Are you living together but not married? A Cohabitation Agreement can reduce uncertainty by clearly outlining rights and obligations for both parties in the event that the relationship ends.
Thinking about tying the knot? This is the time to plan for the future in a smart and sensitive manner. A prenuptial agreement can protect you and your assets and reduce the stress and costs involved in litigation in the event that the marriage ends.
The breakdown of the relationship is a stressful and uncertain time and the prospect of going to court is daunting. You and your spouse can reached an agreement that make sense for you both while allowing some measure of control over the outcome and costs in the event of a separation. Separation agreements are binding contracts that address matters such as custody of the children, child support payments, spousal support payments, and division of property in a tailored manner. We can provide you with the legal advice you need going through the negotiation process and formalizing the terms of your agreement.
Decision Making (formely Custody) and Guardianship
When couples are going through a divorce or separation, the children’s welfare is always a top priority. The well-being of the children is the goal and having the ability to make decisions in matters like health, education, religious upbringing and other relevant aspects of your children's life is essential. We can help resolve child custody issues and help you protect your family.
Children have the right to be financially supported by their parents. At times of financial distress such as divorce or separation, parents have questions and concerns as to how to fulfill this obligation. Child Support is calculated using the Child Support Guidelines and the parties individual case. Child support is determined based on parental income, the number of children and the parenting arrangement. There are other expenses that may be payable proportional to the parents income such as those related to childcare, medical and dental and extracurricular activities. We will be pleased to meet with you and provide you with the answers to your questions.
A divorce is a charged with stress and unknowns. It affects you, your children, and your finances. Knowing your rights is the first step towards achieving resolution. Whether your concerns are with respect to custody, parenting, child support, spousal support payments, property division, or any other family matters, we will provide you with the legal advice you need to resolve your divorce. We will keep you informed of the process, work with you closely while designing a cost effective legal solution that fits your needs.
Parenting time (formely Access)
Maintaining two family homes can be challenging for both the children and the parents. A sound and clear parenting arrangement plan for you and your family can provide the basis for effective and ongoing co-parenting, . Contact us for information as to your rights, obligations and your options moving forward.
Spousal and Partner Support
Spousal support and partner support, also referred to as alimony, is an important matter during divorce or separation and it is an area of the law that is not black and white. There are several factors that need to be considered and each case is unique. Some of the determining factors include age, earning capacity, length of the marriage, budgets, education, work experience, the roles of the parties during the relationship, etc. These factors will have an impact on the determination of entitlement, the amount of spousal support payments and length of time that spousal support is to be paid.
We are here to help you navigate spousal support issues. Contact us.
Property division - Assets and Debts
Throughout the course of a relationship, married and unmarried couples accumulate assets and liabilities. When the relationship ends, the distribution of these assets and liabilities becomes an important item on the agenda. To determine a fair and transparent distribution of assets and liabilities, the parties are entitled to know what is on the table, their net worth, and the available options to achieve a favourable distribution. Having access to sound and effective legal advice is crucial to protect yourself and your financial outlook.
We can assist you with adoptions, mobility matters, independent legal advice and legal coaching. We also offer Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths services.
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We offer our services in Spanish. Asesoria y representacion juridica especializada en derecho familiar.