Steve Levitan, creator of Modern Family, has reached the end of his bitter divorce with ex-wife Krista. Krista filed for divorce in January of 2016 after 23 years of marriage. The divorce proceedings became increasingly acrimonious, peaking when Krista made claims of assault against Steve and tried, unsuccessfully, to get a restraining order.
The couple are splitting the profits of their matrimonial home, worth approximately $40 million, as well as several bank accounts, cars and other properties. In Ontario, spouses generally split jointly owned property equally. However, the matrimonial home is a unique asset.
Under Ontario’s Family Law Act, both spouses have the right to possess or live in the matrimonial home regardless if they have legal ownership over the property. Consider the situation where you, or your spouse, have decided to separate: this does not allow the legal owner of the house to force the other to move out. The legal owner of the property cannot change the locks or sell the property. Without an agreement or court order, neither party can take steps with respect to the home. It’s also important to note that these property rights only apply to married parties, not common law partnerships.
Celebrity divorces like Steve Levitan’s often involve high assets and complicated division of property. Feldstein Family Law Group P.C. can help. Whether you’re divorcing in the public eye or you can manage to do it privately, our Ontario family lawyers are here to assist and support you at every stage of the process.