Family Agreements

Family agreements allow you to control your family’s future in both good times and bad. Many clients only think of them in the bad contexts and wrongly try to avoid them out of either a sense of optimism or a belief that it could never happen to them. But the truth is that family agreements can help everyone.

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In good times, family agreements help strengthen relationships. Many marriages and other relationships fail or have difficulties because of disagreements over money. Often, these started as small issues that simmered over time as neither person was willing to bring them up. When you create a family financial agreement, it forces you to sit down and have a detailed, honest talk about finances. This helps both to make sure you’re on the same page from the beginning and to make it easier to talk about money in the future when things change.

In bad times, the benefit to a financial agreement is obvious. Instead of resorting to a costly legal battle, you can fall back on your original agreement. This gives you an objective and neutral way to resolve even the most bitter arguments in a heated divorce (at least as far as finances are concerned).

Family Law Separation Agreement

In the context of proactive planning, a separation agreement may seem like too little, too late. Separation agreements are still useful, though.

The most important thing to remember is that you don’t have to agree about everything. You can just put the things you agree to in writing whether that’s child custody or property division or even something as small as who gets a specific painting. The more things you include, the less things you have to fight about later. Starting with a small agreement can also help build towards a larger agreement later.

To be valid, a separation agreement will also need to meet the legal requirements. Part of this includes technicalities such as signing it in front of witnesses. You also must actually be separated which requires that you be living a separate and independent life from your spouse. You can act amicably, but it should be clear that you are on the path to divorce.

Family Law Prenuptial Agreement

A prenuptial agreement is a financial agreement designed for people entering into marriage. There are two reasons that you should use an attorney even if you’re already in marriage counseling through your church or a secular group. One is that an experienced family lawyer has seen family disputes over things that you would never even think to discuss.

The second is that there are legal requirements to a prenuptial agreement including both things that you should do and things that you can’t do. There are certain items where you can’t form an agreement that goes against existing law, and you don’t want to later find out that your agreement is void or doesn’t accomplish what you thought it would.

Family Law Cohabitation Agreement

With long-term non-marital relationships becoming more common, cohabitation agreements are becoming more common as well. These agreements help in a similar way to any other family agreement — making them strengthens your relationship while also providing a way to prevent or resolve later disputes.

There are two reasons to form a cohabitation agreement. The first is to either prevent the formation of or to plan for the creation of a common law marriage. The second is to create a clear way to identify and distribute property once the relationship comes to an end especially where you may not have the legal protections for divorcing spouses in place.

Frequently asked Questions

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Our family law firm often gets asked if it is required to have a lawyer for child support / spousal support. We always suggest at minimum booking a consultation with a family lawyer before signing any documents.

Even though it is possible to sign or agree on spousal support without a lawyer, it is important that both parties understand their rights and obligations.

There are three different ways to book a consultation with our Toronto family lawyers:

  1. Use our 24/7 booking system (easy to use)
  2. Text us 24/7 at 647-360-6331
  3. Call us on our toll free number at 844-466-6LAW (529)

Book a Meeting With a ClearWay Lawyer

If you’re planning for the unexpected, are you sure you know what to expect? We use our years of experience resolving family disputes to help you take proactive steps to reduce the chances of the same thing happening to you. We encourage you to book a meeting with one of our family lawyers to discuss your goals and how to achieve them.

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Some of our lawyers offer free 30-minute consultations, some charge for an hour consultation. It depends on how senior the lawyer is. We have multiple locations which can be seen at the bottom of this page, and welcome your call at 844-466-6LAW (529) or text to 647-360-6331.

Paid consultations includes actual legal advice and not just a consultation. We’re conveniently located, so you can get answers from our Toronto lawyers without going out of your way.

We offer both preparation of your family agreements as well as legal coaching. This allows you to decide how much you want to take on yourself and to control your costs.

Why You Need a Family Agreements Lawyer in Toronto

Our Toronto family agreement lawyers use their experience resolving disputes to help other families avoid the same types of problems. Our goal is to both help you strengthen your bonds and to prepare for the day when your relationship comes to an end.

We help you in the following areas:

  • Identifying your goals.
  • Helping you find the right to
  • Finding common ground and working through areas of disagreement.
  • Ensuring that the legal technicalities are met so that your agreement will later hold up in court.
  • Updating your agreement when your goals or life circumstances change.
  • Enforcing the agreement in court in the event of a divorce or other dispute.

Read more: Common Childhood Reactions to Separation

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