Same-Sex Divorce Lawyer in Ontario
Assisting in Same-Sex Divorces in Mississauga, Oakville, Markham & Vaughan Since 1994
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.
Same-Sex Marriage & the Family Law Act in Canada
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 Marriage 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 visitation will also be dictated by these laws.
Contact Our Ontario Same-Sex Divorce Lawyers Today
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 Ontario same-sex divorce 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 Feldstein Family Law Group P.C. today to get started with our Ontario same-sex divorce lawyer at (905) 581-7222.
Andrew Feldstein Founder
Andrew Feldstein graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1992. Prior to focusing exclusively on family law, Andrew’s legal practice covered many different areas, including corporate commercial. One of Andrew’s fundamental objectives is to achieve those goals mutually and collaboratively, as set out by him and his client.
Daphna Schwartz Lawyer
Daphna Schwartz joined Feldstein Family Law Group, P.C. in 2007 as an associate lawyer. She was previously practising family law in the Barrie area. Her practice includes all areas of divorce and family law, including custody and access, child support, spousal support, and property issues. Daphna is also qualified to practise Collaborative Family Law.
Anna Troitschanski Lawyer
Anna Troitschanski joined the team at Feldstein Family Law Group, P.C. in 2012. Prior to that, she practised Family Law at a boutique Newmarket firm. Her experience covers all areas of divorce and family law, including custody and access, child support, spousal support, and division of property.
Nick Slinko Lawyer
Nick Slinko attended York University from 2003 until 2007 where he majored in both Law & Society and Philosophy. Nick graduated in 2007 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree. He proceeded to earn a Juris Doctor in Law at the University of Western Ontario in 2011. Nick was Called to the Bar in June of 2012 after completing his Articling term with the Feldstein Family Law Group, P.C. He became an associate with the firm immediately thereafter.
Veronica Yeung Lawyer
Veronica Yeung joined the Feldstein Family Law Group, P.C. as a summer student in 2014 and returned as an articling student in 2015. Following her call to the Ontario Bar in June 2016, Veronica was welcomed to the team as an associate lawyer.
Veronica attended York University for her undergraduate studies and graduated as a member of the Dean’s Honour Roll when she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Honours Criminology.
Shana Gordon-Katz Lawyer
Shana joined Feldstein Family Law Group P.C. as an articling student in 2017. Following her call to the Ontario Bar in June 2018, Shana was welcomed back to the firm as an associate. While completing her articles, Shana assisted with legal matters covering all areas of family law.
Shana attended the University of Western Ontario for her undergraduate studies, where she graduated as the gold medalist of her program, Honors Specialization in Classical Studies.
Rachel Zweig Lawyer
Rachel joined Feldstein Family Law Group P.C as a Summer Student in 2019 and returned as an Articling Student in 2020-2021. Following her Call to the Ontario Bar in April 2021, Rachel was welcomed back to the firm as an Associate.
Prior to completing her legal studies and obtaining her Juris Doctor at the University of Ottawa, Rachel obtained her Bachelor’s Degree at Ryerson University with a major in English Literature.
Lauren Harvey Associate Lawyer
Lauren joined Feldstein Family Law Group as a Summer Student in 2020 and returned as an Articling Student in 2021-2022. Following her Call to the Ontario Bar in April 2022, Lauren was welcomed back to the firm as an Associate.
Prior to completing her legal studies and obtaining her Juris Doctor at the University of Western Ontario, Lauren obtained her Honour’s Bachelor of Arts Degree at Wilfrid Laurier University majoring in Criminology and minoring in Law and Society.
Quinn Held Associate Lawyer
Quinn spent two years as a Summer Student and then completed her Articling term at a boutique Family Law firm in Orangeville, where she was exposed to various complex Family Law matters. Following her Call to the Bar of Ontario in June 2022, she became an Associate with the Feldstein Family Law Group.
Prior to obtaining her Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor, Quinn obtained her Honour’s Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Guelph majoring in Criminal Justice and Public Policy and minoring in International Development.