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An Introduction to Family Law in Ontario

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What family law is about

Family law is mostly about the rights and responsibilities of spouses, parents, and children. Rights are what the law says you can get. Responsibilities are what the law says you have to do.

If you marry someone or live together as a couple, the law gives you certain rights and responsibilities towards each other, both while you are together and if your relationship ends. In Canada, same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples have the same rights to marry, live together common-law, and have or adopt children.

If you have children, you also have legal rights and responsibilities towards them, whether or not they live with you, and whether or not you live with or are married to their other parent.