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Canada, July 26, 2017: When you are going through turmoil while in a marriage that is not working out for some reasons, you helplessly keep having an urge to put an end to it. A lot of people keep the option of getting a divorce in the back of their mind in a fear of losing the relationship and being tagged as a divorcee. This fear and holding on to a rotting relationship might blind you to only make you suffer more.
A lot of people believe filing a divorce could be a complicated process. And this makes them want to rather give another chance to the relationship. You can’t change a person’s disposition. After a chain of “another chances” that you might give to your relationship, at some point divorce might be the only alternative.
To be eligible to file a divorce, you should meet the three criteria. If you were legally married in Canada or some other country; you believe there is no possibility of getting back together with your spouse; and you and/or your spouse have been in Ontario at least for 12 months prior to your application, you are eligible for a divorce. If you are not legally married, The Divorce Act of Canada doesn’t apply to you and you are not eligible for divorce apparently.
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While The Divorce Act is a federal law, every province and territory is individually responsible for the process of getting a divorce. So, make sure you are filling the right form of your territory or province. Most of the work related to the application can be dealt by your lawyer.
But if you and your spouse live in a country that doesn’t recognize your Canadian marriage, there can be an exception to the residency requirement. Under Civil Marriage act, you may be able to end your marriage by applying for it in Ontario with the help of existing forms from Ministry of Attorney General. If you and you partner are not married and want to separate, you can negotiate a “separation agreement” and child custody related issues under the laws of Ontario.
One important thing you should keep in mind is that Civil Marriage Act only allows you to end your marriage. If you are not a Canadian resident, you can’t get divorce in Canada. In order to end your marriage through Civil Marriage Act, you need to apply to a Superior Court of the territory or province where you and your spouse got married. After ending your marriage through The Civil Marriage Act, other issues, like child custody need to be dealt with separately.
Some of the legally accepted reasons for you to get a divorce are:
- You and your spouse have separated and lived apart for a year and consider that your marriage is over.
- Your spouse has committed adultery and you have not and would not forgive him/her.
- Your spouse has abused you physically, mentally, emotionally, or sexually.
Before you proceed to file a divorce or the starting process of divorce, it would be better if you seek advice from a legal expert in family law prior to it. The family law expert will break the laws down for you and explain you what and what doesn’t apply to your case and how to go about it. He or she will also give you a clear idea about the rights that you hold. You can refer to firms like Hummingbird Law that have talented and professional lawyers and legal advisors.
To begin with the process of filing divorce, you should first fill the divorce application and submit it at a courthouse in Ontario. Follow all the court rules and pay the court fees that you are required to. In order to get a divorce, you have to pay a certain cost. This is generally something that the legal expert you talk to would let you know about.
Mediation is one of the ways through which you can resolve issues related to child custody, division of property, child and spousal support etc. If you plan to hire a private mediator, you should know that a mediator may be of any profession, like a social-worker, psychologist etc.
If you want to seek legal advice from an expert in family law, at Hummingbird Law, you can find lawyers who work to resolve family related issues in a fair and respectful manner. Their expertise coupled with a rich experience in divorce and separation related affairs make their service top-notch. To know more about family law in Ontario, you can refer to a booklet about related laws that might affect you when you and your spouse separate. It is available from the Ministry of the Attorney General in nine languages.
Diwali is arguably one of the most auspicious and celebrated holidays in South Asia. It is celebrated over the span of five days, where the third is considered most important and known as Diwali. During Diwali people come together to light, lamps, and diyas, savour sweet delicacies and pray to the lord. The day has various origin stories with the main them being the victory of good over evil. While the North celebrates the return of Lord Rama and Devi Sita to Ayodhya, the South rejoices in the victory of Lord Krishna and his consort Satyabhama over evil Narakasura.
Narakasura- The great mythical demon King
Naraka or Narakasur was the son of Bhudevi (Goddess Earth) and fathered either by the Varaha incarnation of Vishnu or Hiranyaksha. He grew to be a powerful demon king and became the legendary progenitor of all three dynasties of Pragjyotisha-Kamarupa, and the founding ruler of the legendary Bhauma dynasty of Pragjyotisha.
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Narakasura was created, grew up to be strong and powerful but he was not satisfied with it, so he decided that he would worship Lord Brahma. He performed severe penance and was driven by the power of his penance; Lord Brahma appeared before him. Narakasura knew his mother loved him dearly so he asked Lord Brahma to grant him a boon that he would only die by the hands of his mother, Bhumidevi. Lord Brahma smile and ultimately granted him the boon.
Narakasura burst out laughing as Lord Brahma vanished. He thought no mother would kill their child so Lord Brahma had made him immortal. Drunk and maddened by his own power Narakasura brought all the kingdoms under his control and targeted Swargalok (Heaven). Even Indra (King of Gods) and demi-gods had to retreat in front of Narakasura. He kidnapped and took 16,000 women from the palaces as prisoners. Troubled by Naraksura's deeds the gods rushed to Lord Vishnu for a solution.
