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Matrimonial Matters

Family Law Agreements

  1. Separation Agreements
  2. Marriage Agreements / Pre-nuptial Agreements
  3. Cohabitation Agreements

Collaborative Divorce / Collaborative Family Law

How Collaborative Divorce Works

The collaborative process is a non-adversarial legal process where each party retains a trained Collaborative Family Lawyer for their divorce. Other professionals can also be involved (depending on your case), such as Divorce Coaches (counsellors), Financial Specialists, and Child Specialists. This team approach is more specialized and is often a cost-effective way to deal with separation (rather than just leaving it all to the lawyers and the Court system).

  • No court — Both you and your spouse, and your lawyers sign a participation agreement to work together at resolving your issues without going to court.
  • Honest communication — You and your spouse also agree in writing to open and honest communication, including agreeing to openly share information (such as information about your finances) with one another.
  • Team approach — Trained lawyers, divorce coaches, child specialists and financial advisers are available to help you, as necessary. You, your lawyers, and your coaches will work as a team to solve your disputes, whether the issues relate to support, division of property, or parenting.
  • Four-way meetings — Instead of letting your lawyers do most of the talking, you and your spouse and your lawyers participate in a series of meetings. The number of meetings required will depend on how many issues you and your spouse face and how complex these issues are.

The Collaborative Divorce Process

  • You and your spouse agree to work together with lawyers who practice collaborative family law to find acceptable solutions that work for both of you.
  • Both you and your spouse are represented by your own collaborative family lawyer.
  • Once all of the details of your divorce are resolved/settled, your lawyer will draft a separation agreement which will outline all of the terms of your divorce. The collaborative process ends when the separation agreement is signed and finalized. An agreement reached through the collaborative family law process is a legal contract and is binding.
  • After the separation agreement signed and finalized by both parties, you can apply for a divorce. Divorce is the legal termination of a marriage by an order of the court. You must prove that you have been separated from your spouse for a year, or that your spouse treated you cruelly, or that your spouse had sex with someone else.

Benefits of Collaborative Divorce

  • Collaborative Divorce can be less costly, meaning you will likely pay less money in legal fees, compared to starting a legal action in Court for your divorce.
  • You have some control over your outcome/result, as opposed to going to Court where a judge will decide the outcome.
  • Avoiding the stress, anxiety, and animosity of the litigation process and having to go to Court.
  • Can likely get your case resolved quicker as opposed to going to Court.
  • Allows for you and your spouse the opportunity to come up with your own solutions (you have a say in the process).
  • Best interests of children is a driving factor.
  • Results often benefit both of the parties involved.

Collaborative Family Law Not Meant For Everyone

Collaborative family law may not be appropriate for everyone, especially if there have been issues of family violence or child abuse, or if one spouse won’t participate fairly in the process.

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Let us help you with your family law matter. Our law firm specializes in Collaborative Family Law and Divorce Cases.

General Divorce Cases

We offer a full range of legal services to assist individuals facing Divorce, Separation, Parenting issues, Child & Spousal Support issues, and all other Matrimonial matters.

We assist clients with all aspects of family law. Our approach to a case depends on the specific circumstances of our client(s). Our goal is to help our clients resolve their family law matters expeditiously, in a cost-effective manner while reducing stress and unnecessary conflict. Our progressive approach ensures a quicker resolution to family law cases. With the use of negotiation and litigation, as well as alternative dispute resolution methods including,

collaboration, mediation, arbitration, and parenting coordination, we will get you the results you deserve in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Our services include:

  • Parenting time and Custody Issues
  • Contact and Access Issues
  • Guardianship Issues
  • Mobility/Relocation of Children
  • Spousal Support Issues
  • Child Support Issues
  • Divorce Proceedings
  • Division/Equalization of Family Property and Debt (Assets and Liabilities)
  • High Net Worth Divorces
  • General Matrimonial Disputes
  • Review/Variation of Existing Court Orders
  • Provision of Independent Legal Advice
  • Mediation
  • Parenting Coordination
  • Arbitration
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Child Protection Issues
  • Adoption

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