When married couples in Ontario develop marital problems, they have different options, one of which is to end the marriage. However, a divorce is not a process that is completed overnight; in fact, some divorce procedures can take months or even years to finalize. That will bring about a period of separation for which to prepare.
Family law cases are difficult at the best of times and more so when partners can’t agree on what should happen next. Luckily, you can get help from a family law professional that will help you and your partner work through issues or make a decision for you.
Ending a marriage requires meticulous planning, and it is not typically a process to be rushed. It is only natural for most people who are in the throes of divorce to want to hold on to as many assets as possible. Understanding family laws that are applicable in Ontario can ease the process.
Long before the internet coined the term, "gaming fever," Canadians, past and present, were known for their fervent attachment to ice hockey. Love for this quintessential Canadian sport extends from province to province, its wins and losses discussed interminably wherever fans meet up -- in pubs, workplaces and even in the home. When Ontario couples decide to separate or divorce, the court's decisions about what constitutes shared property may be completely unexpected.
Sometimes statistics don't get it quite right. In the recent past, there have been reports that women, more often than men, commence divorce proceedings. Of the two-thirds of married couples who opt for divorce, 69 per cent are initiated by women. The research suggests this dynamic may only be true of couples who are formally married and excludes those who, like many Ontario couples, are living together and for whom legal divorce is not an option.
Family law in Ontario regard a marriage as an equal partnership between spouses. When married couples decide to divorce, each spouse's net family property is calculated and compared before a decision about a possible equalization payment is made. At the time of the couple's separation, the assets each party brought into the marriage -- excluding the matrimonial home -- will be taken out after debts and liabilities have been deducted. Each spouse can then receive 50 percent of the marital property along with his or her personal assets and any excluded property.
When common-law relationships or marriages end in Ontario, there is typically an extended period of living apart before the final divorce. It is important for spouses to sit down and discuss important issues that will be affected by their separation. Life goes on, and two homes instead of one may have to be run while parenting arrangements will be necessary if there are children.
When an Ontario person considers ending his or her marriage, it might be wise to explore the requirements prior to starting the process. The criteria that must be met before the court will grant a divorce include the need for the couple to have been married under Canada laws or those of another country -- as long as the marriage is recognised under Canada laws. One of the parties must have been residents of Ontario for at least 12 months before filing for divorce, and he or she must also show that there has been a breakdown of the marriage.
Marriage and business have many similarities. As in business, financial matters in marriages play an important role, and if the partners fail to be open about money matters, problems may arise. Sadly, money is cited as the source of contention in many Ontario marriages that end in divorce.
For many adults, the only exposure they ever had to a marriage ending was what they saw on a daytime soap opera. On TV, battling spouses slugged it out in a courtroom with tears flying and tempers spilling over. Though sometimes a divorce can get ugly, most divorces in Ontario are nothing like that at all. In fact, some former couples even stop to take a selfie after the deed is done.