The first step before retaining our family lawyers is to come in for an initial consultation, which allows us to better understand your situation and to provide you with information regarding your options for achieving resolution. We have a few different Initial Consultation Forms depending on your situation. Click the appropriate link below to download the appropriate questionnaire for your situation:
- If you are separating / divorcing: Separation/Divorce Consultation Guide
- If you are living together / plan to live together / plan to marry and need an agreement regarding your relationship: Cohabitation / Pre-Nuptial Questionnaire
- If you plan on using a surrogate to produce a child: Surrogacy Questionnaire
- If you aren’t sure of whether you are entitled to receive or are required to pay spousal support – this is not required for your separation/divorce consultation, but may be of assistance to your lawyer/mediator: Spousal Support Questionnaire
Please complete and return to us the appropriate completed questionnaire(s) at least 24-hours prior to your consultation. The more information you provide in your questionnaire, the more quickly we can assess your situation and provide you with detailed advice. 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 or mediator will talk to you about any further information or documentation that will be required. As well, your consultation is designed to allow us 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. We will create an easily digestible action plan for the next step in your matter. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation. We look forward to meeting you and assisting you resolve your family matters.