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Canadian Divorce Glossary
If you're considering ending your marriage, learning to speak the "language" of divorce in Canada is an important first step. Below you will find a brief glossary of terms related to the separation process. These definitions are overviews, provided to help you begin to understand what is involved in ending a marriage.
Canada Pension Plan - Canada Pension Plan credits that you have accumulated during the marriage are divisible during a divorce. No matter what you and your spouse agree, you can't contract out of this. This is dealt with separately from other property.
Case Conference - This is normally the first court appearance in a case. Only procedural orders and orders on consent can be made at a case conference. As well, this is a good opportunity to narrow the issues in your divorce case.
Case Law - A lot of family law is based on cases that have previously been decided - known as "case law." For instance, the statutes set out the factors that a court considers in determining the amount of spousal support. However, to get an idea about how much spousal support you may get in a particular case, you'd need to be familiar with the case law in this area.
Certificate of Divorce - This is a certificate issued by a court stating that your divorce is final and can no longer be appealed. This is the document normally required to prove that you are divorced.
Child Care Expenses - Expenses for child care are to be shared between parents in proportion to their incomes, after adjusting for any tax deductibility of the expenses.