Separation and Divorce

Separation and divorce could be the largest or second largest expense in your lifetime.

With 4 in 10 marriages ending in divorce, it is an issue that affects a large number of Canadian families. There are more than 70,000 divorces every year in Canada of which approximately 11,500 are in the GTA. As of 2006, roughly 16% of all families in Canada were single-parent families or 1,414,060 in total. There are approximately 400,000 child support and spousal support cases currently in Canada, of which 186,000 are in Ontario.

The amount of unpaid child support and spousal support in Canada now totals more than $2.5 billion!

A divorce often takes 3 years or more to complete in families with poor communication. Some divorces can cost well over $100,000. Common-law relationships are on the rise: according to Statistics Canada, the number of common-law couples is growing at 16 times the rate of marriage.

To manage and understand the impact of separation and divorce, one must first extend their frame of reference and base of knowledge. Below are some “Fast Facts” relating to separation and divorce.

Separation And Divorce

Parenting (learn more…)

Separation or divorce are never easy and can be extremely stressful. But by becoming familiar with best practices and expert advice, you can solve problems responsibly and allow yourself and your family to move on in a healthy way.

Things to think about:

  • How to improve communication
  • Your children’s needs and wants including their schools, friends, health, activities and religious values
  • Your financial concerns and expectations such as child support, spousal support and other expenses
  •  Individual banking requirements
  •  Where you want to live
  • Whether you need to find new employment
  • If therapy is required for you or your children
  • Your life insurance policies
  • What financial responsibilities are in your name
  • Your emotional welfare
  • Seek support from family and friends

Children (learn more…)

  • Children’s success in adjusting to separation and divorce is directly impacted by how well their parents are able to manage conflict and cope.
  • Conversely, it’s very difficult for both parents to do well when their children are struggling.
  • Working together helps to reduce anxiety levels, improve attitudes in children, enhance school performance, nurture friendships, allow parents to move forward with their own lives, reduce financial expenses considerably, pave the way for a much easier legal process and replace frustration with optimism.

Abuse (learn more…)

Spousal abuse refers to the violence or mistreatment that a woman or a man may experience at the hands of a marital, common-law or same-sex partner.

  • Of the 19 million Canadians who had a current or former spouse in 2009, approximately 6% reported being physically or sexually victimized.
  • Canadians aged 25 to 34 were three times more likely than those aged 45 and older to report being physically or sexually assaulted by a current spouse.
  • In 2009, less than one-quarter (22%) of spousal violence victims stated that the police found out about the incident.
  • In 2009, one in ten victims of spousal violence (10%) stated that they obtained a restraining or protective order against their abuser.
  • In addition to physical injuries, more than three-quarters of spousal violence victims reported being emotionally affected, and in 2007, over 53,000 children and youth were the victims of a police-reported assault in 2007.

Statistics were taken from the Department of Justice Canada and Stats Canada


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