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Negotiating, litigating and resolving all of your family law financial needs.

Going through a separation is a very stressful time. Hearty Law can help reduce the stress and work with you towards a fair and amicable resolution that will allow everyone to move forward in their new lives.

If your separation has complex financial issues, Hearty Law is the ideal choice to assist. Whether the issue is related to spousal support or child support, pension issues or identification of assets, you require a knowledgeable family lawyer in Ottawa working on your side.

Experienced in professional discipline and employment law issues, Hearty Law will help you during these difficult times.

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Hearty Law

Hearty Law provides effective legal service related to all of your family law and employment law issues.

Whether you believe your ex-spouse is hiding assets to avoid support payments, or your ex-spouse is falsely accusing you of hiding assets, Hearty Law has the financial experience you need. Hearty Law negotiates, litigates and resolves all of your complex financial issues.

Also, experienced in employment law matters and professional discipline issues, Hearty Law is here to help during these difficult times.

Located at 500-1000 Innovation Drive, Kanata, Ontario and serving Ottawa and surrounding areas, contact Hearty Law today at ottawa@heartylaw.ca.

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Providing knowledgeable, effective and professional legal services, Hearty Law is here to help you through your most difficult times.

Mackenzie Soucie
Mackenzie Soucie
2023-02-24
Mackenzie Slaney
Mackenzie Slaney
2022-11-16
Gordon Campbell
Gordon Campbell
2021-01-28
Peter is an outstanding lawyer. I would trust him with my most challenging legal matters.
David Currie
David Currie
2021-01-28

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The Role of an Employment Lawyer: When and Why to Seek Legal Counsel

By Peter Hearty

Employment laws can be complex, and navigating them can be challenging without the assistance of an experienced professional. That’s where an employment lawyer comes in.  An employment lawyer specializes in providing legal advice and representation to employees and employers in matters related to the workplace.  Whether you’re facing an issue at work or seeking guidance…

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How Hearty Law Helps Navigate Custody Matters With Divorce and Children

By Peter Hearty

Divorce can be an incredibly challenging and emotionally charged process, particularly when children are involved. The impact of separation and divorce on children’s lives cannot be understated, and it is crucial to have an experienced family lawyer by your side to navigate the complexities of custody matters.  Hearty Law understands the unique legal and emotional…

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The Emotional Toll of Family Law Litigation: Strategies for Coping

By Peter Hearty

Family law litigation can be an incredibly challenging experience that takes a significant emotional toll on those involved. The legal process can be overwhelming and stressful, leaving individuals feeling anxious, frustrated, and exhausted.  However, it’s essential to remember that there are strategies for coping with the emotional toll of family law litigation. This blog post…

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Family Law Assistance in Ottawa: How Hearty Law Can Help You Navigate Your Legal Journey

By Peter Hearty

Family law matters can be complex and emotionally challenging. Whether you’re going through a divorce, dealing with child custody issues, or facing other family-related legal situations, having the right legal support can make all the difference. If you are an Ottawa resident needing family law assistance, Hearty Law is here to help. Why Family Law…

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Alimony and Spousal Support: Ottawa’s Guidelines and Legal Considerations

By Peter Hearty

When a marriage or common-law relationship ends, one of the significant financial aspects to consider is alimony or spousal support. In Ottawa, specific guidelines and legal considerations are in place to determine the amount and duration of alimony payments, ensuring fair and equitable outcomes for both parties. Understanding Alimony and Spousal Support Alimony, also known…

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Mediation vs. Litigation in Family Law: Choosing the Right Path for Your Case with Hearty Law

By Peter Hearty

Navigating the often-tumultuous emotional terrain and the high stakes involved in family law situations can make resolving disputes daunting. Two routes are generally pursued: mediation and litigation.  Selecting between these two pathways largely depends on understanding what each process entails and the specific details of your situation. At Hearty Law, we’re here to guide you…

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Common Myths about Family Law in Ottawa: Debunking Misconceptions

By Peter Hearty

Navigating family law matters can be an emotional and multifaceted process. Common misconceptions can compound the complexity. Nevertheless, a solid understanding of family law procedures function is crucial in enabling better decision-making and reducing unnecessary stress. This blog post tackles prevalent myths about family law circulating in Ottawa to present a comprehensive, accurate depiction. The…

