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Fact Sheet: Marriage

by Pamela Cross, LLB In Canada, the regulation of marriage is a provincial matter, so each province has its own laws.In Ontario, that is the Marriage Act, which sets out the rules for how marriage is...

Fact Sheet: Family Law Overview

by Pamela Cross, LLB Family law can be very confusing for anyone. Usually, people only turn to it when there has been a crisis in their family.  Often, the laws themselves are difficult to...

Fact Sheet: Duty To Report

by Pamela Cross, LLB All professionals working with children have a duty to report suspicions of child abuse.  The Child and Family Services Act sets out the legal duty to report obligation: it...

Fact Sheet: Domestic Contracts

by Pamela Cross, LLB There are three common types of domestic contracts that are permitted and regulated under Ontario's Family Law Act: cohabitation agreements marriage contracts separation...

Fact Sheet: Divorce

by Pamela Cross, LLB Divorce is regulated by the Divorce Act, which is a federal law.  This means that it applies to everyone in Canada, no matter where they live. Only people who are married...

Fact Sheet: Custody and Access

by Pamela Cross, LLB When two people who have children separate, sorting out the arrangements for the children is often the most difficult issue.This is especially true when a woman leaves an...

Fact Sheet: Common Law Relationships

by Pamela Cross, LLB Many people live together without being married, either for short or long periods of time.  For some, this is a transitional stage as they move towards marriage.  For...

Fact Sheet: Common Family Law Terms

by Pamela Cross, LLB Application: A family court case begins when one person brings an application, in which she lists what she is seeking - for instance, custody of the children, child support and...

Fact Sheet: Common Criminal Legal Terms

by Pamela Cross, LLB Absolute discharge:  This means that even though the accused was found guilty, the court does not register a conviction against him, with the result that he does not have a...

Fact Sheet: Common Criminal Charges in VAW Cases

by Pamela Cross, LLB Assault:  When someone touches another person, directly or indirectly, without that person's consent it is an assault. It is also an assault when the person attempts or...