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Divorce During COVID-19: Delays in changes to the Divorce Act

On June 5, 2020, the federal government announced that the pending changes to the Divorce Act will be delayed to March 1, 2021, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes were originally scheduled to come into effect on July 1, 2020, in accordance with Bill C-78. With the government focused on the pandemic, leaders…

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Divorce During COVID-19: Reopening Courts

Since March 16, 2020, regular court operations in Ontario have been suspended due to COVID-19. In-person and virtual court attendances have generally been limited to urgent matters. Limitation periods and litigation deadlines have been suspended. This suspension has significantly impacted litigants’ ability to take procedural steps before the courts. On Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in…

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Divorce During COVID-19: Decline in Assets & Property

During a divorce, if your date of separation was pre-COVID-19, you may have experienced a sharp decline in the value of your assets post-separation.  This applies whether you invest in the stock market, real estate market or if you own your own business.  Is it fair that an owner-spouse alone must suffer this market-driven loss,…

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Do I have to pay spousal support when I retire?

Often upon separation spouses will learn that some financial interdependency will continue to exist between them; but spousal support may continue after you retire. Often upon separation spouses will learn that some financial interdependency will continue to exist between them. What they may not know is when or how this sustained dependency may change or…

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