Spousal Support - Separation & Divorce

The decision to end a marriage or partnership can be a very difficult one, particularly if there are children involved. When a couple decides to separate, often times financial support for either an ex-spouse or children needs to be addressed, and there is not a one-size-fits-all solution for all couples. Spousal support refers to the amount of money that one spouse or common-law partner pays to the other, following a separation or divorce. A judge will decide if, and how much, spousal support is to be paid, using federal guidelines set out in the Divorce Act, which is a Canada-wide ruling. If you would like more information on spousal support, the guidelines around it, how to calculate and determine spousal support amounts, or if you are in need of a mediator or lawyer to help you settle on spousal support payment amounts and terms, we have the resources you need.

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Spousal Maintenance

Discussion Paper

Spousal Support

Separation and Divorce

Divorce in the Golden Years

Estate Planning, Spousal Support, and Retirement Issues for Clients at Midlife and Beyond

This manual details how to handle a divorcing couple's assets while also considering issues related to their age or length of their marriage. It explains how this couple is affected by the established estate plan, intestacy and the issues raised when a divorcing client or spouse dies without a will, as well as other complicating factors such as medical directives, spousal support, and retirement plans. Include covering relevant issues by state, forms and checklists.

Separation Agreements and Ante-nuptial Contracts

Out-of-state Divorce. Tax Considerations. Related Forms

Surviving Your Divorce

A Guide to Canadian Family Law

Trusted advice to help you through your divorce or separation. Divorce doesn't have to be messy and bitter to be difficult. Even the most amicable break-ups are tough for everyone concerned. It's hard to understand and deal with the legal and financial consequences of a marriage breakdown in such an emotionally charged time. Surviving Your Divorce is the breakthrough book that takes readers past the legal jargon of divorce and offers clear and candid guidance on how to survive a divorce or separation legally, financially, and emotionally. It combines essential information about the law with practical advice on everyday issues.

Divorce & Money

How to Make the Best Financial Decisions During Divorce

All the information you need to split assets, easily and fairly. Especially in uncertain economic times, divorce isn’t simple. Turn to Divorce & Money, the acclaimed guide to evaluating and dividing assets during divorce, to avoid making financial mistakes that could affect you for the rest of your life. Learn how to: understand how a court evaluates assets determine the value of real estate and other assets negotiate a comprehensive settlement decide whether to keep or sell the house agree on fair child support understand how much, if any, alimony is appropriate divide debts fairly divide retirement benefits,and achieve financial stability after divorce. Divorce & Money shows you how to take control of your financial life during and after divorce—and avoid costly court fights.

Canadian Family Law

A CANADIAN BESTSELLER FULLY REVISED AND UPDATED For more than 30 years, Canadian Family Law has helped us to understand the legal issues surrounding marriage, separation and divorce, child custody and support. Now in its tenth edition, Canadian Family Law provides information on recent developments in family law, such as same-sex marriage, alternative dispute resolution and child support. Among the topics covered are: The rights and obligations of marriage The components of a separation agreement Spousal support Child support and the new guidelines Guiding principles regarding custody of children Property rights and division of property The divorce procedure Domestic contracts The enforcement of agreements Mediation and arbitration A comparative analysis of family law statutes. Illustrated with case studies, Canadian Family Law is the standard reference guide that people who are contemplating marriage, or separation and divorce, turn to for informative, readable and authoritative commentary.

Divorce Agreements Simplified

This valuable guide contains everything necessary to make the preparation of a divorce settlement agreement as painless as possible. Includes questionnaires, instructions and forms.

Divorce 101

A Woman's Guide to Divorce

"DIVORCE 101: A Woman's Guide to Divorce" is packed with practical answers to your questions about divorce. Written in plain English, with easy to follow chapters, this guide can empower you with the knowledge to make informed decisions when your marriage ends. It will show you how to plan and manage your divorce, giving you the confidence necessary to: Safeguard yourself before you ever meet with a lawyer. Collect and organize the vital information needed in your divorce. Choose the best lawyer for your case. Understand your current financial situation. Establish the bottom line so that you receive your fair share. Make money smart choices about assets and debts. Negotiate effectively with your husband without being intimidated. Understand child custody issues to create a customized parenting plan. Manage everything once your divorce is finalized. DIVORCE 101 is tailored to meet the needs of women who desire direction during their divorce. It can help you understand the legal process, get a grip on your situation, and improve your ability to make good decisions. Instead of struggling through your divorce, gain the necessary knowledge to take control of it.

