Joint custody? Sole custody? These are legal terms often not well understood by the public.
Custody and Access are really about Parenting: Where will a child live, how often will they see each parent, on what schedule and who will make the decisions about their upbringing?
Our lawyers have helped hundreds of parents negotiate and formulate a parenting plan, sometimes making them aware of options they may not have known about.
Child and Spousal Support
When do they apply? How are they calculated? What is fair?
Let us guide you through these sometimes complicated issues. We can help simplify support, so you will have a better idea what to expect.
Do you have a situation of past support that was overpaid or underpaid? Has someone claimed retroactive support from you?
There are special principles that may apply, and you should speak with a family lawyer to make sure you are getting the right information.
If you are married, in Ontario the law applies a system of ‘equalization’ to the property of separating couples. There are many considerations and time limits that may apply.
Please contact us in confidence to discuss property division issues.
Common-law Property Division
How do I know if I am in a common-law relationship? Do common-law couples divide property on separation? Sometimes, depending on the circumstances.
Let us help you navigate this sometimes fast changing area of the law.
Restraining Orders and other Emergency Proceedings
Our lawyers have helped clients obtain Restraining Orders and other urgent orders from the Court. Before bringing an urgent proceeding, it’s critical to ensure you are asking for the right relief and presenting the necessary information before the Court. An experienced and thoughtful lawyer can make an extraordinary difference in these kinds of cases.
Family Responsibility Office
Do you have a legal matter that involves the Family Responsibility Office? Our lawyers have acted on many cases involving FRO including Refraining Motions, repayment negotiations as well as working with FRO to ensure payment of support from a Court Order.
Marriage Contracts and Cohabitation Agreements
A Cohabitation Agreement (or Marriage Contract for those married or getting married) can help define responsibilities during the relationship and how issues are resolved in the event of separation. However they cannot decide in advance what will happen in terms of parenting of children of the relationship if the parents separate. If you are interested in learning more about these Agreements, please contact one of our lawyers.