By Tracy Achen Are you looking for some dating tips to ease your way back into the singles scene? Its uncharted territory, but it can be very rewarding to step outside your comfort zone.Dating after your divorce can be intimidating not only logistically, but also emotionally. Dating as a single parent is a whole different ballgame than it was before you had kids. It can sometimes seem like everyone has an opinion about whether you should date or not.Here is a list of the top five ways to ensure that a separation agreement is valid and enforceable in Ontario: 1. The Ontario allows for two parties who cohabited and are now living separately to enter into an agreement in which they agree on their rights, which includes: a) ownership/division of property; b) support obligations; c) the right to direct the education and moral training of their children; d) the right to custody/access to children; and e) any other matter in the settlement of their affairs. (Having said that, on some rare occasions courts may find a separation agreements to be valid even if it did not comply with the Family Law Act`s requirements, as long as they met the usual requirements for the formation of a contract. Robinson, the first wife had signed a separation agreement that waived her right to her former husband’s pension. Time after time, courts have invalidated an agreement between spouses where one or both parties has failed to obtain independent legal advice. A separation agreement is like any other legal contract; only those who are of legal age and who have full mental capacity can enter into one.
5 Ways to Make Sure Your Separation Agreement is Valid Separation agreements can be a useful means by which separating spouses can take first steps toward unwinding their financial and family-related affairs by way of a mutual agreement. If one of the spouses exerts undue psychological pressure on the other one, if the relationship is characterized by one party being psychologically or emotionally dominant over the other, or if the separation agreement was signed in a situation involving duress, then a court will likely strike the agreement down and render it void. This normally means that both parties must have had separate legal representation, that each has had the opportunity to consult privately with his or her lawyer to fully canvass all the issues and repercussions, and that this has all taken place in advance of the parties signing the agreement. In addition, the Family Law Act adds other validity requirements for separating agreements (and other domestic contracts ): they are unenforceable unless they are made in writing, are signed by the parties, and are witnessed.Separation agreements, when valid and freely-negotiated, can be a useful and important step towards the amicable resolution of the issues between separating spouses.Russell Alexander and our staff are available to consult with you on the creation or validity of separation agreements and other domestic contracts. Lawyers do sometimes have to offer advice in these situations to help prevent our clients from making mistakes, in their excitement over having a chance to start fresh, that may have legal consequences for them down the road.After you've checked out of your marriage, you may feel like you're more or less back "on the market." You may even meet someone, maybe more quickly than you ever expected. Let's be real here: you and I both know that this is definitely risky territory.You need to think about the behavior you are modeling for your kids. Don't be tempted to have your new boyfriend take on any parenting roles until it seems reasonable. For example, it would be weird to have him pick your child up from practice until he's a regular fixture in your life.