Are you wondering “what is my wife entitled to after separation?” This is part of our short answer series. We are covering common questions that people ask when speaking to a family lawyer during a free consultation.
A lot of people call us asking what is going to happen during a separation. There are two different ways things can go. Either you come up with a separation agreement on your own, or you go to court. If you go to court, a judge will make a decision for you. The separation agreement might cost around $1500-2500. Going to court will almost always cost over $10,000. If you go to court and lose, you will often have to pay the other side’s legal fees.
Our company does a lot of work with people that have assets in China and Canada. We have lawyers in Beijing, Vancouver, and Toronto. In these situations, what a wife is entitled to be even more complicated. This is because there are two different legal systems that have to be considered. With an international divorce, the legal fees will likely be around $100,000.
Some things that will need to be sorted between the spouses are child support, child custody, division of assets, and spousal support. Sometimes it’s possible to get a court order in Vancouver and then work with a family lawyer in Beijing to get the Chinese courts to approve it. This requires a lot of skill but can save money in the long term.
Want to book a free consultation to see what your wife is entitled to after separation? Let us know if you need a lawyer in China or Canada. We can connect you with both.
Calculating How Much Money Your Wife Is Entitled To
If someone wants to calculate how much their wife is entitled to, the lawyer will do a lot of calculations. They will figure out how much income both spouses earn. They will have to figure out the property values and mortgages. The parties will have to discuss who contributed what and when to the properties. This is why separation is so complicated. It’s not possible to ask quick questions and get quick answers. If someone gives you a quick answer without thinking, then the answer is probably wrong.
Again, the ultimate goal during separation should be to come together for an agreement. You can hire one of the lawyers in Beijing, Toronto, or Vancouver to work with you. They will create a separation agreement that can be sent to your spouse. Your spouse should get their own lawyer. The lawyers will then work together to come up with an agreement that can be signed.
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Author: Alistair Vigier is the CEO of ClearWay Law