When you are getting a divorce or separation from your spouse in Ontario, you can get economic support or property. It will depend on how you got married, legally, or a common-law relationship.
When are you entitled for spousal & child support in Ontario?
When you got married legally or you have been in a common-law relationship for at least 3 years without children then it is applicable by the law that you can get spousal support from a formal spouse.
If you have children living with you then you can also get child support. All spousal and child support orders are executed by the FRO (Family Responsibility Office).
How are child support & spousal support payments made in Ontario?
When the payer (the person who pays for the child support) lives in the country that has signed the agreement with the Ontario government, the FRO can collect the support from him/her but if the payer is living in a country that has not signed an agreement with the Ontario government then FRO can not help you. When you find that you can get a spousal or child support then you must hire a lawyer to help you.
What happens to your property that you lived in?
If you are married, one has to pay an equalization payment to the spouse. But if you were common-law married then in most cases you will not have such rights and each spouse gets the assets in their name. It is better to hire a family lawyer as there will be many rules, regulations, and limitations. A lawyer can provide the best solutions in such conditions.
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