Ontario Divorce 101: Know the Basics

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The Divorce Process in Ontario, Step-by-Step

Going through a divorce or separation is inherently a tough process both logistically, and emotionally. Our job at Russell Alexander Family Lawyers is to ensure you go through this process with guidance and ease. Here is a simplified look at what this process consists of.

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Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce

Sometimes a divorce or separation can be relatively straight forward and simple due to the civility that each party shows. Learn the difference between couple who are in dispute and those who are “on the same page” here.

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Myths About Divorce in Ontario

When spouses faced the unexpected (and sometimes unwanted) prospect of embarking on a divorce, they often operate under pre- conceived notions as to the timing and nature of the process. There are many misconceptions about the divorce process in Ontario.

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Setting Reasonable Expectations for the Family Court Experience

Pre-conceived expectations are always evident during the divorce process and most tend to be correct. Yet, there are some factors of this process that may not be expected and we are here to help you prepare for that.

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Expecting the Unexpected (“Dirty Tricks”)

It’s no secret that divorces often go badly, and that acrimony and bad behaviour among former spouses is commonplace. In fact, divorcing spouses often resort to a whole bag of dirty tricks (and these are not limited to misleading their own lawyers). There are generally two categories of bad behaviour.

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Latin Terms to Know

Once in a while, a judge will use a few Latin terms in his or her judgment, and I sometimes wonder whether the parties to the litigation fully understand what was going on in their own legal matter, let alone anyone else reading that ruling later on. It occurred to me that there were some Latin terms that, while relatively common (at least in legal circles), still might need some explanation.

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