Ensure that your written agreements are legally-binding.
Whether you are separating / divorcing, getting married, or living together, you may want to consider formalizing your arrangements in writing through a Separation / Interspousal Agreement.
In the case of separation or divorce, you may have to document how you will parent your child/ren, how you will divide your assets and debts, and how you will financially support yourself and your child/ren. If you plan on getting married or are living together, you may want to document the arrangements you want to see occur in the event of a separation / divorce or death.
Work together towards mutual agreement
Many of these topics have challenging and intricate details which need to be resolved. As parties work through the topics covered by their written agreement, sometimes conflict can arise. Our lawyers focus on assisting clients to reduce their conflict or to prevent it from escalating in an unmanageable manner. Whether you are separating or staying together, we believe that by reducing conflict, parties can achieve resolution time- and cost-effectively. Often parties will come in with their own agreement started; we can assist by asking the tough questions to add the level of detail to the agreement that is necessary to ensure that the agreement is legally binding and complete. Resolution is the ultimate goal.
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.