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When parents separate or divorce, they have to put in place a parenting plan covering where the children will live, how much time the children will spend with each parent, and who will make major decisions about raising the children. This publication discusses different custody and access arrangements, how to get help to work out a parenting plan, and how judges and arbitrators make these decisions if the parents cannot agree. The publication closes with detailed information on where to find legal assistance.
When parents separate or divorce, issues about how to pay the expenses of raising their children arise. This publication discusses who has a legal responsibility to pay child support, as well as how to calculate the basic amount to be paid and other factors that can affect the amount of support, such as the child’s living arrangements and special expenses. The publication also explains how to enforce payment of child support and has a section about parents on social assistance. It closes with detailed information on where to find legal assistance.
This publication looks at spousal support for married or common-law partners who are divorcing or separating, including the factors that affect whether spousal support must be paid, in what amount, and for how long. It also contains information about spouses who are on social assistance, and how to enforce payment of support. It closes with detailed information on where to find legal assistance.
This resource talks about how spouses who live together must qualify for social assistance as a couple. It explains how Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program decide whether two adults who live together are spouses. Topics include applying while living with someone, being on assistance when someone moves in, living separately from a spouse, and being accused of living with someone.
Three interactive flowcharts to help people understand and work through the family law process:
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This resource explains pregnancy and parental leaves under Ontario law and maternity and parental Employment Insurance (EI) benefits for new and expecting parents. It explains the number of weeks of EI benefits and time off work that birth parents and adopting parents can receive if they qualify, including new options that became available in December 2017.
Criminals use telephone and internet scams to trick people into giving them money or personal information like credit card and bank account numbers. This publication explains how to recognize and protect yourself against common scams, and what to do if you fall victim to a scam.
In Ontario, it is illegal for sellers to use “unfair practices” to get consumers to buy their goods or services. This publication explains what unfair practices are, what kinds of sales are covered by this law, and your legal rights when a seller uses an unfair practice.
Disclaimer: This site contains general legal information for people in Ontario, Canada. It is not intended to be used as legal advice for a specific legal problem.