As a lawyer, I have been interviewing clients for 38 years. In that time, I have found one particularly sad phenomenon. I call it the "Doorknob Syndrome", but it is really the reluctance of an abused person to call themselves abused because the reality of being a victim is overwhelming. As a result, they leave out relevant and important disclosure necessary to help them.
Some months ago, I wrote a blog entitled "Should I Stay or Should I go, (Part 1 of 2)" and it talked about leaving a marriage/common law relationship. This blog entry is about what you do if you decide to stay in the relationship.
Many people who come to family law lawyers have one foot out the door, but they haven't made the decision to leave. They have a family with their spouse and, while they're not thrilled about their spouse and claim they are not in love with them, they still have a life together. As a result, I'm often asked - should I stay or should I go?
Under Canada's Divorce Act, there are three grounds for divorce in Canada all termed "breakdown of the marriage":