Category: For women

Family Court and Beyond: New website, new workbook, new workshops from Luke’s Place

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We’re excited to announce the launch of our latest initiative, Family Court and Beyond. Designed for women who are leaving abusive relationships and are involved in family court processes, this package offers a wide array of information and tools. The

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Do I qualify for spousal support?

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This is the third in a 3-part series on women’s financial rights and responsibilities when a relationship ends. Part 1 looked at property division and Part 2 covered determining the date of separation. Whether you are married or living common-law

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How do I determine the date we separated?

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This is the second in a 3-part series on women’s financial rights and responsibilities when a relationship ends. Part 1 looks at property division and Part 3 discusses spousal support. Determining the date of separation is not always easy. Some

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What are my rights when it comes to property division?

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This is the first in a 3-part series on women’s financial rights and responsibilities when a relationship ends. Part 2 looks at determining the date of separation and Part 3 discusses spousal support. Historically, men have tended to manage the

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What is financial abuse?

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You may have been subjected to financial abuse during your relationship, and it may be continuing now that you have left. This kind of abuse is common, and can take many forms, including: Your partner controls the money and makes

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How can I co-parent safely with an abusive ex-partner?

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To maintain their control, abusers often seek shared custody of the children when the relationship ends. Today’s Parent interviewed Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, and other Canadian experts on ways to co-parent with an abusive-ex-partner. These include: Making a

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What is the Hague Convention and how can it help if my ex-partner takes our children out of Canada?

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The Hague Convention is a tool to assist in having children returned who have been wrongfully removed from one jurisdiction that has signed the Convention to another that has also signed it. It is an international treaty, the full name

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DomesticShelters.org spotlight on Luke’s Place: The only center of its kind in Canada and the U.S.

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DomesticShelters.org is the largest searchable directory of domestic violence services in Canada and the US. This site is full of helpful tools and information for people who are subjected to or are working to end intimate partner abuse. On December

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How can I explain the family court process to my client?

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A family court case can be confusing to anyone who is not familiar with the process. For a woman who is dealing with trauma as a result of past and ongoing abuse by her partner, it may be completely overwhelming.

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What is child support?

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The law requires both parents to contribute to the financial support of their children regardless of who is living with the children. Most commonly, the parent with whom the child lives will receive child support from the other parent. Step-parents

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