Separation

If you have kids, separation is not the end, it’s just a change in your relationship.

When you are separating, there are many things you will need to consider before you and your former partner go your separate ways.  If you are legally married, you will need to get your divorce finalized through the Courts.  If you lived together, you may need to divide your assets and debts that were accumulated during the relationship.  If you have a child or children together, you may need to develop your parenting plan to formalize how you and the other parent will raise your child/ren in the future, from topics such as decision-making responsibilities (custody), parenting schedule (access), and child support.  You will have to ensure that both of you are able to be economically self-sufficient over time, and spousal support may be required either short- or long-term.

Many of these topics have challenging and intricate details which need to be resolved. Your lawyer will assist you to reduce the emotional and financial toll that a separation can have on both parties and on the children.  This can be achieved when both parties agree to come to the table to resolve their matter by working together rather than against each other.  Our lawyers’ goal for each client is that they are able to effectively manage their emotions, reduce unnecessary delays, and have the family realize a positive transition into their post-separation lives working together to find mutually acceptable solutions.

The Next Step – Getting Started

In order to get started, you will need to complete our Consultation Guide.  Please bring this to your consultation as complete as possible.  The more information you provide to your lawyer, the more complete advice we will be able to provide at an early stage.  If you feel that certain portions of the questionnaire do not apply to you, or you have trouble completing certain sections, you may leave them blank.  On the final page of the questionnaire there is a checklist of items that may be required in order to advise you; please start to gather these documents and bring as many of them to your consultation as possible.

At your consultation your lawyer will talk to you about any further information or documentation that will be required.  As well, your consultation is designed to allow your lawyer to understand your situation further, and to ensure you understand your rights, obligations, and process choice options.  At the conclusion of your consultation you will have the option of how and when you proceed.  Some clients are ready to proceed immediately, and some need some time to think about their options and how they want to proceed, and some want the opportunity to speak with their former partner about the various options.  You decide the timing.  You and your lawyer will create an easily digestable action plan for the next step in your matter.

Please contact our office to schedule a consultation.  If you would like to engage our services in the Collaborative Process, it is important that both you and your former partner both commit to using an out-of-court process.  If you wait, and your former partner hires a lawyer who primarily has a court-based service then you may have no choice but to also hire a court-based lawyer.