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Children and Divorce

This blog post presents a scenario in which parents are divorcing and discusses how decisions on matters such as where the children will live, their schooling, and their health, are made.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2011

Creating a Safety Plan

This booklet suggests action steps to increase safety for women at risk of being abused by their partners. There are detailed instructions on creating an emergency escape plan. Also included is a section on children’s safety planning.

Available in:

English, Français, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, Urdu, Vietnamese

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2010

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Your Law Series: Family Law – Custody and Child Support

In this video, two Ontario lawyers discuss what people should consider when dealing with custody and child support issues during a divorce or separation.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Law Society of Ontario

Format:

Video

Produced/Updated In:

2010

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Co-Parenting

This brochure outlines some key issues around parenting with someone outside of a romantic or sexual relationship. Topics include finding a co-parent, discussions with potential co-parents, contracts, and conflict resolution.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2009

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Parenting Options for Gay/Bi/Queer Men

This brochure discusses ways to become a father, including adoption, joint parenting with others, and surrogacy. It includes a list of community supports and resources.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2009

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Aboriginal Women: Custody and Access

This booklet focuses on the arrangements for the care of their children that parents must make when they separate or do not live together. It describes different types of arrangements and explains how courts decide issues of custody and access. There is also information on moving with the children, travelling with the children, and preventing child abduction.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2008

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Fact Sheet: Common Family Law Terms

This fact sheet contains plain-language definitions of terms commonly used in family law. It explains terms such as balance of probabilities, best interests of the child test, division of property, matrimonial home, and settlement conference.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Springtide Resources

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2008

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Fact Sheet: Custody and Access

This fact sheet answers basic questions about custody and access. It describes which laws apply and explains commonly-used terms. It also deals with some of the problems related to custody and access that are faced by women who leave abusive partners.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Springtide Resources

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2008