Getting a divorce isn't as easy as making the decision, snapping your fingers and going your separate ways. There are many issues to figure out, including what will happen to the home you share with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, how child custody will look and how to divide the marital assets, just to name a few things. Much hinges on the kind of relationship you and your ex currently have and will have after parting ways. Whether you have an amicable relationship or not, there are certain steps that need be taken in the divorce process.
Some rules in Ontario differ depending on whether you and your partner are legally married or in a common law relationship. Issues that are the same for both individuals who are legally married and common law partners are those concerning custody and access of your children, the future financial support of your children, and anything related to spousal support. Differences arise when it comes to a matrimonial home and property division. The relationship you and your partner have is unique, and your family situation will come into play when it comes to certain issues.