Various sources have reported an anticipated increase in divorces stemming from COVID-19. Stay-at-home orders force couples to spend all day every day together, creating or exacerbating tension; people are struggling with job loss; parents are overwhelmed with having kids at home instead of school.
Fathers have long seen challenges in family court, especially when it comes to matters of child custody and parenting. The legal system alone presents obstacles by way of unfair processes and outdated biases.
Domestic contracts have become increasingly common in recent years. Between cohabitation being more common and later marriages that involve significant separate property, more people are in a position to benefit from the protections of contracts, including a prenuptial agreement.
Losing access to and time with your children because of a divorce can be devastating. Feeling like your ex is attempting to turn your children against you makes the situation even more painful.
Covid-19 demands parent and child centred reforms based on equal shared parenting.
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When affluent parties divorce, dividing the property can be the most complicated and stressful part of the process. There are countless details to address, and even minor oversights can have costly consequences.
Splitting your time with your children after a divorce or separation is a difficult adjustment, no matter how much or little time they are away. However, spending meaningful time with each parent is often in the child's best interests, which is why many Toronto parents will share parenting time.
It's common for Toronto family law judges to encourage parents to sort out a custody schedule among themselves. Many parents here in Ontario find deciding how to trade-off time with their child difficult to do. There are some popular custody schedules that you may be able to use in negotiating with your ex though.
If you're going through a divorce or a custody dispute, it is important to put the needs of your children before your own. You want your decisions to reflect their best interests.