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Lawyer Toronto Ontario

If you are looking for a Lawyer Toronto Ontario, please call our Toronto Law Firm at 1 844-618-8080 or text 778-676-3808. 

We also have additional offices in: Newmarket, Vaughan, Collingwood and Burlington. Laws change all the time, so please contact us to learn about up to date laws in your province.

Family Lawyer Toronto Ontario

Marriage is supposed to last forever and if all marriages did, family lawyers would have a lot of free time on their hands.

Negotiating, or worse, litigating, the division of assets and debt, issues about the kids, and child or spousal support can be awkward, bitter, and emotionally devastating upon divorce. A carefully prepared cohabitation agreement takes some of the pain out of parting ways.

A cohabitation agreement, more commonly known as a “prenup”, is a contract entered into by two lovers when the going’s good. The contract can address myriad aspects of the relationship, from duties and responsibilities within the relationship to planning transitions out of the relationship. Common transitional provisions include spousal support, child support, parenting time, primary care and control of the children, and allocation of family assets and debt.

While there is certainly a stigma about having a cohabitation agreement, in reality they are no different than car insurance. The fact is that we all take a risk when we get behind the wheel, and we all take a risk when we tie the knot.

Ask one of our Toronto lawyers about a cohabitation agreement.

Family violence

It is a sad truth that in Ontario family violence continues to plague many families. When a survivor of family violence decides to escape and separate from a violent spouse, it can be a frightening prospect. How will the violent spouse react when he or she finds out? The fear that leaving will only exacerbate violence can be a powerful force keeping the abused spouse in a violent relationship.

Related: Protecting Your Interests with a Domestic Contract

The Family Law Act, in force for less than one year, provides a number of legal tools to help people escape family violence in order to protect themselves and their children. The Family Law Act applies equally to married couples, common law couples (defined as couples who have lived together for two years or who live together and have a child together) and same sex couples.

Lawyer Toronto Ontario

The Family Law Act recognizes that family violence extends beyond typical examples of physical or sexual abuse and can include intimidation, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, harassment, stalking and isolation. For children, family violence includes direct or indirect exposure to family violence against another family member.

If you are looking for a Lawyer Toronto Ontario, please call our Toronto Law Firm at 1 844-618-8080 or text 778-676-3808. 

If a spouse wishes to leave a relationship but believes that he or she, or his or her child, is at risk of family violence when his or her spouse finds out, he or she can apply to the Court for a “Protection Order” in advance of leaving. The Court has broad powers to make sure that the spouse leaving the relationship and any children are safe, including:

• Restraining the violent spouse from directly or indirectly communicating with any person;
• Restraining the violent spouse from attending or being near any place regularly attended by a family member at risk of family violence (such as places or work, schools, residences, etc.);
• Restraining the violent spouse from following the family member at risk of family violence;
• Directing a police officer to remove the violent spouse from the family residence;
• Directing a police officer to attend the family residence with the violent spouse for the purpose of having the abusive spouse remove personal belonging;
• Restraining the violent spouse from possessing a weapon; or
• Any other order the Court thinks is necessary to protect the family.

An Application for a Protection Order can be made without notice to the violent person, so the conditions for a safe transition out of a violent relationship can be set without the violent spouse knowing what is afoot. The police have the power to enforce the terms of a Protection Order. Therefore, even though there is nothing that can guarantee a safe separation from a violent spouse, a Protection Order provides solid protections to minimize the risk of violence and help families escape violence.

If you are looking for a Lawyer Toronto Ontario, please call our Toronto Law Firm at 1 844-618-8080 or text 778-676-3808. 

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