Family Law and Divorce

Our lawyers have years of experience providing services to clients in the Ottawa area for separation, divorces, cohabitation agreements, marital contracts, spousal support and child support.

Family Law practice is an area of the law that is often straightforward and uncomplicated. A straightforward and uncontested family matter should be finalized efficiently and without unreasonable expense. This is what we do for our clients. Unfortunately, at times family law is complicated and adversarial and, in these cases we follow our client’s instructions. We provide the best legal advice possible to obtain the best outcome for our client. Our commitment is to help you avoid unnecessary and unproductive litigation and the exorbitant legal costs that follow.

WE FOCUS ON RESULTS

We are client-oriented and we understand clients want a lawyer who is result-oriented. We can focus on results for you and represent your interest in the following:

  • Separation agreements
  • Variation of separation agreements due to change in circumstances
  • Marriage contracts
  • Divorce
  • Child custody and access
  • Child and spousal support
  • Division of property as well as any other matters which may arise prior to or during the parties’ separation
  • Variation of a court order due to a change in circumstances

LEGAL FEES & DISBURSEMENTS

In an attempt to bring some order to the legal system, the legislators have imposed deadlines on individuals who wish to enforce their legal rights and seek their legal remedies.

 

There are such deadlines in Family Law and if missed, you risk losing your legal rights and you may be barred from making your legal claim. Judges are not generally in favour of extending a deadline that has been imposed by provincial or federal legislators. This may seem harsh or unfair, however you must protect yourself and take the necessary steps to enforce your legal rights.

 

We recommend that you contact a lawyer if you think you need legal help or legal advice in Family Law, or legal representation by a lawyer. Do not wait. We will be happy to meet with you to learn about the case and explain to you your legal rights and remedies.

BEWARE OF DEADLINES AFFECTING YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS

The onus is on your lawyer to explain the cost of his or her legal services. A client should not have to ask. One of the most important elements of a good solicitor-client relationship is an up-front understanding of legal costs. More importantly, a client who has a firm understanding of legal costs is a client who is better prepared to decide on a course of action and instruct his or her lawyer on how to proceed. The fact of the matter is that when a client is facing his or her legal options, legal costs are an integral part of his or her decision.

 

In Family Law, for example, it is often necessary to hire an expert to place a value on assets such as pensions, Registered Retirement Savings Plans (R.R.S.P.), cottages, and homes BEFORE they are divided up. On occasion, forensic auditors or private investigators are required.

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