1Once you contact our firm, you will go through a preliminary evaluation with our representative through which we will assess your case and provide immediate assistance if we find it necessary. In your preliminary evaluation, we will ask you a number of questions and recommend a number of tasks so that when you come in to your initial consultation, we already have a good understanding of your matter.
Based on your preliminary evaluation, in your initial consultation we will tailor an action plan in accordance with your personal goals and values. We will determine the appropriate dispute resolution technique to resolve your matter that would be right for you and your family. Depending on your personal circumstances, we may work with a number of professionals such as accountants, financial advisors, and other service providers to ensure that we resolve your matter in the most efficient manner and assist you to transition to your new life as soon as possible.
When entering into a relationship:
Cohabitation Agreements and/or Marriage Contracts
When entering into a relationship, and you are concerned about your family’s wealth, your business, or other assets accumulated prior to the relationship or just want to have a clearer picture in case your relationship does not work out, you may wish to engage in long term planning by setting out the parameters of your relationship and a road map in case of separation.
When your relationship is deteriorating
If you feel that you are drifting apart from your partner or the conflict between you and your partner is escalating, you may wish to consider discussing your options and how to optimize the outcomes in case the relationship breaks down. The discussion may encompass your rights and obligations in case of separation and/or options for a cohabitation/marriage agreement if you still wish to work on your relationship but wish to prepare in case of separation.
When your relationship has ended
If you feel that you are drifting apart from your partner or the conflict between you and your partner is escalating, you may wish to consider discussing your options and how to optimize the outcomes in case the relationship breaks down. The discussion may encompass your rights and obligations in case of separation and/or options for a cohabitation/marriage agreement if you still wish to work on your relationship but also wish to be prepared in case of separation.
A parenting plan must reflect the unique circumstances of your family, your values, and the long term aspirations for your child. It must take into account the level of conflict in the family prior to and subsequent to separation. One aspect of the plan is the children’s living arrangements, another is the decision-making authority. It is important to have an open mind to arrangements that are based on co-parenting principles such as joint custody or parallel parenting; an arrangement when each parent is given separate, defined areas of parental decision-making, independent of the other; however, co-parenting might be unrealistic due to the dynamics of the family as a result of an imbalance of power, existing parenting arrangements prior to separation, and the status quo created after separation. In these circumstances, sole custody and primary residence with one of the parents might be in the best interest of the child.
Poor communication with your lawyer
It is important that your lawyer understands your priorities and is able to keep you on track during this complex and often unpredictable process. Choose a lawyer who uses your time and hers effectively.
Unclear and unfocused instructions
It is difficult for your lawyer to steer towards a resolution if you are uncertain about your goals. It is important to give your instructions to your lawyer in a timely manner. It is understandable that you might feel confused during the process. Our lawyers are committed to providing you with all the information you need as well as teaming you up with other professionals so that you will be able to make decisions that are right for you and that will lead towards a resolution that you will be confident in.
Insufficient financial disclosure and or other information
In order to provide you with full and complete advice about your financial rights and obligations, it is crucial for your lawyer to have a clear understanding of your financial situation. It is imperative that you provide your lawyer with all the required financial information and documentation in a timely manner. If your spouse refuses to provide you with his/her financial disclosure despite your lawyer’s requests, it can be a significant hurdle towards a fair resolution of your matter. In such cases, you and your lawyer may consider bringing a motion for a court order requiring the other party to produce the outstanding financial disclosure
It is normal to feel angry during the course of separation and divorce over the losses and changes that one experiences as a result of losing their spouse. People deal differently with their anger. Some people are manipulative and act out to hurt their spouses. They use their children as tools to hurt their spouses. Others tend to get depressed and withdrawn. It is important not to be clouded by your anger when you provide instructions to your lawyer and at the same time to make your best efforts to cooperate and communicate with your lawyer when you feel depressed. An unresolved anger issue may be an impediment to a quick resolution of your matter.
Together with our team of professionals, we hope to maximize your available resources by carefully reviewing yours or your spouse’s earning potential, available tax credits and benefits and tax savings, and considering different scenarios for spousal support settlements, and maximizing the return on your income-producing assets.
The costs of your divorce will depend on a myriad of factors such as the complexity of the issues, tactics used by the other party, and the level of conflict between you and your spouse. We are committed to helping you take control over your conflict and to look for innovative ways to conserve your available resources.