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Are you going through a divorce, separation or children’s aid issue? 

Here are answers to some questions you may have in regards to the Family Justice System in Ontario:

*Disclaimer: The following answers are for general informational purposes only and are not intended to be considered legal advice in any way, whatsoever. These answers are not legal advice and are not a legal opinion.  If you are under investigation, about to be charged or are charged with a criminal offence, contact our office as soon as possible to discuss your situation and how to proceed.

The children’s Aid Society want to talk to me, what are my rights?

The Children’s Aid Society (CAS) are very powerful, in many cases, more powerful than the police.  There is no other agency or organization in Ontario that can come into another person’s home and take away their children and not have to justify the apprehension to a court of law for […]

I want a divorce but my partner does not want to cooperate, can I still get a divorce?

In order to obtain a divorce the married couple has to be separated from each other for one year.  The couple can live together for no more than 90 days during this one year period (in the hopes of reconciling the relationship).    As long as the married couple has[…..]

How much child or spousal support do I have to pay, is there a formula I can look up?

In most cases the access parent has to pay monthly child support as the custodial parent likely has the child living with him/her full time and as a result, has incurred increased expenses.  If the primary caregiver seeks child support then there are standard child support guidelines that are based[…..]

I am in the middle of a custody battle with my ex, how long will this all take?

A family law case can take anywhere from a few weeks to many years to come to an end.  Even when a family law case ends, it ends many times only to be restarted the next day, week, month or year, when a party does not seem to be following[…..]

What type of access does a typical access parent get?

If you do not have custody of your children, you have a right to spend time with them (subject to any concerns raised against you).    Typically, an access parent sees the child overnight every other weekend and one evening a week during the week.  It is also typical for[…..]

What does custody and joint custody mean?

Custody ultimately has to do with decision making abilities over your child.  For example, the parent who has custody over their child is the one who has the power and authority to make important decisions about the child, such as medical, educational and religious instruction.   The child may not[…..]

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