How to Succeed in Your Custody Battle for Couples Living Together Before Separation

When assessing a custody claim for couples residing together before separation, a judge will likely award you one form of custody of your child (sole custody, joint custody, shared custody or parallel parenting) if you present evidence that meet elements of section 24 of the Children’s Law Reform Act. Here is a summary of what you need to do: Start parenting before the child is born by participating in pre-natal classes and supporting the pregnant partner with the pregnancy i.e. accompanying her…

How To Separate and Get a Divorce | Toronto Family Lawyer

If you have experienced a marriage breakdown in your marital relationship and you are considering separating from your wife or husband and ultimately getting a divorce, here are some steps to follow: Notify your spouse regarding your intention to separate. Conduct yourself as separated. Separation While Continuing to Live Under Same Roof The court must look at various objective factors to determine if the parties are living apart or not including the following: There must be a physical separation…  Just…

Family Law Court Proceedings in Ontario

In Ontario, there are three different levels of courts which deal with family law matters: Ontario Court of Justice: these courts can only deal with issues relating to support, custody and access, paternity and child protection. Superior Court of Justice: in addition to the above mentioned matters, these courts can deal with divorce, property division and common law trust/equity claims. Please note that this level of court only deals with child protection by way of appeals. Family Court of the Superior…

Information About Legal Aid in Ontario

Legal Aid Ontario (“legal aid”) receives funding from the provincial government to provide legal services to people with low incomes. Legal aid has two main components: The community legal clinic system; and The legal aid certificate program. Community legal clinics are staffed by lawyers, community legal workers and sometimes law students. Legal clinics provide representation and advice on various kinds of legal issues. To receive services from a clinic, you must live in the area it serves. Most clinics also…

How to Find Family Law assistance in Toronto, Ontario

There are various ways one may obtain free preliminary legal help, including: contact Lawyer Referral Service at (416) 947-3330 or 1-900-565-4577. The call will cost you $6.00, unless you are in a crisis situation. They can give you the names of lawyers who accept legal aid (I accept legal aid) and can refer you to a lawyer in your area for free half-hour consultation; contact lawyers directly as some provide free initial consultation (usually limited to one half hour). You…