Canada Divorce

Blending Families Is A Challenging Business

Erin Silver | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

Blended families are everywhere, representing nearly 13 per cent of all Canadian households. In the U.S. approximately 40 per cent of adults have a close step-relationship, such as with stepchild or stepparent. The process of bringing two families together, or adding a stepparent, can be extremely complex.

How Different Generations Can See Eye-To-Eye On Prenups

Nathalie Boutet | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Living
Nathalie Boutet

Prenups don't have to be all one-sided in favour of the family that wants to protect hard-earned assets. I find that bringing fairness and a balanced approach will often allow the young couple to reach a satisfactory agreement.

Divorce Split My Mixed-Race Family But Defined My Identity

Alanna Cardona | Posted 09.11.2016 | Canada Living
Alanna Cardona

The question I've been asked consistently throughout my life is, "which side do you identify more with?" I hate this question. You are forcing me to choose between my Italian culture and my Filipino culture. It feels like you're asking me to decide between pasta and puncit. Between gelato and halo-halo. Between my mom and my dad.

Being An "Alpha Mom" Is Killing Your Marriage

Debra Macleod | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Debra Macleod

When does a wife become an Alpha Parent? When they become the person who hovers over her husband when he changes the baby's diaper or prepares a meal, just waiting for him to do something wrong -- or rather, something different than she does -- so that she can correct him, criticize him or just take over with an exasperated, "Oh, I'll do it."

The Blended Family With Autism: Tips For A Smooth Transition

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Mastroianni

Blended families don't feel in unison or in sync right off the bat; it's not something that happens overnight. It takes patience, love, understanding, compromising and time. In our case, it took us a few years before we felt in sync, like a real authentic family. Having a child on the autism spectrum made this journey even more delicate.

Simple Changes In Divorce Laws Could Save Canadians Thousands

Andrew Feldstein | Posted 07.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Andrew Feldstein

The way the law works needs to change. As a lawyer, I would much rather help a dozen clients for a few hours each, on an unbundled basis, than spend weeks representing one client in a drawn-out trial. I am confident many of my colleagues feel the same.

20 Things You Need To Know About Divorce In Canada

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Living

From starting the legal process to adjusting to life after the fact.

Kind Words Can Go A Long Way

Erin Silver | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

I thought we'd go to a cottage in the summer, take our own trip to celebrate our 10th anniversary. I'd wanted to go to Japan. Now it feels like I'm counting backwards. I'm in the negative numbers, counting how many years I've been divorced. How many years we could have been married if only...

Sometimes It Is OK To Lie To Your Kids

Erin Silver | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

Lying isn't bad when you want to save someone from pain or confusion because they are too little to understand that the world can be ugly and bad. They have time to watch the news when they are bigger, to learn about terrorist attacks and shootings, about cheating and even strip clubs. But I promise, it won't be from me.

Newly Divorced? Advice From A Veteran Single Mom

Erin Silver | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

Getting divorced isn't the end goal. It's the start of being divorced. There's a bigger picture, a longer race. It's an art we strive to master and it takes so much work. So pace yourself, my friends. It seems more and more like at least half of us are in it together.

For Healthier Co-Parenting, Stop Using The Term "My Ex"

Anna Giannone | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Parents
Anna Giannone

What if, instead of "my ex", you use the first name of the child's mom or dad and/or you can say your child's name in conjunction with the relationship mom or dad that will help you focus on the parent-parent relationship. This creates an emotional detachment. It will relax the conversations you have with the co-parent (as opposed to the ex-spouse).

Sometimes You Have To Ride Through The Pain

Erin Silver | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Living
Erin Silver

My experience made me wonder if this bike ride was somehow a metaphor for something bigger. Is this like going through a divorce and riding on despite the pain? Does it represent my ability to move forward in the face of life's challenges?

