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4 social media mistakes that could affect your divorce

Using social media is something many people do numerous times every day. And it can become even more common during difficult events, like a divorce.

However, it can be wise to consider curbing social media use during a divorce. Too often, people say or do things online that adversely affect themselves, their families, their ex or the legal process. This can be particularly true when people make the following mistakes.

What Can You Do If Your Ex-Partner Moves Away With Your Children?

It’s perhaps a parent’s worst nightmare. Your ex-partner is your children’s custodial parent. You go for your scheduled visit with your children, only to find that they and your ex-partner are no longer live in their home. Another family lives there instead, and they do not have a forwarding address for your ex-partner. You have no idea where they might have gone.

You are contacting the police when your ex-partner contacts you. They have relocated to another province. Your ex-partner has better employment there. They did not ask you for permission to move because you could refuse to allow them to move with the children.

Are you truly receiving a fair amount of child support?

Many Ontario parents are required to make child support payments in hopes of ensuring their children are able to maintain a normal lifestyle. When determining child support amounts, a judge will look at the total amount of each parent's gross income along with how many children there are to support in order to determine which parent will be the payor and the amount of child support owed.

The one who ultimately pays child support has to be transparent about all income and must provide proof of such by way of pay stubs, income tax returns and anything else that shows income. But what if you suspect that your former partner is hiding assets so that they don't figure into what he or she is supposed to pay for your children, and what are the clues that this is actually happening?

Can your child decide which parent will have custody?

Perhaps one of the most painful decisions you have made is the one to end your marriage. Undoubtedly, you sought counsel from many sources before determining that divorce is the best solution. However, this one decision opens the way for many more questions you must answer, including those involving property division, debt division and child custody.

Ontario laws are slowly changing, and it is no longer a given that family courts will order custody solely to the mother. In fact, it is more likely that the courts will make every effort to provide a balance of custody between both parents since this arrangement is often more beneficial for the child. This can make child custody issues much more complicated, and you may be like many parents who consider allowing the child to make the decision.

Considerations for selling the family home during your divorce

Nobody marries with the intention to divorce. Unfortunately, not all Ontario couples are destined to live happily ever after, and regardless of the reasons to end a marriage, it will almost always be a daunting process. If you are in the throes of a divorce, you will likely find that at least one adviser will tell you to leave emotions at the door and deal with the process as you would with a business transaction.

Typically, one of the most contentious and emotionally challenging areas of a divorce is the division of the marital assets. How divorcing spouses handle any shared real estate properties during this time, especially the potential selling of the family home, can have a drastic impact on each party's financial future.

Understanding the facts about spousal support

Depending upon your financial circumstances, when you and your spouse sign your divorce papers, you may find that you need financial help from your former spouse or he or she might need that help from you. This support pertains to couples -- same-sex as well -- who are legally married or who have been living in a common law relationship. If you earn more than your former spouse, you may be required to pay spousal support.

It's usually the spouse who earns more who is called the payor. However, spousal support payments aren't automatic. If you're likely to be on the receiving end -- or the payee -- you have to be entitled to receive support. Essentially, spousal support tries to ensure that one spouse doesn't experience undue financial hardship and that he or she is able to maintain a similar lifestyle going forward.

Creating a cohabitation agreement as a common law partner

These days, many Ontario couples forego the marriage ceremony and opt, instead, to cohabit. If you are considering this option as a common law partner, you may want to strongly consider having something in place to safeguard your interests while living together, just in case you should ever break up.

A cohabitation agreement formally spells out the particulars of your financial relationship. These agreements cover such things as spousal support and the division of property and assets if your relationship should end.

Kitchener couples: be ready if a relationship meets its Waterloo

When someone tells you something that sounds too good to be true, and, in fact, that is how it often turns out, a common reaction is to say, "Can I get that in writing?" While the question is usually a good-natured jest, there are times when it really is best to get an agreement written down, get it signed and even get it witnessed.

There is a time in many people's lives when things really do seem too good to be true, and that's when a romantic relationship is in full bloom. Sometimes love can last a lifetime, but there are no guarantees, unfortunately. Whether you are about to marry your love or you are planning to cohabit in a committed relationship, a binding domestic contract or agreement might be a very good idea. 

High-asset divorce - Good reasons to stay out of court

Higher-income couples have more financial resources at their disposal, but being judicious about spending is still a going concern - especially when it comes to divorce.

If you fall into a higher wealth bracket, a prenuptial agreement could prove invaluable at the end of a relationship. But if you didn't draft one, you may be able to use out-of-court alternatives and strategic property division tactics to avoid a messy divorce. Here's why court is less than ideal, what alternatives exist and whey these make good sense.

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