Family and matrimonial law
Family law is constantly evolving and has undergone some reforms in the last 20 years, in order to respond to new social realities.
Our firm has adapted to these changes and offers all the appropriate services in order to respond to your needs.
Whether it concerns a divorce, a separation, an application for child support or custody, we can adequately advise you and successfully represent you. We stay abreast of new decisions and related legislative provisions in our efforts to look after your interests. In addition, we do not hesitate to propose mediation and to give priority to the negotiation of judicially assisted dispute resolution as the situation may allow. We always seek the solution that best responds to your circumstances.
How we help you:
Separation or Divorce: We advise you on the division of your marital assets and inform you as to your obligations and rights with regard to child support, receipt or payment of a lump sum or a compensatory allowance. In combining our legal expertise in family law with that of our experts in tax law, we can propose strategies that will help your financial situation.
Legal Custody of Children: We assist you in your decision-making concerning appropriate custody arrangements, and we advise you with regard to your rights and those of your children, especially the right to child support. Our intervention can take the form of representation before the courts or negotiating and drafting an informal agreement.
De Facto Union: We will suggest precautionary measures to provide you with the necessary protection, such as drafting a civil union contract that meets your needs. We also advise you concerning your rights and obligations in the event of a relationship rupture, especially in the case of unjust enrichment.
Did you know that...
A great number of cases in family law are resolved informally when you benefit from judicious legal advice, even in situations where conflict has been present for some time.
In order to protect your rights, it is crucial that the Court ratify any agreement with your ex-spouse that modifies the terms of any and all previous agreement regarding alimony or child support payments.
In a divorce, it is possible, in some circumstances, to request an unequal sharing of marital assets.
In general, a common-law partner is not legally eligible to receive alimony payments if the relationship fails.