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What you need to know if you are considering getting a divorce in 2019

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The financial consequences of a separation are far-reaching and long-lasting. Look before you leap.Postmedia News files

A New Yorker cartoon famously pictures two young children admiring their Christmas tree. Presents are stacked so high, the tree is barely visible. The older child sagely says to her younger brother, “Cherish this moment, because clearly our parents are getting a divorce.”

Family lawyers are often inundated with new client calls in early January. For those readers who feel their marriages are beyond repair and are considering picking up the phone to make one of those calls, here are some words of advice.

Understand the legal implications of your decision

The financial consequences of a separation are far-reaching and long-lasting. Look before you leap. After you have googled “what to know about divorce in Canada” — and before you’ve told your spouse you’re separating — speak to a reputable lawyer who regularly practices family law about your specific circumstances.

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