Divorce For Dummies

Since Divorce For Dummies, 2nd Edition published in 2005, there have been considerable changes in collaborative divorces, common law marriages, same sex marriages, visitation, and even custody laws (from children to pets). Divorce For Dummies, 3rd Edition includes 25 percent new, revised, and refreshed material covering all of the above.

Divorce, Separation and the Distribution of Property

The book discusses existing rules in the various states relating to the enforcement of premarital or postnuptial agreements regarding the parties' rights if they divorce.

Divorce in Wisconsin

The Legal Process, Your Rights, and What to Expect

Providing accurate and objective information to help make the right decisions during a divorce in Wisconsin, this guide provides answers to 360 queries such as What is the mediation process in Wisconsin and is it required? How quickly can one get a divorce? Who decides who gets the cars, the pets, and the house? What actions might influence child custody? How are bills divided and paid during the divorce? How much will a divorce cost? and Will a spouse have to pay some or all attorney fees? Structured in a question-and-answer format, this divorce handbook provides clear and concise responses to help build confidence and give the peace of mind needed to meet the challenges of a divorce proceeding in the state of Wisconsin.

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Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton (The) - Levels Separation and Divorce Support Program

Self-help groups available for Catholics who are separated, divorced or widowed.

Women's Centre of Halton (The) - Support Groups and Workshops - Oakville

Provides various support groups for women in crisis, distress or transition to effect positive change

Assertiveness Training:
* learn how to ask for and receive the things you want from life
* practice communication skills to be more assertive at work, in relationships and other areas of your life

Self-awareness group:
* participants learn how to identify harmful patterns and develop skills to improve relationships by communicating their needs more effectively without guilt, shame or fear

Depression and anxiety support group:
* come together with other women and learn tools to help cope with depression and anxiety

Self-esteem Series:
* focuses on making positive changes and facing challenges head on
* provides the opportunity to foster friendships, build confidence and promote positive thinking

Separation and Divorce:
* walks participants through the emotional stages of separating and divorcing an intimate partner (grief, anger, devastation)
in a safe, supportive caring group environment
* a chance to share concerns and connect with other women

Divorce Financial workshop:
* a divorce financial analyst discusses financial mistakes women can avoid
* topics include selling or keeping your home, support payments, income tax, banking and credit

Family Law 101:
* one day seminar introducing the basics of Family law and covering everything women need to know about separation and divorce
* topics include property division, spousal support, child custody and access, separation agreements and child support

Stress reduction:
* helps participants manage their stress and teaches strategies to work through the challenges of everyday life

Coffee and conversation:
* join the group for lighthearted conversation and snacks

Self care:
* a monthly drop-in workshop for participants to learn ways to practice self care in the midst of all of the chaos

Women's Centre of Halton (The) - Support Groups and Workshops - Oakville

Provides various support groups for women in crisis, distress or transition to effect positive change

Assertiveness Training:
* learn how to ask for and receive the things you want from life
* practice communication skills to be more assertive at work, in relationships and other areas of your life

Self-awareness group:
* participants learn how to identify harmful patterns and develop skills to improve relationships by communicating their needs more effectively without guilt, shame or fear

Depression and anxiety support group:
* come together with other women and learn tools to help cope with depression and anxiety

Self-esteem Series:
* focuses on making positive changes and facing challenges head on
* provides the opportunity to foster friendships, build confidence and promote positive thinking

Separation and Divorce:
* walks participants through the emotional stages of separating and divorcing an intimate partner (grief, anger, devastation)
in a safe, supportive caring group environment
* a chance to share concerns and connect with other women

Divorce Financial workshop:
* a divorce financial analyst discusses financial mistakes women can avoid
* topics include selling or keeping your home, support payments, income tax, banking and credit

Family Law 101:
* one day seminar introducing the basics of Family law and covering everything women need to know about separation and divorce
* topics include property division, spousal support, child custody and access, separation agreements and child support

Stress reduction:
* helps participants manage their stress and teaches strategies to work through the challenges of everyday life

Coffee and conversation:
* join the group for lighthearted conversation and snacks

Self care:
* a monthly drop-in workshop for participants to learn ways to practice self care in the midst of all of the chaos

Women's Centre of Halton (The) - Support Groups and Workshops - Oakville

Provides various support groups for women in crisis, distress or transition to effect positive change

Assertiveness Training:
* learn how to ask for and receive the things you want from life
* practice communication skills to be more assertive at work, in relationships and other areas of your life

