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The Pros and Cons of Common Law Relationships

By Zagazeta Garcia LLP |

These days many Canadians are choosing to move away from the concept of marriage for many reasons all their own. Cohabitation is very popular these days and for good reason. Some couples believe that living together before getting married is a good way for them to get to know each other, learn each other’s… Read More »

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Factors Contributing to When Joint Custody Will Be Ordered in Canada

By Zagazeta Garcia LLP |

Splitting from a partner you have been seriously involved with is never an easy task. However, according to Statistics Canada, it is a common one. In 2017 alone, six percent of the approximately twenty million Canadians between the ages of 25 and 64 were reportedly separated or divorced. Regardless of how common this scenario… Read More »

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The Importance of Being Credible in a Divorce

By Zagazeta Garcia LLP |

No one enters a marriage thinking it will end. However, life happens and unfortunately, that means that a significant number of marriages end in divorce. In 2017, six percent of the twenty million Canadians between the ages of 25 and 64 were currently separated or divorced according to Statistics Canada. Interestingly, being separated or… Read More »

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Understanding Restraining Orders

By Zagazeta Garcia LLP |

Whether it occurs at the beginning of a relationship or after the relationship has begun to deteriorate, a negative shift in the behavior of a spouse is almost always unexpected and it is often difficult to understand where to turn. Fortunately, part of the reason why family courts exist is to empower compromised victims… Read More »

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Does Child Support Only Apply to Children? Retroactive Child Support in Ontario

By Zagazeta Garcia LLP |

Most of us can agree that child support can provide an irreplaceable source of income to help financially support a child as he or she grows up and it is typically not a surprise when a court requires the noncustodial parent of an underage child to pay. However, the question of whether child support… Read More »

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Understanding Annulments in Ontario

By Zagazeta Garcia LLP |

The realization that a marriage is over is never an easy concept for anyone to accept. Regardless of how miserable both spouses may be at the tail end of a marriage, almost no one enters a marriage with the idea that it will ever end and the realization that a permanent separation is imminent… Read More »

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Understanding Canada’s Family Class Sponsorship

By Zagazeta Garcia LLP |

Sometimes Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents have to leave behind loved ones in order to move here, but these separations are never intended to be permanent. Fortunately, they don’t have to be because of Canada’s laws concerning family class sponsorship. Family class sponsorship is one of the most important ways for people to… Read More »

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The Potential Consequences of Being the Lesser Involved Parent

By Zagazeta Garcia LLP |

The majority of parents love their children, a fact the law does not dispute. However, due to a variety of factors such as a time-consuming career, distance, or a lack of cooperation from the other parent, individuals who are not in a relationship with the other parent sometimes end up playing a lesser role… Read More »

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The Recent Case Addressing the Special Child Custody Challenges Faced by Divorcing Same-Sex Couples When International Borders Are Involved

By Zagazeta Garcia LLP |

We all know that the “traditional” family unit has evolved over time. One of the biggest evolutions has been the legal recognition of same-sex unions in the form of the legalization of same-sex marriage. In 2005 the Civil Marriages Act was passed by parliament and expanded the definition of “spouse” to gender-neutral terminology in… Read More »

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What You Should Understand About Purchasing a Home as a Cohabiting Couple

By Zagazeta Garcia LLP |

If you and your spouse have decided you want to purchase a house together, the last thing that either of you will probably want to bring up is how the house would be handled should either of you decide that you no longer want to cohabitate. As an unmarried couple, you may even think… Read More »

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