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Little-Known Obligation of Cohabitation

It may come as a surprise to many that a person who is not the biological parent of the children in a relationship may be found to have support obligations for those children. If the...

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Leaving the Family Residence After Separation

Property Rights? People often think that in the course of separating from their partner, common-law or married, if they leave the family residence, they give up property rights. With rare exception that is never the...

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What You Do Not Know About Holding Title to Your Home

How you hold title to your home with your partner can have significant financial consequences upon dissolution of the relationship, regardless of whether you and your partner are married or not. There are two main...

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Spousal Support Options: Lump Sum Or Regular Periodic Payments?

What is Spousal Support? Spousal support (known as “alimony” in the United States of America) is financial support paid by one partner to the other following separation. In Ontario, a spouse can receive spousal support...

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Spousal Support In Retirement

Does Spousal Support End in Retirement? Contrary to what many may believe, in Ontario, a spouse’s obligation to pay spousal support is not automatically terminated, or even reduced, when they retire. If you pay periodic...

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MATRIMONIAL HOME WHEN CALCULATING NET FAMILY PROPERTY

This only applies to parties who are married. It does not apply to common-law partners. One of the more irrational aspects of Ontario’s family law system is the treatment of the family residence when it...

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HOW IS THE MATRIMONIAL HOME DIFFERENT THAN OTHER PROPERTY?

What Defines a Matrimonial Home? The matrimonial home is the family home in which married spouses were living on the date of separation. The Ontario Family Law Act (FLA) defines the matrimonial home as: 18 (1) Every...

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How Is Spousal Support Calculated in Ontario

What Is Spousal Support? Spousal support (known as “alimony” in the United States of America) is the financial compensation paid by one partner to the other partner following separation or divorce, generally paid on a monthly basis...

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