Married clients looking for a plan for separation from the marriage including dividing all property, assets, debts and establishing parenting arrangements. We assist clients from beginning to end in negotiating such an agreement, and if that fails, we litigate one.
This route is possible when both parties are in agreement to move forward with a divorce and there is a separation agreement already filed with the court. We ensure your documents are completed correctly and within the specific timelines required under the Divorce Act, and the Supreme Court (Family) Rules.
We assist clients in determining what is included and excluded in family property such as; matrimonial homes, vehicles, registered and non-registered investment accounts, and pensions. We help develop plans which lead to a fair division of the family assets and liabilities.
CHILD AND SPOUSAL SUPPORT
Separation and or divorce often leads to uneven economic situations. We work quickly to address these economic differences to arrive at a fair result and we considering any potential hardships faced by the clients.
Despite a relationship ending, separating parents typically want the best for their children. Although, it is often difficult to work together to achieve that, considering so much emotional baggage. We work to protect children, encourage a healthy relationship between parents, and always act in the best interest of the children.
These are court orders that are obtained in situations that need to be addressed immediately and may include; child removal by the ministry, financial or property issues, or personal protection. If something changes in our client’s life suddenly, we will respond quickly to ensure that the client, their family, and their property are protected.
When the Ministry of Child and Family Development finds that there are child protection concerns with the guardianship of the child, it can be life altering, stressful, and downright scary. We ensure that the clients are properly supported and challenge the Ministry when necessary.
PRENUPTIAL / COHABITATION AGREEMENTS
These agreements can protect a person’s assets and property in an unfortunate event of a relationship breakdown and divorce. However, a poorly written agreement will do nothing to protect these interests and can actually cause more harm than good. We ensure that such agreements are clear, protective, and enforceable.
Adding a family member, under the age of 18, to your family can be an exciting and happy experience. However, it includes a large amount of paperwork and effort to formalize. We take on the work. We are your liaison between you and the adoption agency to ensure a smooth and seamless legal transition.
LEGAL COACHING / UNBUNDLED SERVICES
In cases where it may not be financially viable to formally retain a lawyer to act in all aspects of litigation you may consider legal coaching. A lawyer may be retained in a consulting capacity and they can coach you through the litigation process. This option is available through online coaching and unbundled services for clients in British Columbia.