document connected to individual cases have to be kept in a continuing record for that case. It allows the judge to get easy access to any information he or she may need in making any decisions. 

Ontario family law: FOMO is a new feeling fuelled by social media

FOMO parenting is apparently a real thing. FOMO or fear of missing out, is impacted by social media sites like Facebook. Parents begin to track the familial photos of their friends and family members on such social media sites and try to keep up. Although family law in Ontario always has the best interests of children at heart, this kind of social media frenzy becomes like a parental competition as to who is the best parent, who spends the most time with their kids, and ultimately someone begins to have that new FOMO feeling. 

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