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Written by Russell Alexander ria@russellalexander.com / (905) 655-6335

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Divorce and domestic violence

Divorce and domestic violence are both serious issues in Ontario. Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, is any form of physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, or financial abuse that occurs within a domestic relationship. This can include spousal abuse, which occurs between married or common-law partners, as well as abuse between family members or other individuals who have a close relationship.

In Ontario, the law provides protection for victims of domestic violence. The Domestic Violence Protection Act allows victims to obtain a restraining order, also known as a peace bond, which can prohibit the abuser from contacting or communicating with the victim. The act also allows victims to access emergency financial assistance, including temporary housing and counselling services.

In addition to the Domestic Violence Protection Act, Ontario also has the Family Law Act, which addresses the issue of divorce and the division of property. The act allows individuals who have experienced domestic violence to seek a divorce without having to meet the usual requirement of living separate and apart for one year. This can allow victims to more quickly and easily end an abusive relationship and move on with their lives.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, it is important to seek help. In Ontario, you can contact the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-866-863-0511 for support and assistance. You can also contact the police, who can provide protection and help you access the services and support you need.

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Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the founder of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and is the firm’s senior partner. At Russell Alexander, our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues, including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and spousal support, division of family property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders. We have locations in Toronto, Markham, Whitby (Brooklin), Oshawa, Concord, Lindsay, and Peterborough.

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