Although obtaining a divorce is a relatively simple matter; it is the related legal issues such as spousal support, child support, parenting arrangements and division of property which require the expertise of a family lawyer.
Depending on circumstances during, and at the end of, a marriage, a spouse may be entitled to spousal support, the amount and duration of which are determined by a number of factors including Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines.
Ontario uses an equalization regime to divide marital property. The net value of family property owned by each spouse on the valuation date is calculated and the difference between spouses’ values is split evenly.
If there is a failure to pay child or spousal support required to be paid in accordance with an agreement or court order, the obligation to pay may be enforced by a government agency called the Family Responsibility Office.