Canada: Lately there have been growing incidences of marriage breakdowns with couples who tied knots with brides/grooms settled in another country. In most of the cases, the girl who goes to her in-laws or husband’s work place is left alone stranded. Taking this marital discord issue into consideration, the Canadian government has come up with legal help for such stranded brides. If you desire to settle in Canada or want to marry someone in Canada, it is in your favor to know the basic laws of the country related to marriage, and work for newcomers in Canada.
Effect Of Ending Marriage
There are many marriages which are not successful and where things do not work out well between the couple. As a bride, if you feel that you cannot stay with your husband for any justified reason, you can end your marriage and take necessary action. This will certainly have a great impact on your living arrangement in Canada which will eventually depend upon whether the application of sponsorship is in process or you have already received the permanent resident status. In case, your application is in process then, you may have to leave Canada immediately and reapply to enter again. In such a situation consultation with a lawyer can be helpful. If you cannot afford to hire a lawyer, you can ask for legal aid from the court. In case the permanent resident status has been granted your status remains the same and you can continue living in Canada even after separation or divorce.
Separation And Divorce Process
Once you have decided to end the marriage, you need to live separately and satisfy the Canadian court that your marriage has gone kaput. If no other arrangement of residence can be made you can at least maintain a distance with your husband in the same house and live and conduct yourself separately. You are allowed to file for divorce immediately after separation. In normal cases, the divorce is granted within one year from the legal separation. If the charges are more serious such as physical, or emotional abuse or adultery, you can get divorce earlier.
Financial Arrangement After Separation
You can continue to receive financial support even after separation from your husband. It is termed as ‘interim support’. The amount of interim support is decided by the judge and it is the only financial aid you can receive during separation period and before divorce.
What Does A Separation Agreement Include?
This is the agreement which is settled between you and your spouse. The contract is not a legal binding nor is it decided by the court. You can ask any mediator, lawyer or friend to help you come to an appropriate agreement settlement. The agreement contract includes financial support issues related to you and your children if there are any, issues related to custody and also division of the matrimony property.