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Alternate Dispute Models

There are alternatives for going to court, such as traditional negotiation, collaborative family law, mediation and arbitration. 

Diane Daly is a family law lawyer and mediator who specializes in resolving disputes with dignity, integrity and respect.

Diane Daly can help you understand your options and best alternatives to ease the stress of the divorce process. Call the Daly Law team at (905) 844-5883 to learn more about your options for the divorce process.

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Separation and Divorce

The words separation and divorce are often incorrectly used interchangeably since they are distinctly different in legal terms.

The term “separation” applies when married or cohabitating partners separate because they no longer want to live together. Separation does not have much legal effect on its own, without a separation agreement.

A divorce is a legal act where the court orders the legal termination of the marriage. Individuals are able to legally remarry only after they have been granted a divorce.

separation and divorce CanadaIf you are separated or are thinking of separating, it is a good idea to speak to a family lawyer about your situation. When separating, you will need to decide who stays in the family home or whether it will be sold, who takes care of the children, how property and family debts will be divided and how much support will be paid.

Call Diane Daly to get specific information about Ontario law and how to protect your rights and ease the process of divorce.


Signing a separation agreement is an important step and will affect you, your spouse and your children for the rest of your lives.

A separation agreement is a legally binding contract so you need to know all of the legal consequences of your decisions. It is also important to have full and accurate information about your spouse’s financial affairs before you negotiate or sign a separation agreement.

It is crucial to have a written and signed separation agreement to avoid future conflicts and as proof of obligation should your spouse stop respecting the agreement.

Separation agreements and court orders resolve family issues, but do not legally end your marriage. If you have signed a separation agreement, then you can obtain an uncontested divorce.

If you have not been able to agree on terms of a separation agreement, then, you will have to start an Application for Divorce and go to court where a judge will decide custody, support and property issues. That is called a contested divorce.

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