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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Luke’s Place Virtual Legal Clinic expands serving more rural and remote communities

Luke’s Place is delighted to announce that our Virtual Legal Clinic will expand into Northwestern Ontario and rural Eastern Ontario. Thanks to the Law Foundation of Ontario for funding this second phase! The Luke’s Place Virtual Legal Clinic connects woman

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Basic facts about marriage and divorce

People must be at least 18 years of age to marry in Ontario. People as young as 16 years of age can marry if they have the written consent of both sets of parents. People of the same sex can

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What is Ontario doing to address violence against Indigenous women?

Indigenous communities in Ontario have worked collaboratively with the provincial government to develop Walking Together: Ontario’s Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women. Why? The strategy is built on the recognition that First Nation, Metis and Inuit women in

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My ex-partner is using family court to continue harassing me. Is this legal bullying?

One particular example of the ongoing abuse many women experience when they leave their partner is legal bullying, especially in family court. This abuse/bullying can take many forms. One of the most common is that the abuser decides to represent

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Support Luke’s Place in the Durham Walk for Charity

Please join Luke’s Place in the 2017 Durham Community Foundation’s Walk for Charity on Saturday, June 24th 10am at Rotary Park Pavilion in Ajax. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $25 and includes a BBQ lunch. Register on the DCF

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