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Child Custody Battles: How a Family Lawyer Can Help You Navigate the Process

By Peter Hearty

Few circumstances in life can compare to the emotional turmoil and distress of a child custody battle. These struggles not only tax you emotionally but also present a maze of legal complexities that can be difficult to tackle alone. At Hearty Law, we understand the immense pressure such battles place on parents. Our role, as…

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Domestic Violence and Family Law: Seeking Protection and Legal Remedies

By Peter Hearty

Domestic violence is a pervasive and harrowing issue, affecting individuals and families from all walks of life. It takes various forms, including emotional, physical, psychological, and financial abuse, and often involves intimate partner violence, child abuse, or elder abuse. For victims caught in the whirlwind of such distressing circumstances, finding the courage to break free…

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Ex-Spouse Hiding Income to Avoid Child Support and Spousal Support Payments

By Peter Hearty

During divorce proceedings, an ex-spouse may attempt to hide assets and income to avoid child support and spousal support payments. If you are in this situation, seek legal assistance.

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The Cost of Divorce in Ontario

By Peter Hearty

The cost of a divorce in Ontario is related to the reasonableness of each person. Parents who refuse to get along will pay astromical legal fees.

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Divorce is Expensive in Ontario Because of Unreasonable Parents

By Peter Hearty

Divorce can be expensive in Ontario, but only if parents act unreasonably. Trying to look at the situation from the eyes of the other parent may assist in resolving some conflict. This is another story of how two parents arguing over every little issue winds up spending over $100,000 on yet another trial.

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Divorce Costs in Ontario Rise With Refusal to Negotiate

By Peter Hearty

The cost of divorce in Ontario rises dramatically when one person refuses to negotiate in good faith. This blog post looks at a recent decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal, which resulted in the mother paying the father $250,000 in legal fees.

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How Do I Change Spousal Support Payments in Ontario

By Peter Hearty

Spousal support is often a contentious issue in a divorce. It can be very difficult to change a court order once it has been issued. If there has been a material change in circumstances since the order was made, altering spousal support may be possible. This means an involuntary event such as retirement. The most important thing to do is to have legal representation when the initial order is made.

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Order for Costs Enforced by the Family Responsibility Office

By Peter Hearty

Costs are typically awarded to a successful party in a divorce trial. In certain circumstances, these cost awards may be enforced by the Family Responsibility Office in Ontario.

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Date When Property is Valued in Divorce in Ontario

By Peter Hearty

A contentious divorce issue is often the date when property is valued in Ontario. This date is when the couple begins to live separately and apart with no realistic possibility of reconciliation. When there is a minor difference in the dates, there may be no impact on how the property is valued. Significant differences in…

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Bad Faith and the High Cost of Divorce

By Peter Hearty

This is a story from a court decision released last week by the Ontario Court of Justice. This is a textbook example of what not to do as it demonstrates bad faith and the high cost of divorce. The father attempted to leave the mother homeless. It ended up costing far more than what would have been the likely outcome had the father been reasonable to start.

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Appealing a Family Law Decision in Ontario? What You Need to Know

By Peter Hearty

When someone is not successful on a family law motion, they often immediately consider an appeal. A review of Ontario Court of Appeal decisions in 2020 demonstrate that successful family law appeals are not easy. This article is about some things you need to know before appealing.

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My Ex-Spouse is Sick and Can’t Pay Child Support

By Peter Hearty

There are times when an ex-spouse can’t work due to a medical condition. This limits their income and reduces their inability to pay child support. A claim of a medical condition requires proof and a lack of proof can result in significant child support arrears.

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Can I Appeal a Spousal Support Order in Ontario?

By Peter Hearty

A spousal support order can be very costly. It is very difficult to overturn on appeal, so you need to spend time with your argument at trial.

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Child Support Payments and Undue Hardship in Ontario

By Peter Hearty

Child support payments may cause undue hardship. There is a high burden to prove that child support payments ought to be reduced. There needs to be significant objective evidence for a court to deviate from the Federal Child Support Guidelines.

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RRSP Withdrawals Income for Child Support Purposes?

By Peter Hearty

Federal child support guidelines provide a simple method in calculating child support. Determining income can be difficult. RRSP withdrawals are typically used to cover non-recurring expenses, such as a house purchase or to fund legal costs. These withdrawals can be considered income, as it is money available to pay child support.

