Matters that affect your family are never easy. A separation or divorce can have far reaching effects on your own future as well as your children’s future. There are a multitude of legal issues that will need to be navigated with precision, tenacity and knowledge. Helping you through this process is our firm’s mission.
With the assistance of a family lawyer, you will be guided to make informed decisions. Our firm will help you to determine the issues in your case, assist and advise you of your rights and obligations, explain what you may expect to achieve, and outline the costs involved.
Family law is the body of law concerning family relationships, marriages and divorces. It is primarily statute-based in Canada. The federal government has exclusive jurisdiction to deal with marriages and divorces, pursuant to s. 92(6) of the Constitution Act, 1867. Under the Divorce Act, the federal government also has jurisdiction over custody and access of children as well as spousal and child support during and after a divorce. The provinces have exclusive jurisdiction over the solemnization of marriage, pursuant to s. 92(12) of the Constitution Act, 1867. The provinces also have jurisdiction over spousal and child support, property division, custody and access, adoption, and child protection under property and civil rights in s. 92(13). An in-depth knowledge of these statutes and federal and provincial guidelines on support is necessary in order to deal with the various family issues that may arise in your life. In cases of international child abduction, it is also important to address whether the multilateral treaty of the Hague Convention applies to ensure the expeditious return of children from one member country to another.