Victoria Family Lawyer
Are you looking for a Victoria family lawyer? Our law firm offers legal services across British Columbia and Ontario. We service the entire provinces of Ontario and British Columbia, regardless of where you are located. How does it work at ClearWay Law? You work with us 100% online.
We can help with the following legal issues:
- Marriage agreements
- Prenup agreements
- Common law disputes
- Separation agreements
- Custody agreements
- Family law mediation
- Family law arbitration
- Legal letters (negotiations)
- Spousal support
- Child support
Above all, the most important thing in family law is making sure children are taken care of.
Our law firm is a collaborative family law practice, which means we are against fighting things out in court. Many people that reach out to one of our Victoria family lawyers think they want to fight it out in court. That is of course until they find out the cost might be $15,000.
Need a Victoria family lawyer? Reach out to us via the live chat function in the bottom right of the screen. You can also call us toll free at 1-844-466-6529
Questions And Answers
Question: How Does Working With A Lawyer Online Work?
Answer: We think it provides a more consistent experience for clients. It is much easier for us to provide a seamless legal service experience without an office space. We work with our clients by video chat, phone, and email. For most law firm’s, this is how many lawyers communicate with their clients anyway.
Question: Do I need to go to family court?
Answer: Our law firm tries to keep people out of court. Family law court can cost around $25,000, and the average Canadian cannot afford that.
Question: What areas of law do you do?
Answer: We do 99% family law. Most of the work we do is regarding separation agreements and support issues (child and spousal support.)
You can also request a consultation on our main page at a time and date of your choice.
Many people have a difficult time fighting in supreme court, and it’s not a fun place to be. Therefore, our law group wants to make it easier to resolve your legal issue. You want to move away from frustration and confusion, and towards a clear solution. That’s why we called ourselves ClearWay Law. We want to show you the clear way to a solution.
Our Victoria family lawyers are ready to help you.
Victoria Family Lawyer – Here’s how our process works:
- Reach out to our intake team and explain your situation
- Our intake team will send you an email and ask for your ID
- You will be presented with a letter of engagement
- Once we get it back, a Victoria family lawyer (or a BC lawyer) will be assigned to you
- The BC lawyer will work with you to resolve your legal matter
Our lawyers work 100% via phone calls, email, and video conferencing. This means that instead of possibly waiting for weeks for a consultation, you can normally get help within an hour. Speed is important in family law.
Victoria Family Lawyer- Collaborative Family Law
Collaborative family law is a process that involves working with a lawyer to keep things out of court. There are different ways to do this, but the most common in Canada are signing an agreement, mediation and possibly arbitration. Going to supreme court is uncertain and the costs and outcomes are unknown. Most of the time, the parties sign an agreement saying they will not go to court. It also bans each party from hiring a litigation lawyer.
Sometimes both sides sign the collaborative agreement when working on a marriage agreement, saying in the future they will not litigate.
The main benefits of keeping issues out of court are saving money, it’s a private process, and it’s much less stressful. If you are in Victoria BC and you want to keep things out of supreme court, reach out to our law firm. We will listen to your issues and put together a clear path forward.
If you don’t know what area of family law you need help with, you can reach out to us via live chat to see if we can help you.
ClearWay Law Group
We recently expanded to BC from Ontario, and we have been creating a lot of helpful content. If you are self-represented (you don’t have a lawyer) you might want to bookmark our blog page. On the blog we share lots of helpful information about blog and litigation. We were doing litigation up until 2020, so we have plenty of helpful content. Most people have a difficult time when separating, and getting information is very important.
More than just knowing the law, there is also procedural law which is very complicated in supreme court. Legal aid seems to be getting their funding cut all the time, and pro bono lawyers are often limited in the amount of time they can assist you. Please note that our law firm does not accept legal aid, as the system (in our opinion) is too broken.
Instead we focus on getting our clients results quickly and for cheap. We use technology to be more efficient, therefore reducing the number of hours it takes us to deliver our clients results.
10 Things to Consider Before Getting A Divorce
Victoria Family Lawyer
Do you have questions about inheritance and divorce? There are certain things that need clarification in terms of separation and divorce. One main thing that gives us confusion and concern is an inheritance. Is there a need for you to share it after divorce?
What is an Inheritance?
When someone passes away, all of their property and assets should be transferred to others. Most of the time, the deceased will have executed a will to determine how their property would be distributed after death. If you’re one of the people chosen to get or receive properties from someone who already passed, this is called an inheritance.
Inheritance is turning into a recurrent topic in family law particularly in British Columbia where demographic change is evident. It’s more common in some jurisdictions like Victoria and Vancouver where high priced real estate makes an inheritance significant.
If you prefer to watch videos instead of reading, go here.
Inheritance and Divorce
Inheritance is unlike the usual family property which can be allocated in half in terms of divorce or separation. Basing on the Family Law Act, an inheritance is considered as excluded property that’s not divided equally in terms of property division in family law claims. If a person would like to keep an inheritance as their own personal asset, outside of the marriage, it’s never advisable to commingle the money with familial money since that will be considered one of the things that will be split evenly after a divorce. Keep it in a separate account or a trust fund, protect it as a personal asset.
Victoria Family Lawyer- Protecting your Inheritance
When it comes to property division in Canada, a person should be able to protect their inheritance if ever their marriage would end up in a divorce. The most common way is either with an agreement made during prenuptial before getting married, and you can still do it after marriage, just make an agreement after marriage or more commonly called postnuptial agreement.
Agreements like pre and postnuptial should always be documented and in writing. It needs to be carefully detailed and it should stipulate the issues. If any money that is given or gifted is involved, it should be kept separate from any transaction used in the matrimonial home. In cases that the money should be used for anything that involves the house after marriage, and no document was created to protect that money, that would be considered as part of the home and will be split evenly with their former spouse once the divorce is final.
The property types that are exempt from the usual 50/50 division are outlined in the Family Law Act.
The subsequent is omitted from the family property:
- Properties obtained by a spouse prior to the relationship among the spouses started
- Spouse inheritance and gifts given to a spouse by a third party
- An award or settlement of damages to a spouse as payment for loss or injury, unless the award or settlement signifies compensation for loss towards both spouses, or income loss of a spouse
An inheritance that is obtained before or after a divorce or separation, or prior to the date of the spouses living together is an excluded property. In some cases, there are problems that occur in a divorce action or family law claim that can make one entitled to a portion of the inheritance.
In conclusion, if you want to learn more about family law, have a look at our videos.