If you are planning on expanding your family by adopting a child or your step-child, you are in luck. That is my favourite area of the law! I can help you wade through the mountain of paperwork required to make that baby a permanent part of your family.
Starting a new life together as a couple is exciting and you don't want to think about the unthinkable, but if you don't protect your assets, your children and grandchildren could lose their inheritance. I can help you protect yourself with a legally enforceable cohabitation or pre-nuptial agreement.
So the unthinkable has happened and you've decided to go your separate ways. You never thought it would happen to you, but here you are - doing what you need to do to take care of yourself and your family.
I understand that you are confused about your rights and want to protect yourself and your children from the unpleasantness that you've seen your friends experience during their divorce.
I understand and I've got your back. I will help you through the process and be brutally honest about your position.
Everyone has already told you that each partner is entitled to one-half of the family property. But how do you decide what is family property and what is not? Whose debts are whose? How do you calculate the value of the property?
The fact is that not all family property will be subject to sharing between spouses. There are ways to protect certain funds from being split upon separation and divorce and I will help you negotiate how the property will be divided according to your goals and interests.
Your children are the success story of your relationship yet deciding on parenting arrangements after your relationship ends is often the hardest part of the process. Children benefit from developing meaningful relationship with both parents but concepts like joint custody and shared parenting often seem impossible to accept while you are in the midst of moving away from your spouse.
I can help you to understand and negotiate the best parenting arrangement. Along with your spouses lawyer, we can help you decide who will have the responsibility for the major decisions of the children, who will care for them on a day to day basis and where they will spend school vacations, religious holidays and who gets to attend parent/ teacher interviews.
Regardless of whether parents are married, separated or divorced, both parents have a legal duty to support their children financially. In fact, a court will not grant a divorce unless the judge is satisfied that the children will be adequately supported financially by both parents!
Once you have agreed on the parenting arrangement for the children, I will help you determine the appropriate amount of child support.
Sometimes the payor parent has moved to another city, province or even to a foreign country! I can help you to collect that support regardless of where the other parent lives.
Throughout a relationship both spouses contribute their own special talents to make the household work. For instance, one spouse may be the "breadwinner" and earn all the income, while the other spouse take care of the household chores. Or maybe one spouse worked fulltime while the other spouse went to school to learn a trade. The Divorce Act recognizes that both of these roles have value and one spouse should not suffer a significant financial disadvantage as a result of the breakdown of the relationship while the other spouse has no change to their lifestyle.
I can help you determine the fair and appropriate amount and duration for spousal support.