I Will Still Buy My Ex-Husband A Father's Day Gift

Heather Feldstein | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Parents
Heather Feldstein

For divorced moms, Father's Day can stir up a lot of emotions, and many of us are unsure how to acknowledge the day or whether to acknowledge it at all. Divorce as a whole comes with so many ambiguities. Father's Day and Mother's Day, however, shouldn't be ambiguous at all.

Could Justin Trudeau Be Charged For House Of Commons Elbow?

Andrew Feldstein | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Andrew Feldstein

The PM's behaviour has provoked concern and anger from MPs and Canadians all over the country. What are the potential legal consequences of the PM's shoving and manhandling? Well, threatening, hitting, kicking, punching, harassing and shoving another person are all offences punishable under the Criminal Code of Canada.

Divorce Rates For Second Marriages Are High, But I Still Want To Get Married

Erin Silver | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Living
Erin Silver

I know there's no such thing as a fairy tale, but maybe I want to write my own ending with my own idea of what makes me happy. Is it such an old fashioned view to want a partner? To have found my match? To have a realistic vision of what life would be like even knowing we will have to face unforeseen challenges?

How I Self-Destructed At The End Of A Decade-Long Relationship

Lily Burroughs | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Living
Lily Burroughs

No matter how independent, self-reliant, and strong we are, sometimes there's a part of us that wants to self-destruct. Usually, after a traumatic experience, when we feel especially vulnerable, scared, and alone. And after the devastating breakup with my fiancé and boyfriend/best friend of nine years, I self-destructed in a big way.

Modern Estate Planning Should Reflect A Changing Society

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Business
Suzana Popovic-Montag

In recent years, an aging population and the rise of non-traditional marriages have become issues that are increasingly relevant to estate planning considerations in Canada. As society shifts over time, it is important that estate planning methods and strategies are capable of adaptation to suit changing needs.

When Parenting Took Over Our Marriage

Vedavati M. | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Parents
Vedavati M.

We were co-parents living under the same roof. The hand-holding, affectionate, gregarious couple was a distant memory. Conversations were few and far between. When we talked, it was only about the baby. By the time she was a year old, we had stopped talking to each other directly.

Even The Youngest Kids Struggle With Divorce

Erin Silver | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

This was not the way I'd envisioned raising my kids: as part of a broken family, with so many overwhelming feelings and an inherent sadness that I can't easily fix. And I certainly had not expected my kids to struggle with our divorce for as long as they have. I hadn't known they would suffer so deeply.

12 Signs Your Marriage Is Headed For Divorce

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Living

But with some work you can save your relationship too!

How To Move Without Losing Your Mind

Jen Lawrence | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

I'm currently in the middle of moving house. I've moved six times in eight years and, people, it never gets easier. There is something about putting all of your earthly possessions into boxes that is spiritually draining. And don't get me started on the soul-destroying nature of switching over one's internet.

Happiness Is Being A Single Grandma

Linda Simpson | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

Who knew that grand-parenting would be so much fun? Who knew I'd be a solo grandma? It was understood in my marriage that somewhere in the future we would be very proud grandparents together. However, like many baby boomers, our marriage didn't make it. I've been single for 20 years and since 2009 I have been a solo grandma.

13 Ways To Feel Less Stressed During A Difficult Divorce

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 03.16.2016 | Canada Living

You aren't alone.

How I Am 5 Years After My Divorce

Her Magazine | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

5 years post divorce, after selling and moving out of my matrimonial home, I can say that I have survived, and made it through some of the toughest aspects of divorce. Establishing a new relationship with my son's dad was not an easy road, but we did it, and we definitely fare better than most. Despite all of the triumphs, there are some things that continue to be really, really hard post divorce.

3 Little Words Can Change Your Life

Shelagh Meagher | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Living
Shelagh Meagher

Over the past couple of years I've written quite a lot about the virtue of tenacity. My writings are a tiny blip in the mountain of other words telling us about all the miraculous stuff that's happened in the world because someone stuck with it, through thick and thin, to the point of victory.