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Best Friends and… Parents?: How these Co-Mommas have Changed the Declaration of Parentage Game

Best Friends and… Parents?: How these Co-Mommas have Changed the Declaration of Parentage Game

When you hear the word “parents,” what comes to mind?

“Parents” is a fairly broad term when you think about it: parents may be divorced, they may be a same-sex couple, they may have non-biological children that they care for… there is any number of unique combinations that fit the term “parents.”

But, did you think of two best friends acting as parents to a child? Likely not. Best friends Natasha Bakht and Lynda Collins, self-proclaimed “co-mommas,” would like you to.

Bakht and Collins are colleagues, neighbours, best friends, and thanks to the Ontario courts, now parents to a seven-year-old boy, Elaan. When Bakht chose to get pregnant by way of a sperm donor, Collins immediately offered to be her friend’s birth coach.

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Toronto Divorce Lawyer Shares Signs Your Spouse Might Be Cheating

Toronto Divorce Lawyer Shares Signs Your Spouse Might Be Cheating

There are all different reasons why marriages fail and one of the biggest ones is where one spouse simply falls out-of-love with the other. He or she might attempt to remain in the marriage if there are minor children involved, but sooner or later, chances are they are going to start cheating because they do not like living in a loveless marriage(in their mind). There are telltale signs to watch for that could indicate your spouse is cheating.

1. They start doing their own laundry. If you are the one that normally does the laundry and all of a sudden they take an interest to help you out, it could be because they are hiding something.

2.

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Divorce and Gambling Addictions

Divorce and Gambling Addictions

Trust is a vital part of healthy marriages and the willingness to openly share the good, along with the bad. You may be perfectly fine with your spouse placing the occasion bet at work in a hockey pool or spending time at a casino every so often to play some poker. But, you may notice your spouse is spending less time at home with you, they could start making up excuses, like they had to work late, or they were just out with some co-workers for a few rounds to celebrate a co-worker’s birthday.

The extent of the lies a person with a gambling addiction tells, depends upon whether they are actually winning.

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Divorced with Children and Moving? What You Need to Know

Divorced with Children and Moving? What You Need to Know

 

Before you pack up your belongings and kids and move to a new home, it is important you understand the legal implications of moving after a divorce when there are children involved. It is in your best interests to consult with a family lawyer in Toronto at Kain & Ball Family Law Lawyers to find out your rights and obligations.

Depending upon the nature of your child custody and visitation agreements, there are several things you might have to do before you can move and relocate to a new home with your children, including, but not necessarily limited to:

 

  • Get permission to move from the other parent.

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Types of Child Visitation and Access

Types of Child Visitation and Access

As a divorcee with children, you have certain legal rights and obligations when it comes to your minor children. In many cases, the court will have outlined child custody, visitation, access, and support order. Depending upon the circumstances of the divorce and your existing relationship with your children, the court can decide to order different types of access and visitation.

Reasonable Visitation and Access This type of visitation and access is where both parents are on amicable terms and the court feels the parents are responsible and reasonable enough to arrange child visitation and access on their own. As a result both parents are given full control over access and visitation schedules and the flexibility to modify them, without having to get permission from the court.

Set Visitation and Access Schedule For less amicable divorces, the court can establish a set visitation and access schedule.

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Do Cohabiting Couples Have the Same Rights as Divorcing Married Couples?

Do Cohabiting Couples Have the Same Rights as Divorcing Married Couples?

Rather than getting legally married, you and your partner decided to cohabitate in the same residence for an extended period of time. Eventually, you and your partner decided to start a family and have children, but still chose to not legally get married. Then, the unfortunate happens and you or your partner decides to terminate the relationship and separate.

At this point, there can be all sorts of feelings and emotions you may experience, ranging from hurt to anger. You may have questions in regards to your future, the future of your children, where you will live, and how property you acquired together as a couple is to be divided.

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Debt & Divorce

Debt & Divorce

Ever wonder what role debt has in your divorce? What are the implications of debt on the division of assets or support payable? Can debt work in your favor? This post will provide some insight on how debt factors into essential aspects of your divorce such as the division of property.

In Ontario property is divided by equalizing the net worth acquired during marriage. This is referred to as equalization of the net family property. The net family property is calculated by subtracting the value of property at the time of marriage from the value of property at the time of separation.

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Best Friends and… Parents?: How these Co-Mommas have Changed the Declaration of Parentage Game

Best Friends and… Parents?: How these Co-Mommas have Changed the Declaration of Parentage Game

When you hear the word “parents,” what comes to mind?

