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Tips for negotiating custody, support modifications

Parents know that children can be natural negotiators. They try to get five more minutes of TV or one more snack before bed; they can make surprisingly convincing arguments when they want something like a new phone or a puppy.

On the other hand, negotiating may not come so easily to parents. And when parents are negotiating, the stakes can be high. For instance, you may need to negotiate changes to a child custody or support agreement, as parents often resolve these matters themselves outside of court. Below are some tips for how to get the outcome you want.

Separating? Four mistakes to avoid

If you are preparing to divorce in Ontario, you likely have far more questions than answers. You may know you want to end your marriage, but you may not know the legal logistics involved. 

For instance, did you know that, in most cases, you must be living separately for one year before you can make an application for divorce? This period of separation in and of itself can come with many details you never considered. However, you can navigate this year more easily if you can avoid the following missteps:

What starting a business in Canada means for immigrants

Opening a new business is exciting, but it can also be risky. Therefore, setting up a business in a location that fosters new businesses and embraces diverse contributions to the economy is a good way to set your venture up for success.

This is why many international entrepreneurs look to Canada to start a new business.

What should we put in our prenuptial agreement?

Having a prenuptial agreement (or marriage contract) can be a wise decision for parties who are getting married and have individual assets or interests they would like to protect.

However, your prenuptial agreement must be properly drafted for it to be effective. Knowing what to include - and what not to include - can make the difference between an enforceable contract and an invalid document. So, what should you have in your prenup?

Implied status: 4 critical things to know

Individuals in Canada with a permit for temporary stay must leave the country by the expiry date. If that date is approaching and you wish to extend your stay, you can apply for a new permit. However, this application process takes time.

While you wait for a decision, you can stay in the country, even if the date on your original permit comes and goes. People in this situation will be on implied status. This can be a thorny time, so there are some crucial details to understand about implied status.

How do you divide a matrimonial home?

Ending a marriage can be a difficult experience. There are many different aspects of a separation or divorce to consider, such as how you will move forward financially, emotionally, or as co-parents if children are involved.

Deciding on who gets to keep the matrimonial home is one part of the divorce process that can become a contentious issue. As outlined on the Ontario Attorney General website, there are a couple of different ways couples can handle the division of this specific property.

Can I sponsor my girlfriend or boyfriend?

Many people hear about individuals sponsoring their husband or wife, children, or parents. However, what if you don’t have familial ties to someone you want to bring over? For many people, certain relationships are not accepted by their home countries. So how does one sponsor a domestic partner that is not a spouse?

In order to sponsor someone at all, you must meet certain requirements, as laid out on the site. There are other situational criteria as well, but the general guidelines for eligibility are that you must be:

Impaired driving: what a conviction could mean for immigrants

If you have been convicted of a “serious criminal offence”—either in Canada or abroad—it will likely lead to your inadmissibility to the country of deportation from it. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) goes to great lengths to ensure that whoever enters the country poses little risk to public safety.

For a long time, the list of offences constituting “serious criminality” fell under one of the below categories:

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