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What is Family Law? | Family Law in Oakville and Burlington

A family law practice can help your family move through a difficult transition with as little friction as possible.

Family law gives everybody an equal voice and ensures fairness and dignity in your legal family difficulties.

These 6 facets of our family law practice include:

Learn a little more about each so you can be an active and positive participant in your  family’s new future.

Mediation and arbitration

Family lawYou save your children stress and keep them out of any conflict between your partner and yourself by avoiding the courtroom entirely.

You can reach terms for:

  • Custody and access
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • Property division

…without getting pulled into an expensive and discouraging court battle.

A mediator can help you both work through your new arrangements, while an arbitrator can give you options to immediately resolve your conflict.

Both processes are constructive and positive, and help you maintain civil and even amicable relationships going forward.

Spousal support

Spousal support can be fair and equitable for both parties – a resentment-free arrangement to help both parties succeed with the new shape of your family.

Assistance paid by one spouse to another following divorce or separation helps provide stability, and means to build a new life after marriage.

If you have kids, it means they see both parents thriving individually and never worry about the well-being of one parent. Spousal support is as much for your kids as for your partner.

Child support

Your children are the most important people in your life. And even after divorce and separation, you still want to provide for your children.

It’s not fair to find one partner crippled by unreasonable child support payments, and this is why it is one of the most difficult and emotional issues to overcome.

Whether your separation is positive or weighed down by conflict, child support requires compassion and fairness. It is a time to set aside your differences and work toward the best arrangement for your children’s quality of life.

A family law practice with experience in child support arrangements can help you reach a fair, reasonable and acceptable conclusion for everyone.

Custody and access

Custody and access arrangements can be incredibly emotional issues following a separation.

Family lawNeither parent should feel left behind or unfairly removed from the lives of their children.

A family lawyer helps parents come to a balanced arrangement for:

  • Custody, including decisions related to your children’s health, education, wellbeing, extracurricular activities.
  • Access, taking into account your work schedules, your lifestyles, your living arrangements and your children’s wishes.

Maintaining the love, affection and emotional ties between you and your child is critical, and we strive to ensure you get proper custody and/or access to your child.

Divorce and separation

The end of your relationship is difficult enough.

You shouldn’t have to spend hours learning about your rights and obligations moving forward.

We know your rights (and your partner’s, and your children’s) and will help protect everybody during this turbulent time.

Divorce can be the start of a new life for you and your partner, and a new start should be positive. We work hard to keep it that way.

Property division

During an emotional time, like the end of a relationship, the logistics are often overwhelming.

But the question of who gets what inevitably comes up.

You and your spouse entered into the marriage as an equal partnership:

If you were responsible for:

  • Earning family income

And your spouse was responsible for:

  • Taking care of the children
  • Managing the household

The law views both your contributions as equal.

Once a marriage ends, property must be divided equally, reflecting those contributions you both made to the family.

Some things go to one partner or another by default. But you need to know your rights to protect them. That’s where a good family lawyer comes in.

Family law is the legal framework designed to help your kids, your partner and you maintain positive relationships as the marriage changes.

A family law team makes sure the legal framework works in the best way possible for your unique circumstances.

So give us a call to talk about the best way for your divorce or separation to move forward. You’ll be protected, empowered and excited about the future.