Feldstein Family Law Group P.C. provides experienced divorce counsel to individuals in same-sex marriages in Ontario and those who were married in the province and moved to other jurisdictions (only if the other jurisdiction will not grant a divorce).
Through the decades, same-sex couples have faced numerous challenges related to marriage and everything it entails, including divorce. Our Ontario family lawyers have represented members of the LGBT community in all areas of divorce and family law since 1994. We have remained abreast of changes in federal and provincial law that affect same-sex couples and do our utmost to ensure the complete preservation of our clients’ rights and interests.
To learn more about same-sex divorce and how we can assist you, call (905) 581-7222. We serve Markham, Vaughan, Mississauga, Oakville, and all of Ontario.
Same-Sex Marriage & the Family Law Act
Same-sex marriage was decriminalized in Canada in 1986. In 1999, same-sex couples were given the right to apply for spousal support under the Family Law Act. In 2005, the Civil Marriages Act was passed by parliament and same-sex couples were granted the right to marry.
Today, the FLA definition of “marriage” applies to same-sex and heterosexual couples. The Divorce Act also defines “spouse” in such a manner as to encompass same-sex couples. As such, the same laws that apply to heterosexual spouses apply to same-sex marriages. Spouses may apply for spousal support, and their property and assets will be divided in accordance with the FLA or Divorce Act. Child custody, support, and access will also be dictated by these laws.
An issue can arise for same-sex couples looking to divorce, however, if they currently reside in a jurisdiction that does not recognize same-sex marriage. Our lawyers can help you understand the specific laws that may affect your divorce, regardless of the jurisdiction in which you are currently residing. Our experience and commitment are valuable tools at your disposal when you retain our firm to handle your same-sex divorce.
Contact an Ontario same-sex divorce lawyer at (905) 581-7222 today.