Are you looking for a family lawyer in Toronto? When going through a family law issue, it’s very difficult. Things like separation and divorce can destroy people’s lives. It can leave people in the same financial position they were in 20 years ago.
What is the point of working hard for 20 years just to end up in the same spot? It doesn’t have to be this way. With the right lawyer, they can save you time, stress, and money.
If you have children, they need to be taken care of. If things go to court, the judge is going to rule what is in the best interests of the children.
Therefore, it makes sense for you to do things right from the beginning. You might be able to save yourself $5000 and get a lawyer to create a separation agreement.
However, if you have a family law problem in Toronto, and you fight with everyone, including your lawyer, you are going to have hard times.
We put together this article for those who need help from a family law lawyer in Toronto.
Read on to learn more about Ontario family law before reaching out to family lawyers.
Our lawyers help their clients navigate the landscape of dealing with their legal family issues. Dealing with a family issue is no easy task. Therefore, you will want to make sure you have a lawyer. This will make the process as easy as it can be for you.
Sadly, family law in Ontario is not user friendly. Many people have to move to part-time work so that they can handle their separation or divorce. We are unsure why someone would prefer to make ten’s of thousands of dollars in less income than pay a lawyer $2000. However, some people in Toronto are like that.
There are both provincial and federal family laws. To be honest, it’s extremely complicated. It takes lawyers many years of experience before they become family law experts.
There is also a different Family Law Act in BC and Ontario.
We have included some basics about the Family Law Act below.
Marriage is not common-law. There is no such thing as a common-law marriage. The only way to end a marriage is from a court order. There are court fees even if you decide to try your best. If you make mistakes and don’t cover everything, the court will reject your divorce application.
A Toronto family lawyer can help you with a cohabitation agreement. This is not a marriage agreement. It’s for when you plan to live together.
Common-law disputes are being very common. Therefore, it’s important to have a cohabitation agreement.
Do not use an online calculator. They simply do not work. There are many things that must be considered for child support. If the court doesn’t agree with your calculations, they will order you to get a separation agreement done. This might delay you by six months.
Separation for one year is the most common reason for divorce. The courts will want to see that your marriage is completely broken before they approve a divorce.
We believe separation agreements are the most important document in family law disputes.
Normally you will get a separation agreement and then file for divorce. They are not the same thing.
If you cannot get a separation agreement signed, you will likely need to start court proceedings. The further things go along in a family law dispute, the more expensive it will be. Family law court proceedings will likely cost you between $5000- 10,000. Some lawyers will like and say it won’t be expensive. This is likely just to try and get a client. Court proceedings are always expensive. This is even more true if you represent yourself and your spouse has a lawyer.
If you lose, you might have to pay your spouses legal fees.
Family law pleadings start off the litigation process. They explain to your spouse (and the court) the facts that you think matter. You do not include evidence in family law pleadings.
If you make mistakes in the first thing you file, it’s not a good start.
There will be a court fee (normally $200) for filing pleadings.
The other side will then have to file a reply within the time period. If they don’t reply, you will likely get a default judgement. This means you automatically win!
Our top lawyers provide services for several different family law services. This includes custody, guardianship, child support and divorce. Also, make sure to ask us about separation agreements. Further, our lawyers can assist with dispute resolution. This is often mediation with the goal of signing a separation agreement at the end.
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