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NAVIGATING COMMON LAW RELATIONSHIPS IN ONTARIO – THE FAMILY LAW ISSUES

With common law unions on the rise, many Canadian couples lack clarity on how their rights and obligations differ from married spouses. This article aims to empower cohabiting partners to make informed choices during their relationship and in case of separation. 1. The Growing Trend Towards Cohabitation Common law relationships are increasingly popular across Canada, […]

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SCHOOL CHOICE DISPUTES: LESSONS FROM OFFER V. LAMOREA

NEW BLOG ALERT: OFFER v. LAMOREA – Insights into school choice post-Divorce? This recent court decision sheds light on key considerations.  On our sister site, Goldhart Mediation & Arbitration, we have published our blog regarding key considerations by the Court. In the case of Offer v. Lamorea, 2024 ONSC 927, Justice Smith provides valuable insights

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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO FORM 13 & 13.1 FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE FOR DIVORCING OR SPEARATING COUPLES

Financial disclosure forms are a cornerstone of family law in Ontario. Properly completing these mandatory documents is essential to achieving fair resolutions for separation, divorce and support. This guide from Goldhart Law PC offers a closer look at Forms 13 and 13.1 to empower you through the disclosure process. 1. Introduction to Forms 13 and

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2024 ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE IN ONTARIO FOR SEPARATION AND DIVORCE

Going through a separation or divorce is a challenging journey, both emotionally and financially. A pivotal step in this process is the complete disclosure of your financial situation to your former partner. Full and frank financial disclosure is a cornerstone of family law in Ontario, yet the prospect of revealing the details of your financial

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M.M. v. K.M. – INSIGHTS INTO EXTENDED FAMILY ACCESS

New Blog Alert: Extended Family Access: Factors in M.M. v. K.M. Read our blog HERE at our sister site Goldhart Mediation & Arbitration and discover insights from the recent Ontario Court decision that provides a nuanced perspective on grandparent and extended family access. Key takeaways include: The importance of substantiating abuse allegations within family disputes.

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PETS IN DIVORCE – NOW MORE THAN PROPERTY: BC’S INNOVATIVE APPROACH

In family law, the recognition of pets as more than mere property during divorce and separation proceedings marks a significant shift towards a more compassionate legal framework. Our sister site, goldhartmediation.ca, has just published a thought-provoking blog that delves into this very topic, focusing on British Columbia’s pioneering approach and its potential ripple effects on

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NAVIGATING THE COMPLEXITIES OF INFORMAL DOMESTIC CONTRACTS: INSIGHTS FROM EL RASSI-WIGHT V. ARNOLD

Introduction Read our recent blog at our sister website www.goldhartlaw.com about the recent ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal, El Rassi-Wight v. Arnold, 2024 ONCA 2. This case has shed new light on the enforceability of informal domestic contracts under the Family Law Act (Ontario) (the “FLA”). The El Rassi-Wight v. Arnold case revolves

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THE 2024 ONTARIO FAMILY LAW GUIDE TO DIVORCE & SEPARATION

1. Navigating Family Law: The Path Through Divorce And Separation In Ontario Navigating a separation or divorce can seem like traversing a maze of emotional and legal challenges. When marriages or common-law relationships end, crucial matters such as parenting, child access, child and spousal support, and dividing property need to be addressed. Understanding the family

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THE 2024 ESSENTIAL CHECKLIST FOR CO-PARENTING PLANS AFTER SEPARATION OR DIVORCE

Crafting a parenting plan post-separation or divorce can be a complex journey. Our essential checklist is designed to simplify this process. It aims to provide a structured approach to establishing shared parenting roles and responsibilities, ensuring the best interests of your children are at the heart of every decision. I. PARENTING PLAN ➡ UNDERSTANDING NEEDS

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Understanding Barendregt v. Grebliunas: Standards for New Evidence on Appeal

In the ever-evolving landscape of family law, the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Barendregt v. Grebliunas, 2022 SCC 22, stands out as a pivotal ruling with significant implications for litigants and practitioners alike. This case delves into the nuanced area of introducing new evidence in family law appeals, offering clarity and guidance in what

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