Divorce and Gambling Addictions

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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… Read more »

Divorced with Children and Moving? What You Need to Know

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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… Read more »

Adult Child Support

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  As Kanye West famously sang in his 2005 hit, “Golddigger”: “Eighteen years, eighteen years She got one of yo[ur] kids got you for 18 years.” If you think that your obligation for child support automatically ceases upon a child’s eighteenth birthday…. then you should stop taking legal advice from Mr. West. The courts view… Read more »

Frances Bean and Isaiah Silva are headed from the Alter to Court

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News broke back in March that Frances Bean Cobain was filing for divorce after less than two years of marriage to Isaiah Silva.  It was made clear that he was not entitled to any of the money from her late father, Kurt Cobain’s $450 million dollar estate.  Frances  was the one to file for divorce, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’… Read more »

“The Litigation Version of 50 Shades of Grey”: How Your Conduct and Online Presence May Not Be Relevant in Custody and Access Cases

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  A parent’s conduct is only relevant to custody and access cases if it affects the parent’s ability to care for the child and meet their needs (Durham v Robertson (1998), 79 ACWS (3d) 958.) So what happens when your ex-partner drags up something from your past? How about an embarrassing post you made online?… Read more »

How Is Division of Property Handled During a Divorce?

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Division of property can be a rather complex and complicated manner as part of a divorce proceeding. The Family Law Act contains the set of specific methods and procedures used to divide property between divorcing couples. In Toronto, this is not just a simple manner of dividing up individual assets, but rather requires going through… Read more »

Are Child Support Payments Fixed Once Established by the Court?

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One common misconception divorcing parents have is in regards to child support payments ordered by the court. Many divorcing couples are under the impression once the child support payments are established by the court, they are fixed until such time the child reaches the age of majority or receive their first post-secondary degree. This is… Read more »

To Snoop, or Not to Snoop?

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Developments in personal technology are complicating legal disputes. Everyone has a Facebook account. Everyone texts. Most people do their banking online. Glimpsing into the private affairs of one another has become fairly easy and fairly commonplace – in other words, snooping. Is snooping ok? As far as the courts are concerned, no.   In January… Read more »

Separation and the Matrimonial Home

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Upon separation, both you and your partner may want to stay in the matrimonial (family) home. If you and your partner are married, both of you have an equal right to stay in the matrimonial home until it is sold or until there is a court order or agreement, even if the legal title to… Read more »

Married vs Unmarried Spouses: What’s the Difference?

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Several misconceptions seem to exist with respect to the definition of a common-law relationship and the rights and obligations that flow from these kinds of relationships. This post intends to clarify two of the most common misconceptions: If my partner and I move in together, we are automatically considered common-law spouses. False. Section 29 of… Read more »