Family arbitrators are required to make decisions in accordance with Canadian law to ensure that their decisions are effective and they must have received training in family law and domestic violence. You and your spouse must agree to communicate after the issues arise, not years in advance in a marriage or life contract. Also, you and your spouse must get advice from your own lawyer before you can start arbitration. For more information on family arbitrations in Ontario, see: www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/arbitration/. An informal agreement is acceptable. But to make it valid, you must sign and have a certified cohabitation agreement. Since this is a legal document, it would be desirable for a family lawyer to repair your life contract. An Ontario lawyer can point out deficiencies you may not have thought of. You can also testify to your final agreement and certify it notarized.
Assaulted Women`s Helpline is a free crisis phone service that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week across the country (page 54). Trained counsellors can help you define your options, provide information on local helps such as animal shelters and sexual assault centres, and help you develop an immediate safety plan. Interpreters in 150 languages are available for callers. Call 1-866-863-0511 or, in the Toronto Call Area, 416-863-0511. TTY 1-866-863-7868. In addition, your agreement on cohabitation in Ontario may also indicate the amount of assistance paid. That would be in case the relationship ends. It can also cover how the property is divided.
If the child belongs to you, you have a legal obligation to support the child, even if you and Joan have never been married or lived together. You would also have the right to have access to your child so that you have time with him or her. However, if you think it`s not your child, you can apply for a paternity test. If Joan disagrees, you can ask the court to order the paternity test. In most cases, the court is called to a case conference or a comparative conference. These conferences offer you and your spouse and/or your lawyers, if you are represented, the opportunity to meet with a judge to discuss the issues in your case. The judge may recommend that you see a mediator if you have not done so yet. Sometimes the judge will give his opinion on what a judge who will judge your case in a trial would probably decide.
The judge`s opinion will not rule on the issues in your case. However, it can help you get an agreement with your spouse. Even if you don`t agree on everything, you can agree on some issues. No no. If your spouse`s income changes, you can agree on a new amount of assistance, either alone or with the help of a lawyer or mediator. However, if you cannot give your consent, you will have to go back to court to determine the new amount by filing an application for an amendment. The ministry`s change guides are available at: www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/famil/divorce/support/motion.php. The new amount will be set according to the guidelines based on your spouse`s new income. Many decisions about children and help may need to be made quickly.