Ontario Family Law Podcast
One of the most frequent mistakes people make about Ontario Family Law is thinking that becoming common law is exactly the same as being married. However, as discussed in previous episodes of this podcast, that is just simply not the case. Being common law is very different from being married. One of the biggest ways that it is different is with respect to property division. If you are common law do NOT assume everything is divided 50/50. Sometimes, property division between common law couples can seem like the Wild West. In some ways, it is. This podcast gives an in-depth, comprehensive, explanation of how common law couples can divide their property when the relationship ends, and how they do not. It also explains other Family Law remedies that can help out when the property division is unfair.
This episode of the podcast is, in part, a live recording of a seminar on the topic of mistakes that common law couples make when separating. Their are slides that assist with the understanding of some of these complex topics. On the iTunes version of the podcast, the “slides” will appear on your screen while you listen. Those slides are also shown to the left of this text if you are listening to this podcast through the webpage on your desktop. If you are listening through the webpage on your mobile device, look for the slides below.
Being common law, instead of married, can make property division much more complicated on separation. One partner may have no entitlement in law to share in anything that the couple accumulated during their relationship. But, the partner who just “walks away” may be giving up too much. If you have, or are about to, separate from your common law spouse, listen to this podcast and then speak to a family law lawyer to determine your rights and obligations in your particular circumstances.
For more information about what it means to be “common law” in Ontario, check out episode #20 of this podcast: “What Living Common Law Means (and What It Doesn’t.”
Thousands of people tune into the Ontario Family Law Podcast every month to get valuable pointers on family law, divorce and separation issues. It is also available on iTunes. The Ontario Family Law Podcast is a companion to this easy-to-understand book on the Basics of Ontario Family Law, which is also available as a $9.99 ebook from Amazon (Canada) and Kobo or as and iBook for iPad, iPhone or Mac For a more comprehensive explanation to family law issues, and a guide to Ontario’s Family Courts, download a copy immediately, or order a copy from Amazon, or request it at your favourite bookstore.
The host of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, John Schuman, is a Certified Specialist in Family Law and Divorce Trial Lawyer, mediator, arbitrator and collaborative lawyer, practicing in Toronto at Devry Smith Frank LLP, which is a full service law firm with several excellent lawyers in family law. If you would like to contact John Schuman, either call 416-446-5847, email him or fill out form below and click “send.” We respond promptly whenever someone contacts us.
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