Helping to Empower Women
As family lawyers, we see the impact that divorce can have on children. This is why it is important to act swiftly and decisively in order to ensure that the best interests of your children are protected. We have a diverse network of family lawyers for women who can assist with your divorce or other family law matter. We aim to guide you through your divorce as seamlessly as possible to ensure that you can move forward with new memories and positive life experiences.
Tailor Law works closely with local women’s shelters and outreach programs to assist battered women. Power imbalances exist in many relationships and having a strong, reliable support team is key to your success during your divorce and beyond.
Consulting with a lawyer is the first step to ensuring that your rights and those of your children are protected. Our lawyers are dedicated to advancing your interests and ensuring that your voice is heard. We are compassionate, and committed to assisting women through their divorce in a timely and cost effective manner. These matters are important to us and we serve our clients passionately and zealously. Choose a top lawyer that will look out for your rights as a woman. Choose Tailor Law.
How to File for Divorce
A divorce in Ontario can take shape differently, depending on whether the divorce is uncontested or contested by your husband or spouse. An uncontested divorce is a divorce in which both parties to the divorce agree on all issues presented in the divorce. A contested divorce occurs when the parties to a divorce do not agree on all issues.
An uncontested divorce is cheaper than a contested divorce, but it can still be costly depending on the circumstances of the divorce. From court fees, legal disbursements, courier fees, legal fees, process server fees and child support (if applicable), a divorce can cost anywhere from $1500 and upwards. Tailor Law offers a free consultation in order for you to assess what options are suitable for you.
If you feel that there is no longer any chance that you and your partner will reconcile, you may file for divorce if you meet and of the following criteria:
- you have been separated from your spouse for at least one (1) year and there is no chance of reconciliation, OR
- Your spouse has been unfaithful to you, OR
- Your spouse has treated you cruelly. Cruelty includes verbal or physical cruelty.
As the last two criteria entail producing proof for the court, most spouses usually wait out the one year separation period to qualify for a divorce.
The introductory step in obtaining a divorce is to file your divorce documents at a court registry. Once you have completed this step, you then serve your divorce document to your spouse and await a response. The Form that is used to file for a divorce is known as an Application for Divorce (also known as Form 8A). As the Respondent, your spouse has 30 days to serve and file their response to what you, the Applicant, have filed. Depending on the response from your spouse, the divorce will proceed on a contested or uncontested basis.
The Divorce Process
The divorce process can be an intimidating journey, particularly when the divorce is contested. From filing and serving court documents to working out a parenting plan, knowing how to navigate the family law system is necessary to achieve success in your case. Strategic lawyers are devoted to making the right moves, in and out of the courtroom. As trusted advocates with a focus on family law, Tailor Law lawyers make it our priority to know your case from all angles.
Whether or not you and your spouse are in agreement about divorce, it is strongly recommended that you retain counsel, especially if you require guidance on parenting issues, child support, spousal support, marital finances, property and debt. Mothers and/or wives wanting to begin the divorce process want lawyers equipped with experience and strategic insight. Tailor Law works with women to ensure that they have vigorous representation of their interests during this difficult time.
Custody refers to the right of a parent to make important life decisions regarding their child. This can include decisions concerning childcare, education, medical treatment, religion, residence, and visitation arrangements. Custody can take several different forms, each referring to a different combination of legal and physical custody of a child.
Sole custody, also known as full custody, refers to a situation in which one parent has been designated as responsible for making legal, medical, and other important life decisions for that child, as well as for housing and caring for the child. The other parent may or may not have the right to see the child (“access”), or to receive pertinent information about the child’s life, but they are not the decision-maker and do not live with the child. This type of custody is seen very often, particularly when a separation or divorce is highly acrimonious.
Joint custody refers to an arrangement in which both parents are responsible for making important decisions about their child’s life, regardless of where the child lives. Shared custody, or joint physical custody, refers to an arrangement in which the child spends at least 40% of his or her time physically residing in each parent’s home. Traditionally, mothers have generally been the ones designated to share residence with their child(ren), but each family and situation is distinct and the courts are always mindful of the best interests of the child(ren).
Regardless of the type of custody that is granted, Tailor Law works with you to achieve maximum personal time with your children. We understand that mothers share a special bond with their children and we provide full legal support to ensure that your children are able to benefit from this bond going forward.
Each child living apart from a parent is entitled to financial support from that parent. This is known as child support. The amount of child support owed is based upon the income of the parent without physical custody of their child. Child support orders can also be imposed on top of this base amount to help cover special expenses such as medical specialists and certain types of education.
A child support agreement must be geared toward the best interest of the child. Drafting this type of agreement requires top notch lawyers dedicated to ensuring that mothers have the support they need to adequately care for their children. Tailor Law provides full service and representation in child support matters for mothers living in Mississauga, Oakville, North York, and throughout the GTA. We urge you to contact us today if you think you may need help asserting your child’s right to financial support and/or your own.