Do your lawyers have family law expertise with international and Canadian Law? No this is my first time on your site.

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Customer: Do your lawyers have family law expertise with international and Canadian Law?
JA: Have the lawyers talked to a Canadian lawyer about this?
Customer: No this is my first time on your site
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: Can you help with a Canadian Divorce settlement if living outside Canada
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Customer: Not really....I just want to know my rights
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Welcome to JustAnswer. My name is***** will be working on your question today and I am looking forward to our conversation.

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Hi Debra......I am currently residing in Bali Indonesia. My husband and I of forty years are both Canadian and seperated 6 months ago. My daughter has advised that I should retain some sort of Canadian legal council in case something goes very wrong. I have been a stay at home mom for a good portion of our marriage. I am currently 63 years of age. My husband retired in December 2021 and things began falling apart. Financially, I depended on him to make all our financial decisions never thinking I would be in this predicament in a foreign country. He took his last working job with a Chinese company and took both our special needs son and I abroad to be with him as usual. He was transferred after 2 years to Indonesia with the same company....that is how we ended up in Bali. Anyway, all of our bank accounts that I know of are joint. My husband invested most of our joint income with a financial banking investment company. It seems that most of the investments are in his name as he claimed that they were all to do with RRSP's etc. The financial institution has been notified and they are supposed to be making sure that all of our investments...including mine can not be moved or touched without double signatures. It has been flag marked all over both files until a legal document has been prepared and signed by us both. This will protect us both.....but because of the situation, I encouraged this because I am the one who would be left with nothing to speak of if he wanted to do that to me. Currently, he says that he would never do this and will take care of both my special needs son and myself for the rest of our lives. We think that staying here in Indonesia would be best as it is affordable and offers a positive environment for our 23 year old son. Should something happen to either of us....we would be able to afford to hire people to look after him on a full time basis for the rest of his life and also provide a home for him. That is a huge concern as you might imagine. At his time my husband seems to be transparent, but I feel is still unpredictable because of our situation. I helped to put him through Univercity, help to pay back student loans, gave birth and raised 4 children and we adopted the fifth who is special needs. We moved about every five years so that he could climb his corporate ladder and so forth. He has been a CEO and has made six figures over the last working years of our marriage. Our only dependant is our special needs son whom we adopted at the age of 21 months. Our current arrangement only between the two of us is that he has our son for one week and then I get him one week and so forth. So far so good. At first I was hopeful that we would be able to work thru the minor problems he seemed to feel that we had.....but it seems inevitable that we are heading for a legal separation or divorce. I also had an inheritence of about $800,000.00 Canadian dollars that I shared with my family and put into our home. When we left Canada.....everything we owned was sold and the money was put into our joint accounts. He then proceeded to invest a good portion of our assets with my consent. I feel very gut wrenched that he could become mean and try to shirk his responsibilites living here in Indonesia. Is there anything that I can do to protect myself and our existing assets. He has said that he would divorce me if I should want, but neither of us would end up nearly the amount we would should we leave cash etc. in investments and draw from that as planned. I am so confused. He will be 65 in June and if he does go back to work could easily make a six figure salary again, where unfortunately this would not be the case for me. I also have fibromyalgia and it would be difficult for me to find and do any job in Canada for more than minimum wage even if I could work. Please if you kindly could tell me my legal rights and what I should do to protect myself in this current situation. Thank you.
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I live in Indonesia....was going to ask you to call me, but seems this can not be done. I will look for your response.
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Debra, Expert


I know your question is important to you and I will be giving it the time and attention it deserves.

Sometimes responses and replies take time, so I ask you to be courteous and patient to allow me the time to type answers to you and also to others. At times I may even have to do some research.

I am sorry to hear of this difficult situation.

I am also sorry for the delay. I had posted this well over an hour ago but it was wiped out.

What I wanted to know is when were you last living in Canada and also are there assets their assets from your RRSP and bank accounts?


Customer
Our last residence was in New Brunswick. We have common assets or joint bank accounts. We also have investments that are mostly in my husband's name but I also have a portfolio in my name. Yes they include RRSP's etc. as well as cash accounts. Thank you
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How much time has passed since you were last living in New Brunswick?

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Left in June 2016
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We were both raised in Ontario and married in 1981 in Hamilton Ontario. I lived in Burlington and my husband in Hamilton. Both of us were born in Hamilton, Ontario.
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Left Canada to go to China in June 2016 and then moved to Sumatera and then to Bali
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Debra, Expert

Here is the answer to your query. Please do not hesitate to ask any follow up questions related to this response and know that I will respond as soon as I can.

You cannot apply for a divorce in Canada. You have to have lived in one province for one full year.

You cannot apply for support either.

You may be able to apply for a division of assets just to divide the assets inside of Canada if you cannot deal with them in the jurisdiction where you will be applying for the divorce.

Does that help?

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Is there anything more I can help you with before I mark this question as complete?

Customer
Thank you for this information. You can mark my question as complete.
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Debra, Expert

Thank you for trusting us to help you here at JustAnswer. If you need more clarification or have a follow-up question just reply and we can continue our dialogue. If you would like to ask me new questions please start a new post and if you do if you say “This is only for Debra” I will be sure to give your post top priority.

Although I can’t always give good news, I am direct and do my best to simplify things for people to understand.

Thank you very much!

Best wishes,

Debra


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