We practice family law exclusively, providing advice on the issues important to your family.

Going through a difficult family transition? We can help you with the parenting, support and property issues that go along with your divorce or common law separation.

Getting married, moving in or starting a family? Come talk to us about your prenuptial agreement, adoption or will.

These are common issues we help to resolve:

  • Separation and divorce
  • Custody and access (parenting)
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • Property division
  • Common law separation
  • Enforcing access
  • Parental alienation
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Step-parent adoption
  • Wills and estates

Separation & Divorce

Spouses need varying levels of involvement and support to complete their divorce.

Some need to understand the process and can work out the details themselves. Others need help settling issues, like custody, access, child support, spousal support and property.

Families need a properly drafted Separation Agreement, Divorce Judgment and Orders to protect their agreement and themselves in the future. We offer services that meet your divorce needs, regardless of the level of representation you require.

Custody & Access (Parenting)

There is much to think about when resolving your parenting arrangement. Who makes decisions for the children? Where do the children live? When do you see your children?

Our lawyers will work with you to develop an appropriate and workable parenting plan that protects your children and meets your unique family circumstances.

Child Support

Parents share the obligation to support their children. After separation, this includes paying for your children’s basic needs, like food and a home, and extraordinary expenses, like daycare.

Sometimes, issues like income or enforcing child support are not straightforward. Are you paying or receiving the correct amount of support?

Let us do the analysis for you and answer your questions.

Spousal Support

We have a particular interest in this developing area of the law. Lonny Balbi, Q.C. served as a member of the Advisory Group that developed the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines. We also hosted the Spousal Support SuperConference in 2010.

Whether you are paying or receiving spousal support, it is important to understand your entitlement, risks and the analysis to determine how much is paid and for how long.

Matrimonial Property

When you get divorced, your property may be divided equally, unequally or not shared at all.

You need to protect your exemptions and receive your correct share of the divided property. This may include interim distributions, the logistics of selling property, tax considerations, dealing with expert professionals and releases of liability.

Talk to us about protecting your assets and important limitation periods.

Common Law Relationships

Living with someone in a romantic relationship, when you are not married, can create legal rights and obligations.

Should you separate, you may have a right or obligation to divide property or to pay or receive support. If you have children together, issues of guardianship, parenting, and child support have to be resolved.

Having properly drafted agreements or Orders are important to protect you in the future.

Enforcing Access

It can be very difficult and frustrating if the other parent refuses to let you see your children. He or she may be refusing access, even with an agreement or Court Order in place.

If you have been denied access, come talk to us about your options. These range from cooperative solutions to court action.

Parental Alienation

Parental alienation is a serious parenting issue where children reject a parent primarily because of the influence, or even psychological manipulation, of a favored parent.  The consequences on children can be immense.

Whether you are the preferred parent or rejected parent, it is important to learn what parent-child behaviours after separation are appropriate and what steps you can take to end alienating behaviours for the sake of the children.

Prenuptial Agreements

Unless you agree, your property will be divided according to the law when you divorce. Your spouse may receive property neither of you intended him or her to have.

If you have significant premarital assets or wish to handle your future financial affairs in a certain way, consider a prenuptial agreement to seal your intention before marriage.

Our sensitive, straightforward process keeps the experience positive for you and your someone special.

Cohabitation Agreements

Moving in together can have legal consequences. Your partner may be entitled to a portion of your property or support. Learn about your rights and obligations when you cohabit and whether a cohabitation agreement may be right for you.

Our sensitive, straightforward process keeps the experience positive for you and your someone special.

Step-Parent Adoption

Adopting a child is exciting. The process can however be daunting and complicated. Notice and information requirements, as well as time limits are strictly enforced.

Let us take care of the process, so you can focus your time and energy on preparing for your new family member.

Wills & Estates

It can be difficult to make decisions about your Will, even though you know that planning for your family when you are no longer around is very important.

Let us comfortably guide you through the process to care for your financial and personal matters in the event of incapacity or death.

If you are an Executor, we can also help you efficiently and respectfully administer the Estate of a loved one.