Cohabitation and Prenuptial Agreements
Starting a new life together 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 prenuptial agreement.
Separation Agreements & Divorce
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 in their divorce.
I've got your back and I will help you through the process and be brutally honest about your position.
Everyone has 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 family property? Whose debts are whose? How do you calculate the value of the property?
The fact is, not all property is family property subject to be divided equally between spouses. There are ways to protect certain items and 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 relationships 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 understand and negotiate the best parenting arrangement. With or without the help of a lawyer, I 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 by both parents.
Once you have agreed upon 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 to a foreign country! I can help you to collect that support regardless of where the other parent lives.
Throughout any relationship both spouses contribute their own special talents to make their household operate. For instance, one spouse may be the "breadwinner" and earn all of the income, while the other spouse takes care of the household chores. Or maybe, one spouse worked full time while the other went to school to learn a trade or profession.
Federal and Provincial legislation recognizes that each of these roles has value and one spouse should not suffer a significant financial disadvantage as a result of the breakdown of th relationship while the other spouse has no change to their lifestyle.