While we have extensive knowledge of the legal aspects of family law matters, we also know that divorce can be emotionally trying. Because of the sensitive nature of our work, we give our clients straight answers and keep them informed every step of the way.
A divorce is the legal process of ending a marriage. Lawyers and Judges in Ontario are required to ask each spouse if there is any chance of reconciliation and, if both want to do so, to refer the couple to Marriage Counselling.
If you wish to remarry following a divorce, you will need a certificate of divorce before you can obtain another marriage licence.
There is only one ground for divorce: marriage breakdown, which can be proven in one of three ways:
- one year of living ‘separate and apart’
- physical and mental cruelty
While you can start your divorce proceedings at any time after your separation, your divorce will not become final until you and your spouse have been separated for one year.
It is important to note that a Judge can refuse to grant a divorce if he or she is not satisfied that the appropriate amount of child support is being paid for the children.
Common Law relationships
When two people in a relationship have cohabited as spouses but are not formally married to one another, they also have certain rights upon separation. In Ontario, you must live together continuously for 3 years or have a child together and have maintained a relationship of some permanence in order to be considered common law spouses and eligible for spousal support.
Experienced London Divorce Lawyer
Peter D. Eberlie will provide you with clear guidance and recommendations based on more than 40 years of Family Law experience. We encourage amicable resolution of divorce and other family issues whenever possible. We will meet with the other party in an attempt to negotiate or mediate a settlement of the disputed issues. The vast majority of our cases are resolved outside of Court, saving our clients’ time, money and emotional stress.
To arrange a consultation with an experienced London divorce lawyer, contact our law firm at 519-473-8988 or send us an email, and we will be in touch with you.