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As a divorce attorney, I've seen marriages dissolve for reasons that run from the trivial to the deadly serious. But there's one cause of divorce that seems to draw the most attention: adultery. Perhaps because we consider marriage to be a contract of love, adultery seems like the most serious abrogation of a couple's vows to each other.
I practised family law from 1985 to 2009 and was never so relieved in my life as when I finally stopped. From that vantage point, there were things that I was easily able to predict. One of them was that some men would be driven to suicide by the burdens the law thrust upon them.
Just stay off social media.
When it comes to wills/estates planning, as mentioned, the state of one's intimate relationship(s) becomes critical. Although I promised not to bore you with all of the nuances, I'm going to temporarily break that promise to name a few facts to illustrate my point:
The long-term financial health of those separating can be severely impacted as they seek to divide assets and agree upon income support payments. What many may not realize, however, is that this financial damage can lead to debt and financial challenges for not only the individuals separating, but their extended families as well.
We are marrying less. Our divorce rate continues to climb (notwithstanding Statistics Canada's claims to the contrary). What's going on? In my 35th year of practice, I am witnessing what I believe to be a tidal wave of change in our views and attitudes towards marriage and divorce.
"Getting half" is not the way it works. Instead, a one-time payment is made in order to equalize the difference between the spouses' increases in their net worth from marriage to separation. That is very different from halving everything.
Each week I will answer questions about a particular aspect of divorce law. I'll provide a basic understanding of the law and some helpful tips. I may even spice things up with an interview with a lawyer who completed a noteworthy case or even a client who's consented to having their information in the public domain.
Why do clients of divorce lawyers change lawyers so frequently? It's because they are caught in an emotional vortex, facing the unknown and dreading the journey. However, there are legitimate reasons to fire your divorce lawyer.