By Farah Sidi, Lawyer, Galbraith Family Law

Although legislation may seem quite uninteresting to many, it does have a very significant impact on families separating in Canada and the outcomes of family law matters. Legislation reflects how the family structure is viewed in society and when laws are not updated or modernized in the way

I have had several clients ask me if their case is truly “urgent” and if it can be heard by a judge during the COVID-19 crisis. Right now, since Family Courts in Ontario are all closed, only the most urgent cases are being heard by the Courts. However, the legal definition of “urgency” is different

I’m surprised at the number of married clients who tell me they either haven’t been involved in the family finances, or they don’t know what their spouse owns.  In many of these cases, their partner was secretive, or dismissive or evasive when faced with questions about the family, the business or their own finances.

Money problems are at the root of many separations I’ve seen.  Even if it wasn’t the primary cause, conflict over money often plays an essential role in arguments and builds the level of distrust, leading a couple to decide to separate.  So, it’s no surprise when money struggles plague the separation process.


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What is Financial Disclosure?

Are contemplating a separation or divorce? One of the most important procedural steps you can anticipate is the exchange of full and frank financial disclosure. Family law legislation requires both parties to have sworn financial statements including supporting documentation. The forms needed for this process depend on whether the resolution of issues includes both property and support considerations, or just support.


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Do you want to save money and get through your divorce with as little pain (financial and emotional) as possible? Okay… dumb question… everybody does.

The challenge is "how?"

"Negotiate" is the simple answer but how do you negotiate with someone you don’t trust, respect and can’t communicate well with? Some lucky few are able to negotiate on