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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.

Available in:

English, Français, Chinese, Korean, Spanish

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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An Introduction to Family Law in Ontario

This resource identifies the main issues that can come up when relationships end. It includes information about marriage and divorce, living together, and domestic contracts, and explains how decisions can be made through agreement, mediation, court, or arbitration.

Available in:

English, Français, Chinese, Farsi/Persian, Korean, Spanish, Urdu

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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Domestic Contracts

This booklet looks at cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts, and separation agreements, and explains the court’s role in enforcing these types of domestic contracts. 

Available in:

English, Français

Produced by:

FLEW/FODF

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Video, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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Will the family court enforce a mahr that a Muslim woman has signed with her husband?

This is one of a series of Frequently Asked Questions produced by Luke’s Place. This FAQ defines what mahr is and explains that, when properly prepared, mahr is a form of pre-nuptial agreement and therefore enforceable. The FAQ explains how the mahr affects spousal and child support and the woman’s part of family property.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Luke's Place

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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A Guide to Process for Family Cases at the Superior Court of Justice

The goal of this guide is to help you understand the steps in a family case at the Superior Court of Justice, including the Family Court of the Superior Court of Justice (Family Court).

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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Family Law Information Program For Aboriginal Families

This video was developed by the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General to help Aboriginal families learn about the effects of separation on children and adults and the options available to them to resolve their disputes. It covers topics such as:

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Video

Produced/Updated In:

2016

Staying Home Safely After Abuse: Court Orders That Can Help

Recorded on August 22, 2016 – In this webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series, METRAC’s Legal Director, Tamar Witelson, and family law lawyer Glenda Perry discuss different kinds of family and criminal court orders that can help a woman force an abusive partner to leave her home and stay away.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

METRAC

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Webinar

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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What are domestic contracts?

This is one of a series of Frequently Asked Questions produced by Luke’s Place. This FAQ explains what a domestic contract is, when it is useful, and why it isn’t binding if coercion is involved. The FAQ also looks at cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts, and separation agreements, which are also considered domestic contracts.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Luke's Place

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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Breaking up: Without court

This legal health checklist on family separation covers the alternatives to court when it comes to agreements on parenting, support, and property. It is part of the Canadian Bar Association’s Reaching Equal Justice initiative that provides the public with tools or brief checklists to avoid legal problems or prevent them from becoming worse.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2015

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Protecting Women’s Rights to the Family Home on Reserves: Important Changes for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Women

Recorded on March 23, 2015 – There are recent changes to the law with the goal of providing better safety, and access to the family home, for women and children living on First Nations reserves. Both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women have new property rights on reserve when their relationship breaks down.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

METRAC

Format:

Webinar

Produced/Updated In:

2015