Family Law

We know that contemplating family issues from a legal perspective can be frightening and emotional. We handle all family law matters from less complicated cases to very complex cases involving the division of family property. We will work diligently to provide answers that are well-researched and best suited to your unique family circumstances. We will be the voice of reason in sensitive family law situations.

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We Provide the Following Family Law Services:

Our family law services are explained in further detail below. Click the link to scroll down to more information related to the services you seek.

We also handle the following family law matters:

  • Inter-jurisdictional and Foreign Matters
  • Complex Investigation of a Spouse’s Business
  • Complex Investigation of a Spouse’s Assets
  • Hague Convention and International Child Abduction
  • Legal Research and Opinions
  • Strong Advocacy in Court

All of our family law services extend to same sex relationships and marriages.


Separation

Separation from a partner or a spouse can lead you to either resolve your family law matters amicably or with court intervention. Whether you are in a common law relationship or married to your spouse, an amicable resolution is often reached by preparing a separation agreement which outlines all of your rights and obligations to one another. Divorce may be contemplated in such agreements.


Divorce

Is the legal dissolution of a marriage by a court or other competent body. Making the decision to divorce your spouse can be a complicated matter if you have children and property to divide and remarrying after a divorce may need an opinion of a lawyer as to whether the divorce is valid in Canada.


Domestic Contracts / Agreements

There are various agreements available in family law to set out the rights and obligations of parties during the relationship and following the breakdown of relationships. Agreements such as cohabitation agreements (when parties are unmarried and living together), premarital/marriage agreements (also known as prenuptial agreements), and separation agreements can be very useful tools in giving parties a roadmap of how to conduct their affairs during relationships and following a break up. Amongst other matters, these agreements can clearly outline the ownership and division of property, parenting and custody scenarios, spousal support and child support obligations.


Child Custody, Access and Parenting Plans

“Custody” of Children involves the right of a parent to make decisions related to the welfare or best interest of their children. “Access” involves where the child(ren) live and how much time the child(ren) will spend with each parent. We work with our clients and opposing parties to arrive at parenting plans that are beneficial to the unique circumstances of each household either through negotiation or court intervention.


Spousal Support

The entitlement of a common law partner or a spouse to spousal support is factual and dependant on the circumstances during and after cohabitation/marriage. A spouse with a higher income may have the responsibility to support the lower income spouse. The difference in spouse’s incomes is just one factor that may lead to a determination of spousal support. How long spousal support must be paid by the supporting spouse is also dependant on the situation. The amount of spousal support payable is determined under the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines. It is important to meet with a lawyer determine the factors that may make you eligible to receive spousal support.


Child Support

All parents must support their child(ren) if the children are considered “dependants” under the law. When common law or married spouses separate, the living arrangement of the parties dictate which spouse becomes the “payor” of child support and which spouse becomes the “recipient” of support. The amount of child support payable is determined by the Child Support Guidelines.


Property Division

Property division in common law relationship and marriages are treated differently under the law. We handle all types of property division matters from simple to very complex property division involving various assets and businesses. In such cases, investigations of financial records related to the parties’ assets and businesses may be required, including investigations to determine whether a spouse has any other sources of income.


Child Welfare and Protection

Child welfare agencies in Ontario work to protect the interests of children. The law allows the these child welfare agencies to remove children from their families and to ask courts for Court Orders to protect children. The law concerning this area of family law is the Child and Family Services Act. If you have received any court documents from any child welfare agency, you should immediate contact our law office.


Legal Aid Ontario provides low-income individuals with a range of services and in particular family law services.

We accept clients with valid certificates from Legal Aid Ontario, but we do not make eligibility determinations for Legal Aid. It is your responsibility to call Legal Aid directly and explain to them your circumstances and apply for a Legal Aid Certificate first before calling our office.

If you have been approved of a Legal Aid Certificate and have been provided with a Certificate Number (“CE” number) and a Client Number (“CLT” number) please contact us for an appointment.