When you think Divorce…?

Separation ? Loss, pain, fear, expensive, loss of identity, freedom? Unable to breathe, loss of benefits, unanticipated, amicable resolution? About Children? Love, anguish, cherish, mischievous, all mine, schedules and more schedules! Disciplined, protect- them- for- the- rest- of -their -lives, comfort, chores, fear? Inexperienced, distant, loud, supporting, trusting? Your Home? My neighbourhood, expensive, safe, family

It’s All in the Numbers

Today’s family law negotiations are all about the numbers. The value of assets, the amount of support, and the cost of living. The numbers tell who will receive how much, directs us to consider tax considerations, and the timing of the payments. And that’s exactly what you want to know when negotiating a marriage contract,

Getting the Best Family Law Lawyer: It begins with a “C”

Top 10 Characteristics of a Collaborative Family Law Lawyer Competence: Your lawyer of choice sufficiently skilled, intelligent, and flush with analytical skills, she is also cognizant of her weaknesses. She knows when to turn to a trusted colleague practicing in a complementary field of law to offer assistance. Your lawyer will be enrolled in professional

Adult Children in Family Transition

What about the Adult Children when the Parents divorce?   Left Behind or Fully Involved?   Young adults often are excluded from conversation or ignored as the parents move from a partnership to separate independent households. Whether the changes the family undergoes, as a private family matter or played out publicly, whether seemingly without a

A CORPORATE RETREAT, OR MATRIMONIAL HOME?

When a new client arrived for our initial consultation he seemed sullen and distracted. I asked what he was thinking about. He sighed and explained how he always believed that what was held by his company belonged to the company and what were used by the family were family assets. He had a group of

The First Joint Collaborative Meeting

It’s a nerve wracking experience to walk into a lawyer’s office to begin the journey of sharing your intimate marital or common law history. There was no Separation 101 course available in high school and seriously, the thought of ever going through this had not crossed your mind. After a good discussion of the different