Lord Krishna and Devi Satyabhama were born to kill Narakasura
Lord Vishnu was born as Lord Krishna and Narakasura's mother Bhumidevi took the avatar of Krishna's wife Satyabhama. As Satyabhama, Bhumidevi was unaware of the knowledge of Naraksura being her son. Aditi the mother of all gods approached Satyabhama crying for help with bloodied ears as Narakasura had torn off the glowing earrings from the ears of Aditi.
Satyabhama was furious on gaining the knowledge of Narakasura's atrocities she asked Krishna to fight the demon king while she fights alongside him. Krishna agreed and they attacked the great fortress of Narakasura, riding his mount Garuda with his wife Satyabhama.
The furious battle unleashed. Krishna defeated Narakasura's general Mura and came to be known as Murari (the killer of Mura). Narakasura used several divine weapons against Krishna, but Krishna slew all those weapons effortlessly. The demon hurled a shakti towards Krishna, which mildly hurt Krishna and he fell unconscious. Upon this sight Satyabhama was enraged, she furiously pulled out a weapon of her own and hurled it at Narakasura's chest. Anxious Satyabhama turned to her fallen Lord, Krishna got up with a smile and he was completely fine. He was only playing his part. It was Satyabhama who was an incarnation of Bhoomidevi, whose hands were destined to slay Narakasura.
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Lord Krishna and Goddess Satyabhama had put an end to the Narakasura's kingdom of evil. As Narakasura lay on his deathbed he realised that Satyabhama was no one but an avatar of his own mother. He requested a boon from his mother, for no one to mourn his death. Instead, he wished for people to celebrate it with light and colours. They freed the 16,000 women who later married Lord Krishna to restore them of their honour in society, retrieved Mother goddess's earrings. This day is celebrated as 'Naraka Chaturdashi' popularly known as Choti Diwali - the day before Diwali as the triumph of good over evil.
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For all the great inventions that we have at hand, it is amazing how we keep going back to the safety pin every single time to fix everything. Be it tears in our clothes, to fix our broken things, to clean our teeth and nails when toothpicks are unavailable, to accessorize our clothes, and of course, as an integral part of the Indian saree. Safety pins are a must-have in our homes. But how did they come about at all?
The safety pin was invented at a time when brooches existed. They were used by the Greeks and Romans quite extensively. A man named Walter Hunt picked up a piece of brass and coiled it into the safety pin we know today. He did it just to pay off his debt. He even sold the patent rights of this seemingly insignificant invention just so that his debtors would leave him alone.
Anyone wearing safety pins that were visible began to be associated with the rock movement in the 70s. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
Later, he even invented the sewing needles and a couple of other important inventions but never kept any of the patent rights.
When the punk rock tradition took over in the seventies, safety pins became a fashion rage. They were used as piercings and to patch clothes together. Anyone wearing safety pins that were visible began to be associated with the rock movement. In some cultures, the safety pins have become symbols of good luck.
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In South India, Deepavali marks the end of the monsoon and heralds the start of winter. The festival is usually observed in the weeks following heavy rain, and just before the first cold spell in the peninsula. The light and laughter that comes with the almost week-long celebration are certainly warm to the bones, but there is still a tradition that the South Indians follow to ease their transition from humidity to the cold.
Just before the main festival, the family bathes in sesame oil. This tradition is called 'yellu yennai snaana' in Kannada, or 'ennai kuliyal' in Tamil, which translates to 'sesame oil bath'. The eldest member of the family applies three drops of heated oil on each member's head. They must massage this oil into their hair and body. The oil is allowed to soak in for a while, anywhere between twenty minutes to an hour. After this, they must wash with warm water before sunrise.
Women applying oil to the heads of men Photo credit: Indians in Kuwait
In some parts of the peninsula, soap is not used to wash off the oil because it nullifies its effects. Some cultures who do not like the oil to remain in any way on their skin wash it off with shikakai and herbs, which is a paste that is traditionally used as a substitute for soap. Sometimes, the oil is heated with flowers and spices as well and is less sticky than in its pure form.
The purpose of this ritual is to cleanse the body, detoxify it, and produce heat in it. Sesame is a very heaty substance and tends to heat up the body. This heat, or 'usshna' in Kannada, prepares the body to face the sudden cold that comes to the peninsula immediately after Diwali. South India has no smooth transition weather-wise from monsoon to winter. There are a few days of stable, rainless weather, and suddenly the cold winds descend.
In many ways, the celebration of Diwali is centered around preparing for winter, considering the amount of heat and light the rituals consist of – lighting lamps, bursting crackers, and consuming warm treats. Those who practice these rituals earnestly find the shift in seasons and weather quite pleasant.
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