What is a legal separation? How do you get one in Ontario?

Sometimes divorce is not necessary for every marriage. However, a separation can be hard, just like many other things in life. It is important to divide up the day-to-day responsibilities, such as who will care for the dog, pay the electricity bill, or pick up the children from school. If you expect the separation to take place over a long period, it is important to answer larger questions about who will be responsible for the house, mortgage, or other liabilities.

These questions can be answered, and arrangements made through a legal separation. In Ontario, a separation agreement is what creates a legal separation. A separation agreement is usually drafted by a lawyer. It helps to settle both the property and joint rights of the parties.  So you can book an appointment now for the best legal separation agreement in Ontario.

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Separation agreements can be used in one of two situations: (1) when the parties contemplate divorce and plan to separate, or (2) between spouses in an existing marriage in which the separation is temporary but not for divorce. The agreement will resolve the property claims of the parties, provide support for the dependent spouse, as well as make arrangements for the custody and support of any children.

In Ontario, it is easy to get a separation agreement because it is essentially a contract between husband and wife. Each party must agree to the terms, then draft and sign the agreement. Only one requirement is that you and/or your spouse have to end up separated. You can live together during the negotiation of the separation agreement. However, once the agreement has been signed, you must separate.