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Family Law Act
The Family Law Act is a law in Ontario, Canada that sets out the rights and responsibilities of married and unmarried spouses with respect to the care and support of their children, and the division of property upon separation or divorce. The act applies to all individuals who are married, have been married, or have lived in a conjugal relationship for at least three years.
One of the key provisions of the Family Law Act is the requirement that spouses share the responsibility for making decisions about the care and upbringing of their children. This means that both parents are expected to be involved in the child’s life, unless there are exceptional circumstances that make this impossible or not in the child’s best interests.
The Family Law Act also sets out the principles that the court must consider when making decisions about child custody and access, as well as child and spousal support. These principles include the child’s physical, emotional, and psychological needs, the child’s views, where appropriate, and the ability of each parent to provide for the child’s needs.
In addition to its provisions on children, the Family Law Act also addresses the issue of the division of property upon separation or divorce. The act sets out the general principle that married spouses have an equal right to the family property, regardless of who owns it. This means that, in most cases, the court will divide the family property equally between the spouses.
Overall, the Family Law Act is an important law in Ontario that helps to protect the rights and interests of married and unmarried spouses, as well as their children. It provides a framework for resolving disputes and making decisions about the care and support of children, and the division of property upon separation or divorce.