Family Law

No matter what stage or situation a couple's relationship is at, our mission is to protect our clients' rights and help them navigate through a process that requires significant emotional capital. 

What counts in making a happy relationship is not so much how compatible you are but how you deal with incompatibility.

- Leo Tolstoy

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Types of Family Law matters we can help you with.

Our Family Law practice covers a wide-range of stages and situations related to a couple’s relationship.  Contact us for legal help.

A divorce is when a valid marriage breaks down and is dissolved on the date of the decree of divorce.  A divorce can be initiated as: (i) a simple (uncontested divorce) where the applicant requests a divorce alone and no other additional relief, (ii) a joint divorce (initiated by both spouses) where they request a divorce alone (on consent) or a divorce and other relief (on consent), or (iii) a divorce with corollary issues (contested) where the applicant seeks a divorce and other relief. 

The same type of separation issues dealing with corollary issues like division of property, support amounts, parenting time, etc., arise in situations where spouses were living together in marriage-like relationships but were not legally married.   

Child support is governed by the Federal Child Support Guidelines under the Divorce Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. 3 (2nd Supp.), and the Provincial Child Support Guidelines, O. Reg. 391/97, under the Family Law Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. F.3.  These are the presumptive guideline table amounts and they are a factor in the calculation of child support.  However, there are various other factors and circumstances that affect child support payments.

Spousal support is a payment or a series of payments made from one spouse to another after their separation.  These amounts are frequently determined using the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines, and legal considerations govern the questions of entitlement to spousal support, the quantum (amount) of spousal support, and the duration of spousal support.

Parenting time is the right to spend time with a child and the child’s right to spend time with that parent. Parenting time also includes the right to ask for and be given information about a child’s health, education and welfare. Decision-Making Responsibility is the right to make the important decisions about the care and upbringing of a child (the child usually lives with the parent who has decision-making responsibility).  Contact refers to arrangements that can also be given to other family members and, sometimes, to non-family members who have a close relationship with the child. Contact arrangements can deal with both parenting time and parenting responsibility.

Domestic contracts are specialized agreements that deal with various stages and situations related to a couple’s relationship.  These types of agreements can include: Marriage Contracts, Cohabitation Agreements, Separation Agreements, Parenting Agreements, Variation Agreements (varying the terms of any of the foregoing agreements).