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Partner abuse happens when your partner tries to control you, or make you afraid of them. Abuse can happen in any relationship. Partner abuse is also called domestic violence or family violence.Kinds of abuseAbuse can be physical, sexual, emotional...
If you work some place where people leave tips, like a restaurant or a hair or nail salon, you get to keep the tips people give you. That's the general rule in the Employment Standards Act (ESA). But there are 2 exceptions to this rule: Your...
If you or someone you love is in danger from abuse, you need to get emergency help right away. You may have someone you can call who can help right away. You may also want to contact the police by calling 911. If you call 911, the police are allowed...
Both parents have an equal legal right to custody of their child when their relationship ends. No parent has a greater legal right to custody over the other parent, even if they did most of the child care or were abused by the other parent. Only a...
You may have family law and criminal law issues at the same time.The Ontario Court of Justice has an Integrated Domestic Violence Court at 311 Jarvis Street in Toronto. The same judge hears both the family law and criminal law cases that involve...
If you or someone else calls the police about your partner’s abuse, the police decide what happens. You do not decide.If the police think that there are "reasonable grounds" to believe that someone committed a crime, they must charge that person...
If you or someone else calls the police about your partner's abuse, the police decide what happens. You do not decide.If the police think that there are "reasonable grounds" to believe that someone committed a crime, they must charge that person...
It can take a long time to resolve your issues. There are many steps in the family court process before a trial. Most family law cases are resolved by reaching an agreement before you would need a trial.If you need a court order quickly, you can...
It can be very difficult to bring your child back to Canada from another country. You need to act quickly.Sometimes, you can get help from authorities in Canada. Other times, you have to get a court order from the other country. It depends on which...
Your abusive partner might use threats about your child to try to keep you from leaving. Or, they might make threats after you separate. They might say that they will take your child away from you and not let you see them.Not everyone follows...
You might be worried about your child being alone with your abusive partner after you separate. Most children are affected when one parent is abusive to the other, even if they are not directly abused themselves.What you do to make sure your child...
Partner abuse can affect your family law issues in many important ways:It can make it difficult to talk with your partner safely and fairly when trying to resolve family law issues like child custody and access or spousal support.It can affect the...
Your partner might threaten to have you deported from Canada if you report their abuse or if you leave them. Deported from Canada means being forced to leave the country. Your partner does not have the right to have you deported. Only federal...
Staying safe after you leave an abusive relationship is important.You might be able to talk to your partner to make an agreement about when, where, and how they may contact you or your children. But if you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, you don't...
If you're going to have a baby or adopt a child, Ontario law says that you can take time off work without losing your job. This is called taking a leave. For information about pregnancy leave, which is for women who are pregnant or who have just...
If you're going to have a baby, Ontario law says that you can take time off work without losing your job. This is called taking a leave. For information about parental leave, which is for new birth parents and adopting parents, see I'm going to be a...
If you need 10 days or less, you might be able to take personal emergency leave. If you need to be away more than 10 days and you're covered by Ontario's Employment Standards Act (ESA) you might be able to take: family caregiver leave family...
Ontario's Employment Standards Act (ESA) calls time off for illnesses and other personal emergencies "personal emergency leave". You have the right to personal emergency leave if: you're covered by the ESA, and you work for a company that regularly...
In most jobs, you have the right to get public holidays off work with holiday pay. Some people call them statutory holidays. Ontario's Employment Standards Act (ESA) has minimum standards that employers must follow. This includes rules about public...
Parenting coordination is an alternative dispute resolution process where partners meet with a parenting coordinator, for help with following the parts of their court order, family arbitration award, or separation agreement that are about parenting...
Mediation-arbitration is an alternative dispute resolution process that uses mediation and arbitration to try to resolve legal issues without going to court. It is sometimes called "med-arb". Mediation-arbitration is voluntary. This means that you...
Arbitration is an alternative dispute resolution process where you and your partner meet with an arbitrator to resolve your legal issues without going to court. Arbitration is voluntary. This means that you and your partner have to agree to work...
Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process where you and your partner meet with a mediator to resolve your legal issues without going to court. Mediation is voluntary. This means that you and your partner have to agree to work with a...
Collaborative family law, sometimes called collaborative practice, is an alternative dispute resolution process where you and your partner work together to resolve your legal issues out of court with the help of your own collaborative family lawyers...
Negotiation means trying to make an agreement with your partner by talking about your legal issues. There are different ways that you can negotiate. For example, you and your partner can: meet in person talk over the phone write letters or emails...