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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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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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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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Understanding the Impact of Emails and Social Media in a Family Law Matter

By Zagazeta Garcia LLP |

Social media and the internet play a significant role in the lives of most people these days. According to the Pew Research Center, 65 percent of Canadian adults use social media sites and the internet. And the overwhelming majority of Canadians are at least using the internet. In fact, only nine percent of Canadians… Read More »

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Deciding How to Approach Your Future Spouse With a Prenuptial Agreement

By Zagazeta Garcia LLP |

Getting engaged is an exciting time in your life. Afterwards, your life becomes a whirlwind of cake tastings, venue tours, and figuring out who you want to share your special day with. However, there is another important aspect of preparing for your marriage. This entails figuring out how to approach the topic of a… Read More »

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So You Are Separating or Divorcing. What About Your Beloved Pet?

By Zagazeta Garcia LLP |

The end of a cohabiting relationship is always challenging. By its nature, it means that the people going through it will have to figure out how to divide their bank accounts, debt, homes, furniture, and the many other things they acquired concurrently, including any children they share. But many Canadians will also have to… Read More »

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Preparing For Divorce When You Have a Child With a Special Needs Condition

By Zagazeta Garcia LLP |

Anyone who has children most likely understands that an impending divorce will have a substantial effect on the smallest members of the family. However, parents of children who have special needs face can feel like they face even greater challenges when divorcing. Though it may seem that you are alone in your situation, according… Read More »

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The Rights of Unmarried Fathers

By Zagazeta Garcia LLP |

In the last few decades, the picture of what a couple looks like has become much more diverse. It is now common to see couples that are different races, that have a wide age gap between them, and that are the same sex. In line with this trend, the marital status of couples that… Read More »

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