Losing Your Cottage To Your Spouse in Divorce


Even though your cottage may have been in your family for generations, it can be particularly vulnerable during a divorce.  Since the cottage can be a matrimonial home, your spouse can have the legal right to continue to use your cottage after separation and may be able to employ various strategies to get ownership of it through the property division process.  On the other hand, a spouse may not want to “separate” from a cottage after pouring his or her heart and soul into that “peace of paradise” even though it is owned entirely by his or her ex-spouse and family.  Many people are surprised at just how easy it can be to lose a cottage in the Ontario Divorce process.


In this informative video, Certified Specialist in Family Law, Divorce Lawyer John Schuman, explains how cottages can be at risk in a divorce   He also explains the steps you can take to protect your ownership of the cottage and everything that is at the cottage and how you can gain an interest in a cottage you do now own through your own hard work. In addition, John gives over how when Ontario’s Family Law results in a spouse losing a cottage unfairly, there are ways to correct that unfairness.  


To more specifics on why ex-spouses can keep using the cottage after divorce, check out this page on cottages, ex-spouses and divorces.

Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law Best Seller


If you need more information about how to protect your cottage or your assets after separation, pick up John’s best selling, easy-to-understand $20 book on the Basics of Ontario Family Law.  It explains the law in more detail, gives some tips on what to do when the property division is working out badly, and sets out how to protect yourself whether you are dealing with your divorce in or outside of court.  The book is not only available as paperback, but also as a $9.99 e-book for KindleKobo, or iPad/iPhone/Mac.  

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You may also want to listen to the Ontario Family Law Podcast episodes on:


But the best way to protect yourself (and your cottage and other things and people that are important to you) is to find out how the law applies specifically to your situation and what steps you should take to get things to work out for you. Contact Certified Specialist in Family Law (and author of the book above), John Schuman, by emailing him, calling 416-446-5847, or using the contact form below.  We answer all inquiries promptly and we can arrange for you to come in quickly for a consultation (charged at a reduced hourly rate). 

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