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Calculation of Child Support When a Parent is Underemployed

By Peter Hearty

When a parent is deliberately underemployed, Ontario courts will impute an income which will be the amount that child support payments are based on.

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Veterans Affairs Disability Pension Considered Income for Support Purposes?

By Peter Hearty

Veterans Affairs disability pensions can be a significant source of monthly income. Whether or not this amount needs to be included in any specific situation is dependent on a number of factors.

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Can I Sell the Matrimonial Home During a Divorce in Ontario?

By Peter Hearty

One of the most often asked questions is what happens to the matrimonial home when a couple divorces. More succinctly: can I sell matrimonial home during divorce in Ontario? The issue becomes much more prevalent during a global pandemic, when there is much uncertainty in the housing market. This exact issue was decided earlier this…

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Changing Primary Residence of Children Before School

By Peter Hearty

Changing the primary residence of the children is a difficult decision, especially immediately before school starts. If you believe the best interests of the children means a change to where they live, you will want to read this post.

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Separated Parents Disagree – Back to School or Online School

By Peter Hearty

Recently, the Ontario government released information on the plans to return children to school. This has caused conflict between some parents on whether or not sending children back to school, or online schooling is better.

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How to Get Overnight Access With Your Children

By Peter Hearty

When one parent leaves the matrimonial home, a common concern is how to exercise overnight access with the children. When the same money prior to separation now has to pay for two households, there are concerns with sleeping arrangements. This post looks at some practical consideration of these issues.

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5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Seeking Sole Custody of Your Child

By Peter Hearty

Seeking sole custody of your child can be contentious when the other parent doesn’t agree. Here are 5 pitfalls to avoid when seeking custody of your child.

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False Allegations of Domestic Violence Impacts Custody

By Peter Hearty

False allegations of domestic violence typically result from an emotional response to a volatile situation. False allegations are harmful and Courts will often be skeptical about your ability to co-parent in these circumstances. This blog post looks at a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision that addresses these issues.

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Both Parents Need to be Reasonable on Claim of Alienation

By Peter Hearty

Going to Court on an urgent basis to seek access, when the other parent is offering access is a recipe for having costs awarded against you.

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Sole Custody vs Joint Custody for Quarreling Parents

By Peter Hearty

Quarreling parents can’t make joint decisions. In this blog post I review a recent Ottawa court decision where the Judge reviewed the law on joint custody vs sole custody. While not wanting to reward a parent who refuses to cooperate, sole custody may be the only option if parents will not be able to make joint decisions in the best interests of the child.

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Ex-spouse Makes False Allegation of Abuse

By Peter Hearty

What do you do when your ex-spouse makes false allegations of abuse. This can happen in high-conflict divorces. This is a story of a very recent Court decision in Ottawa, Ontario, where the mother made false allegations. The father was awarded sole custody.

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My Ex-Spouse is Wrongfully Preventing Access to My Child

By Peter Hearty

When one parent wrongfully prevents the other parent from exercising access with the child, it is concerning. The only solution is to get legal advice.

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Grandparents Have Rights to Visit Grandchildren in Ontario?

By Peter Hearty

Do Grandparents have a right to visit their grandchildren in Ottawa and surrounding area? Family conflict often arises where grandparents are restricted from building a relationship with their grandchildren. This blog post looks at Ontario law and how grandparents can gain access to their grandchildren.

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Finding the Right Divorce Lawyer for you in Ottawa

By Peter Hearty

If you are asking who is the best divorce lawyer in Ottawa, you are asking the wrong question. You need to find the divorce lawyer that will fit your needs.

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Common Law Spouse in Ontario? You Need a Will

By Peter Hearty

When a common-law partner dies without a will in Ontario, the surviving spouse has no automatic entitlement to a share in the estate. The solution is to get a will.

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Making a Will: Testamentary Freedom

By Peter Hearty

An adult child being left out of a will can often be difficult to accept. Ontario Courts have determined that the person making a will is free to make their own decisions.

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Why Update Your Will as an Estate Planning Strategy?

By Peter Hearty

Spending a few hundred dollars in legal fees to update her will would have saved this family over $100,000 in legal fees.

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