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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...

Fact Sheet: Common Access Problems

by Pamela Cross, LLB It is not uncommon for an abuser to cause ongoing difficulties with custody and access. This can happen even when the order is clear and detailed. Understandably, women are often...

Fact Sheet: Child Support

by Pamela Cross, LLB Child support is the money paid by the parent who spends less time with the child to the parent who has primary responsibility for the child.  It is used to pay for costs...

Fact Sheet: Child Protection

Child protection does not arise in every family law case involving woman abuse. However, it often comes up.  Sometimes, there are concerns about children being exposed to the abuse their mothers...

Fact Sheet: Alternative Dispute Resolution

by Pamela Cross, LLB There are a number of ways to resolve the disputes that arise on relationship breakdown that do not involve going to court. The most common are mediation, collaborative law and...

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