“Parents” is a fairly broad term when you think about it: parents may be divorced, they may be a same-sex couple, they may have non-biological children that they care for… there is any number of unique combinations that fit the term “parents.”

But, did you think of two best friends acting as parents to a child? Likely not. Best friends Natasha Bakht and Lynda Collins, self-proclaimed “co-mommas,” would like you to.

Bakht and Collins are colleagues, neighbours, best friends, and thanks to the Ontario courts, now parents to a seven-year-old boy, Elaan. When Bakht chose to get pregnant by way of a sperm donor, Collins immediately offered to be her friend’s birth coach.

Read More

Toronto Divorce Lawyer Shares Signs Your Spouse Might Be Cheating

Toronto Divorce Lawyer Shares Signs Your Spouse Might Be Cheating

There are all different reasons why marriages fail and one of the biggest ones is where one spouse simply falls out-of-love with the other. He or she might attempt to remain in the marriage if there are minor children involved, but sooner or later, chances are they are going to start cheating because they do not like living in a loveless marriage(in their mind). There are telltale signs to watch for that could indicate your spouse is cheating.

1. They start doing their own laundry. If you are the one that normally does the laundry and all of a sudden they take an interest to help you out, it could be because they are hiding something.

2.

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Divorce and Gambling Addictions

Divorce and Gambling Addictions

Trust is a vital part of healthy marriages and the willingness to openly share the good, along with the bad. You may be perfectly fine with your spouse placing the occasion bet at work in a hockey pool or spending time at a casino every so often to play some poker. But, you may notice your spouse is spending less time at home with you, they could start making up excuses, like they had to work late, or they were just out with some co-workers for a few rounds to celebrate a co-worker’s birthday.

The extent of the lies a person with a gambling addiction tells, depends upon whether they are actually winning.

Read More

Divorced with Children and Moving? What You Need to Know

Divorced with Children and Moving? What You Need to Know

 

Before you pack up your belongings and kids and move to a new home, it is important you understand the legal implications of moving after a divorce when there are children involved. It is in your best interests to consult with a family lawyer in Toronto at Kain & Ball Family Law Lawyers to find out your rights and obligations.

Depending upon the nature of your child custody and visitation agreements, there are several things you might have to do before you can move and relocate to a new home with your children, including, but not necessarily limited to:

 

  • Get permission to move from the other parent.

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Reasons to Retain the Services of Family Law Lawyers in Toronto

Reasons to Retain the Services of Family Law Lawyers in Toronto

The most obvious reason to hire family law lawyers in Toronto is if you are getting ready to file for separation or a divorce. Divorce proceedings can be extremely stressful and full of uncertainties. Experienced divorce lawyers help alleviate your stress and provide you with accurate advice about potential outcomes and they always ensure that your interests are protected throughout the entire process.

Aside from filing for separation and divorce, there are other situations where you may need legal advice and counsel from a family law lawyer. Family law encompasses more than just the dissolving of a marriage as there are issues such as child custody, access, child support, spousal support, division of property, etc.

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Tips for Divorced Parents and Celebrating the Holidays

Tips for Divorced Parents and Celebrating the Holidays

The holidays can be a stressful time of year for everyone. Being a divorced parent can add to tension and stress if you are trying to work out schedules with your ex-spouse and parenting time. To help alleviate stress and tensions between parents, and to ensure that your kids have a positive holiday experience, consider the following suggestions.

 

  1. Get input from your children.

Far too often parents will decide what they think is best when making visitation schedules for the holidays. They might feel like the children have to spend time equally between both households or have timing issues where one parent needs to have the kids at a specific time or day for other holiday activities or events.

The thing to remember is what you and your ex-spouse deem as fair, might not seem like it or be the best for your children.

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Common Questions about Child Custody and Child Access

Common Questions about Child Custody and Child Access

When children are involved in separation and divorce proceedings, parents often have several questions in regards to child custody and child access. Our Toronto family law firm understands how child custody and access issues can further add to the stresses of getting divorced. Below, we provide a general overview of some of the more frequently asked questions.

Is there a difference between access and custody?

Child access refers to the amount of time each parents gets with their children. In some cases, one parent may have the children the majority of the time, while the other parent has access to the children on weekends.

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Kain & Ball Named Most Trusted Family Law Firm of the Year: Ontario

Kain & Ball Named Most Trusted Family Law Firm of the Year: Ontario

We are proud to announce that Kain & Ball has been selected as Ontario’s Most Trusted Family Law Firm of the Year in 2013 by Acquisition International.

Read the press release below:

2013 Legal Awards Press Release

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