Self-awareness group:
* participants learn how to identify harmful patterns and develop skills to improve relationships by communicating their needs more effectively without guilt, shame or fear

Depression and anxiety support group:
* come together with other women and learn tools to help cope with depression and anxiety

Self-esteem Series:
* focuses on making positive changes and facing challenges head on
* provides the opportunity to foster friendships, build confidence and promote positive thinking

Separation and Divorce:
* walks participants through the emotional stages of separating and divorcing an intimate partner (grief, anger, devastation)
in a safe, supportive caring group environment
* a chance to share concerns and connect with other women

Divorce Financial workshop:
* a divorce financial analyst discusses financial mistakes women can avoid
* topics include selling or keeping your home, support payments, income tax, banking and credit

Family Law 101:
* one day seminar introducing the basics of Family law and covering everything women need to know about separation and divorce
* topics include property division, spousal support, child custody and access, separation agreements and child support

Stress reduction:
* helps participants manage their stress and teaches strategies to work through the challenges of everyday life

Coffee and conversation:
* join the group for lighthearted conversation and snacks

Self care:
* a monthly drop-in workshop for participants to learn ways to practice self care in the midst of all of the chaos

Women's Centre of Halton (The) - Support Groups and Workshops - Oakville

Provides various support groups for women in crisis, distress or transition to effect positive change

Assertiveness Training:
* learn how to ask for and receive the things you want from life
* practice communication skills to be more assertive at work, in relationships and other areas of your life

Self-awareness group:
* participants learn how to identify harmful patterns and develop skills to improve relationships by communicating their needs more effectively without guilt, shame or fear

Depression and anxiety support group:
* come together with other women and learn tools to help cope with depression and anxiety

Self-esteem Series:
* focuses on making positive changes and facing challenges head on
* provides the opportunity to foster friendships, build confidence and promote positive thinking

Separation and Divorce:
* walks participants through the emotional stages of separating and divorcing an intimate partner (grief, anger, devastation)
in a safe, supportive caring group environment
* a chance to share concerns and connect with other women

Divorce Financial workshop:
* a divorce financial analyst discusses financial mistakes women can avoid
* topics include selling or keeping your home, support payments, income tax, banking and credit

Family Law 101:
* one day seminar introducing the basics of Family law and covering everything women need to know about separation and divorce
* topics include property division, spousal support, child custody and access, separation agreements and child support

Stress reduction:
* helps participants manage their stress and teaches strategies to work through the challenges of everyday life

Coffee and conversation:
* join the group for lighthearted conversation and snacks

Self care:
* a monthly drop-in workshop for participants to learn ways to practice self care in the midst of all of the chaos

Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice - Supportive Care

The program offer compassionate, non-judgemental bereavement support, to individuals and families experiencing loss.

Mediation Centre of Hamilton

Offers comprehensive family mediation services to families experiencing separation, divorce and remarriage. Referral can be made by individuals involved, lawyers, the court, or agencies. Also provides child protection mediation for families involved with a Children's Aid Society. Also provides elder mediation services assisting families with challenges such as working out a plan of care for a elderly parent or addressing estate disputes.

Ontario. Ministry of the Attorney General, Court Services - On-Site Mediation Services - Hamilton Central - Family Court

Family mediation is a form of dispute resolution where a neutral third party, called a mediator, assists the disputing parties to reach an informed and voluntary agreement on issues such as how to separate, parenting plans, and child and spousal support.

* Available on-site at Family Court for parties on the day of their first appearance, case or settlement or trial management conference, or motion.
* Off-site mediation is also available for parties who need more time or who don't have court proceedings started. Contact us for more information.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton (The) - Family Ministry Office

Offers support and encourages growth in family relationships primarily through education and self-help with a variety of volunteer-supported programs.

Ontario. Ministry of the Attorney General, Court Services - Family Court – Litigation Department - Hamilton Central - Family Court

Holds records of divorces obtained in the last 25 years. Records prior to 25 years are archived but still obtainable.

Ontario. Ministry of the Attorney General, Court Services - Family Law Information Centre - Hamilton Central - Family Court

A drop-in service that provides legal and non-legal information, regarding family law issues, such as separation and divorce. Services include guides, procedures, information and referral services, Mandatory Information Program (MIP), court-connected mediation services (on-site and off-site) and an advice lawyer.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton (The) - Retrouvaille Marriage Support Program

Program is designed to support marriages in crisis and can be of assistance to couples who have separated, but are willing to work on their relationship to help repair the difficulties that exist.