My partner and I are common law. Do I have the same rights as a married person?

Many women in common-law relationships believe they have exactly the same legal rights as women who are married. While there are many commonalities, there are some important differences, especially with respect to the way in which property is divided if

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Durham Walk for Charity postponed until October 29

We would like to thank all our supporters of Luke’s Place in Durham Community Foundation’s Walk for Charity originally scheduled for Saturday, June 24th.  Due to unforeseen circumstances the organizers at the Foundation have had to postpone this event until

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Luke’s Place Is Hiring

Luke’s Place is seeking a full time, experienced Administrative Assistant to provide professional administrative support to the delivery of its innovative programs and services to women and their advocates. Our office is located in Oshawa, Ontario. Download the job posting

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Case law: The costs of unwillingness to settle

In Jackson v Mayerle (2016 ONSC 1556), Justice Pazaratz has written another colourful decision, this time in a case where the mother refused to accept a number of offers to settle presented by the father and, after a 36-day trial

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What is spousal support and am I eligible?

The goal of spousal support is to encourage the financial independence of both spouses as appropriate in the circumstances of the relationship. For example, where one spouse stayed at home to raise the children or had to change jobs frequently

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If I leave my partner, how will our property be divided?

Property division for people who are married Marriage is considered to be a partnership, with each spouse making equal, if different, contributions and sharing equally in the family’s property if the partnership ends. This includes property acquired during the years

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Case law: “Marriage-like” relationships, spousal support and the division of assets

Kneller v Greenwood 2015 BCSC 1410, a British Columbia case, explores what elements must be present for a relationship to be considered “marriage-like” for the purposes of division of family assets and spousal support. While there are differences between the

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Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention conference

Join Luke’s Place at the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention conference October 18-19 in London, Ontario. Hosted by Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations, the conference has 4 themes: Working with Indigenous; rural, remote & northern; immigrant & refugee

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How can I support a client who has left a forced marriage?

Forced marriage is a practice in which a marriage takes place without the free consent of either or both of the people getting married. Arranged marriage can appear similar to forced marriage, inasmuch as family members are involved in selecting

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The Special Needs of Survivors of Family Violence in the Family Court Process: Comments on Justice Bonkalo’s “Family Legal Services Review”

A significant portion of all cases in family court involve family violence. Any changes to court process must examine the needs of these families. Luke’s Place and the Barbra Schlifer Clinic have a unique perspective on the complex realities of

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