Q: After 20 years my spouse and I are separating. I don’t know what to do next. Everyone is giving me advice about what I am entitled too but it’s overwhelming. I feel so confused. How do I know what my rights are or what I should be doing?
A: Separating can be very traumatic. There are a lot of things you need to know. There are many laws that apply to your break up. The Family Law Act of Ontario and the Children’s Law Reform Act deal with most of them, except for your actual divorce, which is governed by the Federal Divorce Act.
These laws are complex. At some point you will probably need to retain a lawyer to help you through the process but that doesn’t mean that you can’t first learn much of the necessary information. The more you know about your rights and what to expect, the easier the process will be for you. Because you will be informed, you will have peace of mind in dealing with your spouse, and you will reduce your legal costs because you will know what information your lawyer will need so you will be able to prepare it ahead of time.
To address this need, I am pleased to offer a two part 6-hour seminar, in association with Marilyn Samuels, a Milton lawyer. The series, “Taking the Sting Out of Your Marriage Break Up” is being offered consecutive Tuesdays, November 27 and December 4, from 7 to 10 PM. The cost is $179 plus GST.
If you want to learn about your rights and responsibilities in child and spousal support, in child custody & access, how to divide your property, how to obtain a divorce, choose your lawyer and learn how to minimize your legal costs then this is the seminar for you. Space is limited so please call immediately to reserve your space.