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An app could help with a divorce case

An Ontario divorce is such a life-altering event for most people that they spend quite a bit of time, both before and during the divorce process, looking for answers to the many questions they have. From the decision to get divorced, to how to get the case started, to how to get a fair result -- the questions that can come up in any given case can seem endless.

Thinking about all possible issues in a divorce case

When our Ontario readers think about the many different legal issues in a divorce case, it can be, understandably, quite daunting. After all, not only do those who go through a divorce need to face the emotional aspect of the process, but there are the legal issues that must be addressed as well. How can ex-couples get through this? Well, like many people do, it might be best to make a list.

BAD FAITH + BAD BEHAVIOUR = COSTS PENALTIES!

Goldstein v Walsh (27 May 2019) cautions family law litigants -  If you take unreasonable and obstructive positions throughout proceedings, this will amount to "bad faith".  Result?  You may be ordered to pay a devastating costs award.  Madam Justice J. Kristjanson of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ordered the father to pay his ex-spouse's costs on a substantial indemnity basis - $420,000. This huge award was based on:

Men, fathers' rights and divorce

For several decades, there were certain presumptions about how mothers, fathers and children would be treated in an Ontario divorce. In essence, mothers were expected to be awarded primary custody of minor children, while fathers were expected to be awarded visitation rights. However, times are changing, and so are the perceptions of what is in the best interests of children -- as well as mothers and fathers -- when a divorce ends a marriage.

How to get what is "fair" in a family law dispute

The notion of what, exactly, is a "fair" result in a family law case can be different for any given person and based on the facts of any given case. Family law is very different from many other areas of the law because of the deeply personal issues at stake and the resultant emotional reactions that can be involved. It is through that lens that individuals and families view whether or not they received a fair result.

How can you prepare for the emotional toll of a divorce?

No matter whether a divorce case is being litigated in Ontario or otherwise, the parties to the case will come into the process, most likely, full of raw emotions. After all, we are talking about one of the bedrock relationships for people: marriage. To see a marriage end can leave many people searching for answers, and not just to their legal questions about the divorce process. They also need to try to search through the various emotions that can become intertwined with the legal process. So, how can our readers prepare for the emotional toll of a divorce?

Questions one should ask before filing for divorce

The decision to pursue an Ontario divorce is often the hardest decision anyone will make. After all, no one gets married thinking that the union will end in divorce. When it comes time to consider whether or not filing for divorce is the best option though, there will probably be a lot of soul-searching.

A checklist of assets that might come up in a divorce case

There are many Ontarians who go into a divorce knowing that there will be a myriad of issues to address, but who are still surprised at how complex these cases can become. Sure, one knows more about their family, spouse and personal finances than anyone else, but once they become involved in the family law process, they will be exposed to other people -- judges and attorneys, for starters -- who oftentimes have decades of experience with divorce cases and the associated issues. During the divorce process, one area in which many people are somewhat surprised is when they learn the full extent of their assets and debts.

How do you know if it is time to consider a divorce?

Many of our Ontario readers are likely facing family problems that could include significant issues between spouses. Most people who are facing these situations do their best to work it out, but sometimes, all of the best efforts and intentions are not enough. How does one know if it is time to consider a divorce?

Science behind DNA testing and what it means in family law

Toronto family law issues are some of the most difficult legal problems. While most people enter a relationship and have children with someone else thinking that their bond will only grow with time, the unfortunate reality is that this is not always the case. Relationships fray and people can grow apart. However, if there are children from the relationship, certain legal realities need to be established. Paternity is one.

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