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To get married in Ontario, you usually must first apply for a marriage licence from the Ontario government. To do this, you must:fill out a Marriage Licence Application form and bring it to the municipal office of any city or town in Ontario, and...
When you want to rent an apartment or house, you usually need to fill out an application or give some information to the landlord. Before they decide whether or not to rent to you, a landlord can ask:   what your income is if you work,...
A trial is your chance to prove what you said and asked for in your court forms. You do this by presenting your evidence. Your evidence can be documents or witnesses that support your case or go against your partner’s case. Judges are neutral and...
Ontario has 3 different courts that deal with family law issues. They are the: Family Court branch of the Superior Court of Justice Superior Court of Justice Ontario Court of Justice It is important that you go to the right court. The family court...
Many couples, whether married or in a common-law relationship, need help to resolve their legal issues after they separate or divorce. Some couples are able to resolve their issues on their own. You can talk to your partner on your own, with the...
Special or extraordinary expenses are childcare expenses that are not included in the basic monthly amounts of child support. These expenses are sometimes called section 7 expenses. Child support is money paid by the parent that spends the least...
You may want to change child support because of changes to your situation. For example: The payor parent loses their job and can no longer pay the current amount of child support. The payor parent makes more money and the other parent wants them to...
In Ontario, it is against the law for a landlord to refuse to rent to you because of your: race, colour, or ethnic background birthplace or citizenship religion age (if you are at least 18, or if you are 16 or 17 and not living with a parent) sex,...
A landlord is allowed to ask if you have pets when you move in. They are also allowed to refuse to rent to you because you have pets.But, after you move in, your landlord cannot evict you just for having a pet, even if your rental agreement has a "...
Usually, a landlord cannot refuse to rent you a place or discriminate against you in any other way because you have children or because you're pregnant or might become pregnant. The Ontario Human Rights Code protects you from these and many other...
When you first rent a place, you and your landlord agree on the rent you will pay. In most cases, the rent can be any amount that you both agree on.Your rent could include things like:electricitycableparkingcleaningmealsMake sure your rental...
Many of your rights and responsibilities as a tenant are set by Ontario law and not by what your rental agreement says. The law makes certain things part of every rental agreement, even if you and your landlord don't include them. For example, your...
There are only two kinds of deposit your landlord is allowed to ask for when you rent a new place to live: rent deposit key deposit A rent deposit cannot be more than one month's rent on a yearly or month-to-month rental, or one week's rent on a...
If you can't afford a lawyer or paralegal for your whole case, a lawyer can still help you understand what the law says about your situation and what your options are.Some lawyers provide "unbundled" or “limited scope” services. This means...
You don't have to hire a lawyer or paralegal to help you deal with your landlord but they can be very helpful. Lawyers are specially trained to give legal advice. Legal advice means that a lawyer can explain what the law means for your specific...
A cohabitation agreement is a written document that you and your common-law partner can make before or while you are living together. It is a type of domestic contract that says how you will deal with issues while you are together or at the end of...
An annulment is a court order that says your marriage was not valid from the start. This means that, according to the law, you and your partner were not actually married. An annulment is sometimes called a declaration that your marriage is "void" or...
A marriage contract is a written document that you and your partner can make either: before you get married if you are planning to marry at the time after you get married A marriage contract is sometimes called a prenup or prenuptial agreement.A...
Yes. You have more rights and responsibilities when you get married. If you are not married, you don’t get some rights no matter how long you and your partner have lived together. You have to go through a legal marriage ceremony to be married.Living...
If you are getting married within Canada, each province and territory has its own rules about who can get married and what you have to do to get married. These rules are similar to the rules in Ontario, but not exactly the same. If you are getting...
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...
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...
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...