Separation and Divorce
When two spouses separate, there are many issues that must be addressed, including property, support, and parenting issues, if applicable.
Many couples decide to avoid the cost, both emotional and financial, of court proceedings and decide instead to resolve the issues through a negotiated separation agreement. This is a legally binding contract that resolves some or all issues arising out of the breakdown of either a common-law relationship or marriage. Separation agreements can cover areas such as custody and access, child and spousal support, and property division. It is critical to obtain legal advice when considering and drafting a separation agreement to ensure that your legal rights are protected, both now and in the future.
If negotiation or alternative dispute resolution is not an option, or if these methods have been unsuccessful, it is sometimes necessary to use the courts to resolve some or all of the issues in a separation. We have the experience necessary to provide effective and forceful advocacy if your matter proceeds to court, as well as experience with mediation and arbitration.
We also provide advice to clients who wish to change or vary the terms of a separation agreement or court order.
If you have separated from your spouse, or are considering a separation, and have questions about your legal rights or next steps, contact a member of our team by email or by telephone at (519) 672-5666. If corresponding by email, be sure to include your name and telephone number.