Couples in Ontario who are considering divorce may not be aware of the costs. Divorce in Canada plays out differently than it does on television and in the movies, which may come as a surprise to couples who are familiar with such depictions of the dissolution of marriages. The reason is that television shows often represent United States laws instead of those laid out in the Federal Divorce Act.
Spousal support, child support and division of assets are based on mathematical formulas that include factors such as the length of the marriage and the age of the children, not on how spouses may have behaved during the marriage. Child custody is the only aspect of divorce that may be influenced by the negative actions of either spouse. Equality is the aim when dividing marital assets.