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  • When I had my first consultation with Dawn Bennett, I immediately knew how very fortunate I was to find someone with all the qualities I was looking for and the personality to honestly and firmly consider all the factors without cutting corners or compromising personal or professional integrity. Read MoreDawn takes the time to ask all the right questions, encourages you to ask questions yourself and very clearly explains all your legal rights/obligations and the different options available, with focus on least acrimonious approach. Her legal briefs, correspondences and documentary submissions are of such a consistently high quality that I am truly amazed. The care and attention that she extends to my case shows a total understanding that there is no one size fit all solution to your unique situation.
    A divorce is never a frivolous exercise but a serious life changing event, I am very blessed to have Dawn as my legal counsel through this very traumatic transition. I am tempted to say never, since no one should be so unfortunate, but I will safely say, should I ever have to go through this experience again, I would be a very happy return client.
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    ~ P.C.

  • I was a new immigrant to Canada and raising two young children when my husband filed for divorce. Now, not only was I adjusting to a new country but I had to do it alone. I had no contacts, no money and knew nothing about the legal system here. Dawn Bennett was recommended to me by a colleague of hers and from the moment I met her, I felt I had finally found a safe place. Read MoreShe helped me navigate the divorce process with patience, confidence, honesty and a competitive spirit that brought me to where I am right now... "A calm & determined force, she put her soul into my case
    Dawn helped make me become stronger woman, she helped me become more confident and because of Dawn, I can take my kids to school every day, I have a home to live in, I can take care of my own life, and even have time to volunteer to help others.
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  • I'd been separated for a while before I found Dawn Bennett. It was a huge step to hire a lawyer but I felt really comfortable with her. She understood I wanted a safe environment for my kids and my (now ex) husband. Read MoreI know I would have had pressure from other lawyers to "get the most for myself!" but that was not the case with Dawn. She allowed me take a more peaceful and gentle approach to the divorce. She understood when there were certain things I didn't want to do but helped me to understand what HAD to be done under the law.
    She is very professional and knows her stuff!!! What Dawn does is important to the community and I support her 100%.
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  • I was in the process of a messy divorce with a lawyer I just couldn't connect with. The situation I was in was abusive and getting worse. Dawn knows the law and what needs to be done. She explained step by step what had to happen and why each step had to be taken. Read MoreYou can't skip steps...as much as I may have wanted to at times. In fact, to save fees, she backed off for 8 months at one point knowing that nothing was going to happen anyway...many lawyers would have capitalized on the "messiness of the divorce" to make more money!
    I regard Dawn as a friend and an excellent lawyer, she understands the law, she is organized and exemplifies professionalism!
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    ~ E.L.

  • Dawn is a gifted, compassionate and generous person. She made it her goal to keep my cost down as much as possible. It's good knowing you're with someone talking the same language, who is not motivated by personal gain. I would recommend her without any hesitation... in fact, I told a friend of mine about her when he was facing his own divorce and he was every bit as satisfied with her services and the outcome.Lawyer Mississauga - Right Quote
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An experienced family lawyer provides help in understanding support obligations

family lawyer in Mississauga provides help in understanding support obligations

After a marriage breakdown, the process of dividing the assets that the family has accumulated over the years begins.  Family law can be a little  bit complicated; therefore acquiring the services of an experienced family lawyer cannot be overemphasized. Dawn Bennett, a Mississauga family law lawyer can assist you in making the process as painless as possible, as well as protecting  your financial future.

 

Spousal support

Under Ontario family law, marriage is considered an economic partnership. It recognizes that the spouse who brings in less income in the family may need financial assistance from the higher-earning former spouse. However, this arrangement in most cases is not for eternity, the disadvantaged spouse must take steps to become self-sufficient.

 

Entitlement

The legal obligation to pay spousal support can arise from the breakup of a common-law relationship or marriage. Support is not an automatic right arising from the breakdown of a marriage or common-law relationship. The spouse making the claim must prove entitlement.

 

Elements supporting entitlement includes:

  • Length of the marriage or common-law relationship
  • Roles played by the parties during the marriage
  • Respective ability of each party to earn income – Influenced by physical or mental health, skill set, propensity to learn new skills

Amount and duration

How much a spouse receives in spousal support or how long he or she receives such support is subject to a complex calculation that considers:

  • Current income of each spouse.
  • Earning potential of both spouses, based on education and employment histories
  • Joint decisions made during the marriage that impacted a spouse’s career or earnings
  • Ages of the parties
  • Health
  • Skills
  • Length of the marriage or common-law relationship
  • Roles played during the marriage

Adjustments may be made to any spousal support agreement  if there is a material change in circumstances of either spouse.

 

With so many factors involved in determining your entitlement to spousal support, enlisting the assistance of a family law professional is strongly recommended. For  detailed analysis of your individual situation, contact Dawn Bennett of Bennett Law Chambers in  Mississauga.


Bennett Law Chambers has a strong background in serving clients’ various needs in the area of family law. We are committed to helping our clients protect their interests, and can see you through your legal matter. Our Mississauga law office serves the areas of Oakville, Brampton, and the Greater Toronto area.

 

Contact Bennett Law Chambers at (905) 890-0474 to arrange a consultation.

 

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