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Child custody and support in common-law break-ups

Region: Ontario Answer # 0144

Common-law spouses have the same rights and obligations as married spouses to care for children. This includes rights to custody of children and obligations to financially support children. If the parents cannot decide on who will have custody of the children, the courts will decide based on what is in the children’s best interest. If the parents cannot agree on child support, a court can order support payments based on the federal and provincial Guidelines.

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Getting the advice and legal help you need

If you are about to separate or have recently separated from your common-law partner, a lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and ensure that your interests are protected. It is advisable to get the legal help that’s right for you. If you are considering representing yourself in a family law matter, you may wish to get help from The Family Law Coach. Their experienced family law lawyers can provide information, legal assistance, advice and practical tips to help you prepare your case and improve your outcome. They provide specific services for fixed prices, and you only pay for the services you want. If you are considering hiring a lawyer to represent you, for legal advice and assistance regarding child custody and support issues and common-law relationships, and other family law matters, contact a family law lawyer.

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