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Resources and Publications

Separation and Divorce or Death of a Spouse: Property Division
(
March
2021
)

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 Support
(
March
2021
)

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
(
March
2021
)

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
(
October
2017
)

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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Spousal support when you are on OW or ODSP
(
November
2020
)

This resource explains the rules about spousal support when someone is getting assistance from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program.

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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: For new and expecting parents
(
September
2021
)

This resource explains pregnancy and parental leaves under Ontario law and maternity and parental Employment Insurance (EI) benefits for new and expecting parents. It explains the number of weeks of EI benefits and time off work that birth parents and adopting parents can receive if they qualify, including new options that became available in December 2017.

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Telephone and internet scams
(
May
2018
)

Criminals use telephone and internet scams to trick people into giving them money or personal information like credit card and bank account numbers. This publication explains how to recognize and protect yourself against common scams, and what to do if you fall victim to a scam.

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Unfair practices: When sellers break the rules
(
May
2014
)

In Ontario, it is illegal for sellers to use “unfair practices” to get consumers to buy their goods or services. This publication explains what unfair practices are, what kinds of sales are covered by this law, and your legal rights when a seller uses an unfair practice.

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