Parent Workshop Wrap-Up: Untying the Legal Knot


We would like to thank our parents for attending last night’s workshop on “Untying the Legal Knot.” It was a great session and an opportunity for parents to ask questions and to learn more about the legal issues that are encountered during separation and divorce, to demystify the differences between common-law (i.e., de facto union) relationships and marriage, as well as to share information on child custody, child support and parental authority.

We would like to thank Cristina Brodeur-Reda and Emily Dubé, law students at the University of Ottawa, for such a dynamic and engaging presentation- and for answering all of our questions!

The evening began with a True and False set of questions with different divorce and separation scenarios where parents had the opportunity to guess the correct answers.  From there our law students gave their presentation and sharing various printed and online resources, while parents were free to ask questions about the rights and responsibilities of the couple in a marriage and de facto union, how these differ when it comes to separation of family property/patrimony, and child support and custody, parental authority as well as alimony.

Books that Help Explain Divorce to Kids

The following are some of the resources shared during the presentation: