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.
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.
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.