Your Law: Family Law - Custody and child support

Going through a divorce or separation can be one of the most difficult situations you ever have to face, especially when children are involved. Find out some of the key legal issues you need to consider from Ontario lawyers Alfred Mamo and Roslyn Tsao.

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Separation and Divorce: Child Custody, Access, and Parenting Plans
When parents separate or divorce, they have to put in place a parenting plan covering where the children will live, how much time the children will spend with each parent, and who will make major decisions about raising the children. This booklet discusses different custody and access arrangements, how to get help to work out a parenting plan, and how judges and arbitrators make these decisions if the parents cannot agree. The booklet closes with detailed information on where to find legal assistance.

Separation and Divorce: Child Suport
When parents separate or divorce, issues about how to pay the expenses of raising their children arise. This booklet discusses who has a legal responsibility to pay child support, as well as how to calculate the basic amount to be paid and other factors that can affect the amount of support, such as the child's living arrangements and special expenses. The booklet also explains how to enforce payment of child support and has a section about parents on social assistance. The booklet closes with detailed information on where to find legal assistance.

Separation and Divorce or Death of a Spouse: Property Division
This booklet explains the basic rules for property division between separating married spouses, their rights and obligations with respect to the matrimonial home, and what happens to property if one spouse dies. It also explains the different situation of common-law spouses. There are sections on responsibility for debts, division of CPP credits, and written agreements. The booklet closes with detailed information on where to find legal assistance.

Separation and Divorce: Spousal Support
This booklet looks at spousal support for married or common-law partners who are divorcing or separating, including the factors that affect whether spousal support must be paid, in what amount, and for how long. It also contains information about spouses who are on social assistance, and how to enforce payment of support. The booklet closes with detailed information on where to find legal assistance.

Are you considering separating or divorcing from your spouse? Are you concerned about what will happen to your children after the break up? Visit www.yourontariolaw.com for helpful information and resources.