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?
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.
What is in the best interests of the child is the standard that is used to make child custody decisions. The best interests of the child standard is the guiding standard when decisions impacting children, such as the custody of a child, are considered.
The divorce process can feel overwhelming, and divorcing couples likely have a long list of priorities and concerns they want to address during the divorce process. It is important for divorcing spouses to understand how to protect their interests and the wealth they have accumulated during their marriage, especially in circumstances of a high asset divorce.
Depending on the parenting agreement and best interests of the child, the answer could be yes. Custody does not prohibit a parent from seeing a child. Custody is about who gets to make decisions about raising the child.
Many thanks to my esteemed colleague, Philip Epstein, for granting permission to publish here his report with respect to the expected expansion of unified family courts in Canada and particularly in Ontario. Published with permission from Westlaw's "Epstein's This Week in Family Law, Fam. L. News. 2018-13 [copyright Thomson Reuters Canada Limited]: