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Resources and Publications

Renting a place to live (Fact sheet)
(
May
2014
)

This resource offers basic information to tenants about how much rent a landlord can charge, deposits and payments a tenant might have to make before moving in, and other rules landlords and tenants must follow. There is also information about discrimination, moving out, taking legal action if a landlord breaks the rules, and where to get referral information in many languages.

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Separation and Divorce or Death of a Spouse: Property Division
(
May
2017
)

This resource explains the basic rules for property division between separating married spouses, their rights and obligations with respect to the matrimonial home, and what happens to property if one spouse dies. It also explains the different situation of common-law spouses. There are sections on responsibility for debts, division of CPP credits, and written agreements. The publication closes with detailed information on where to find legal assistance.

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Separation and Divorce: Child Custody, Access, and Parenting Plans
(
August
2016
)

When parents separate or divorce, they have to put in place a parenting plan covering where the children will live, how much time the children will spend with each parent, and who will make major decisions about raising the children. This publication discusses different custody and access arrangements, how to get help to work out a parenting plan, and how judges and arbitrators make these decisions if the parents cannot agree. The publication closes with detailed information on where to find legal assistance.

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Separation and Divorce: Child Support
(
January
2017
)

When parents separate or divorce, issues about how to pay the expenses of raising their children arise. This publication discusses who has a legal responsibility to pay child support, as well as how to calculate the basic amount to be paid and other factors that can affect the amount of support, such as the child’s living arrangements and special expenses. The publication also explains how to enforce payment of child support and has a section about parents on social assistance. It closes with detailed information on where to find legal assistance.

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Separation and Divorce: Spousal Support
(
April
2017
)

This publication looks at spousal support for married or common-law partners who are divorcing or separating, including the factors that affect whether spousal support must be paid, in what amount, and for how long. It also contains information about spouses who are on social assistance, and how to enforce payment of support. It closes with detailed information on where to find legal assistance.

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Social assistance rules about couples: What you need to know if you live with someone
(
January
2016
)

This resource talks about how spouses who live together must qualify for social assistance as a couple. It explains how Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program decide whether two adults who live together are spouses. Topics include applying while living with someone, being on assistance when someone moves in, living separately from a spouse, and being accused of living with someone.

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Steps in a Family Law Case
(
October
2015
)

Three interactive flowcharts to help people understand and work through the family law process:

  • Before you start, which takes people through the opening stages, including issues families need to think about and ways to resolve their issues
  • As an Applicant in a family court case
  • As a Respondent in a family court case
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Steps to Justice bookmark
Steps to Justice bookmark

Bookmark size: 2" x 6"

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Steps to Justice poster
Steps to Justice poster

Poster size: 8 1/2" x 11"

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Taking time off work: Pregnancy and parental leaves and benefits
(
February
2017
)

This resource explains pregnancy and parental leaves under Ontario law and pregnancy and parental Employment Insurance (EI) benefits for new and expecting parents. Charts show the number of weeks of EI benefits and time off work that birth parents and adopting parents can receive if they qualify.

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