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This is a criminal offence. If you disobey a court order, including a peace bond you can be charged with this offence.  If you are convicted, you can be sentenced to up to two years in jail.

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A disposition order is a final order from a judge. For example, you need a disposition order before an enforcement officer can seize and sell someone’s personal property.

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A dispute resolution officer (DRO) is a senior lawyer who is trained to help people resolve their issues.

Title: diversion
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A voluntary way to resolve minor criminal charges. If you complete diversion, you will not be convicted of the offence you were charged with. You deal with your charges without having a trial or pleading guilty. Instead, you do things to repair the harm you did to the community. Diversion is generally only available for minor crimes.

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To divide property is the process of dividing a married couple's assets and debts. This usually happens after they separate or divorce.

Married couples usually share the value of their property. This means that the partner who has more property usually pays money to the partner who has less property. Usually, the property itself is not physically divided.

This is not true for people in a common-law relationship. They usually don't have to share the value of their property if they separate.

Title: divorce
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A divorce is a court order that ends a marriage legally. Sometimes, you don't need to go to court, but at least one partner needs to fill out court paperwork to get the divorce order.

Title: divorce order
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A divorce order is an order from the court that legally ends a marriage.

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Domestic assault happens when someone applies force to an intimate partner or ex-partner or threatens to do this This can include pushing, punching, kicking, or trying to do any of those things.

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A domestic contract is a written document that you and your partner can make that says how you will deal with your issues while you are together or at the end of your relationship. For example, you can say how much spousal support one partner will pay the other if they separate. A domestic contract might be called something else, including:

  • a cohabitation agreement if it was made before or while you were living together, and you and your partner aren't married
  • a marriage contract if it was made before you were married and you were planning to marry at the time, or after you got married
  • a separation agreement if it was made after you've separated from your partner
Title: duty counsel
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Duty counsel are private lawyers or Legal Aid Ontario staff lawyers who give legal help right away to people who appear in court that day without a lawyer if their income is low enough. They give free legal advice and can help negotiate and settle issues, but they can't take on a whole case or represent a person at trial.

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