As one of the most dynamic teams of Toronto family lawyers, Tailor Law understands the compassion and tact required in handling family matters. We understand that this is not an easy time in our clients’ lives. Although family disputes can create tension, it is Tailor Law’s goal to ensure that these issues are resolved cautiously and productively. We want you to be able to go back to enjoying your life.
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WHAT HAPPENS IF I SEPARATE/ DIVORCE?
No one gets married planning to divorce later on, but it does happen. While separation and divorce are difficult decisions to make, Tailor Law fully supports this unstable time in your life, and assists you in making important choices regarding your finances, child support, spousal support, and the division of property. Once you have chosen separation or divorce as your desired course of action, or once you have been petitioned for a divorce, you will need to contemplate the following:
- Who will live in the matrimonial home?
- How will your kids and/or shared pets be cared for?
- Will you co-parent or seek full custody?
- Will you owe or be entitled to any child and/or spousal support?
- How will assets, joint investments, and property be divided?
Spousal support refers to payments made from one former partner to another after a separation or divorce. Ordinarily, spousal support is paid by the party earning more money per year to the party earning less money per year. The court tries to maintain the status quo are to make sure both parties are able to lead their lives. The goal of spousal support is to reflect the contributions that each party has made throughout the duration of the relationship, to alleviate financial hardship, and to divide the costs of caring for any children resulting from the relationship. As spousal support is not automatic, it must be requested. In figuring out whether you are eligible to pay or receive spousal support, our legal representatives will evaluate your options with you.
Every parent has a duty to support his or her child. If your child resides with one parent most of the time during and after separation or divorce, the other parent may be obligated to pay child support. In examining who pays child support, the Ontario Family Court will use the Child Support Guidelines to make conclusive decisions regarding the amount and frequency of the child support. Despite the fact that your children may spend an equal amount of time with each parent, the parent with the greater income may nonetheless have to pay some type of child support. Child support payments are based on gross annual income and the number of children entitled to support.
DIVISION OF PROPERTY AND ASSETS
If you are married and have decided to separate or divorce, the dollar value of the matrimonial property between the parties is usually split. This process is called equalization. As common-law couples have distinct rights, there are divergent rules that apply to the division of property.
In order to assess the value of your particular property at the end of the relationship, you should record and evaluate the worth of your assets and debts. Using this information, you can calculate your Net Family Property (NFP). Your NFP is a determination of how much money a married party is worth at the end of the relationship, after taking into consideration what that person brought into the union.
PROTECTING YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES
While we cannot provide certainty that the other party will cooperate, we can promise that we will equip you with a steady course of action, take stock of your financial situation, and offer guidance on providing for the future of any children involved. The team at Tailor Law is here to offer you comprehensive services on a number of family law issues, and we are eager to assist you in meeting your objectives every step of the way.
TORONTO FAMILY COURT LAWYERS: TRIAL AND LITIGATION
A family lawyer is a lawyer who advocates for your rights in matters of child custody, parental rights, spousal support, divorce, and other issues affecting families. A lawyer whose work focuses on trial and litigation within the family law landscape is known as a family court lawyer. When negotiations between the parties break down, family court lawyers strengthen your case for trial by focusing on your argument and putting your strongest case forward.
This can include preparing statements in your defence that are founded on case law precedents. These are legal cases that have been resolved by a judge in previous courts, including family courts. Precedents are used to either bolster your argument or undermine the other party’s argument. Family court lawyers also assist by preparing you for your hearing or trial. The family court lawyers at Tailor Law have a proven history of employing up-to-date legal precedents. This is crucial, as developments in family law happen quickly.
In addition to readying you for your time in court, a litigation lawyer will champion your case in court by providing unyielding support and managing the progress of your matter. This means that the lawyers at Tailor Law will communicate with you, respond to your queries expediently, and direct your case in a well-organized and competent way. Our litigation services are intended to deliver peace of mind for any party involved in the family court trial process.
LEGAL SEPARATION AGREEMENT
A legal separation agreement is an agreement between two parties that outlines the terms of their new lives as people who are no longer linked together. It is used when two parties decide that living together is no longer a viable option for their relationship. A legal separation agreement often delineates arrangements in relation to extended family members and third parties, as well as the arrangement between the separating parties themselves. A classic legal separation agreement includes the following items:
- parenting plan (if children are involved)
- settlement of property
- ownership of any pets
- settlement of finances, particularly in joint accounts
A family lawyer designs such an agreement to your individual needs in order to ensure that you are as protected as possible from the opposing party’s demands.
CHILD CUSTODY: JOINT CUSTODY
In Ontario, there are two types of child custody. The first type of child custody is known as joint legal custody. Joint legal custody refers to a situation in which both parties to a family dispute share legal custody of a child or children. Because legal custody is founded in a parent’s right to make decisions about childcare, education, healthcare, religion, and other essential aspects of a child’s life, both parents in a joint custody arrangement have input into the housing and visitation plans for the children.
CHILD CUSTODY: SHARED CUSTODY
The second type of child custody is joint physical custody (or shared custody). Shared custody refers to a situation in which both parents spend at least 40% of their time with the children. Shared custody arrangements can vary widely, but such arrangements are always based on the best interests of the child or children involved.
CHILD CUSTODY: SOLE OR FULL CUSTODY
Sole custody is the most common arrangement between separated or divorced parties. This refers to an arrangement in which one parent has both physical and legal custody of the children. Sole custody is also known as full custody.
Regardless of the type of custody that is accorded, Tailor Law works with you to attain maximum parenting time with your kids. At Tailor Law, we understand that custody is a paramount concern. We provide comprehensive legal support to make certain that your children’s needs are met.
A contested divorce occurs when the spouses cannot reach an agreement on the acceptable terms of divorce and thus must hash them out in court. A contested divorce can magnify emotions and pose a threat to any semblance of harmony that once existed between the parties. In enforcing your position in a contested divorce, the lawyers at Tailor Law can ensure that your divorce moves forward with the smallest amount of friction possible.
UNCONTESTED/ JOINT DIVORCE
An uncontested divorce occurs when the parties to a divorce agree on most, if not all of the terms of the divorce. In comparison to a contested divorce, an uncontested divorce generally proceeds on a quicker basis and is often much easier on the parties involved, both fiscally and in terms of their emotional well-being. When everyone agrees on what is happening and how, the parties can apply for the divorce together, or “jointly”.
THE DIVORCE PROCESS
The steps to attaining a divorce are something that we often underestimate until we find ourselves needing to embark on this journey. As experienced family lawyers, we pride ourselves on providing effective guidance in getting through this often-rough time. Offering legal services in Toronto, as well as in Oakville, Mississauga, and throughout the GTA, Tailor Law zeroes in on your strengths to bring your best case forward. Get in touch with us now to make us a part of your team.
THE COST OF DIVORCE
The cost of divorce can vary widely from case to case. There are scant instances in family law where we can predict the cost of the matter at the beginning. That being said, Tailor Law works with you to provide quality services for the best attainable value, and will strive to secure the most advantageous outcome available for you.
While the divorce process can be quite expensive, particularly when it comes to a contested divorce, our law firm provides services that are geared toward meeting numerous price points and budgets. Get in touch with us to find out how you can allocate your expenses in anticipation of a family law dispute.
DIVORCE LAWYERS FOR MEN
Men and women contend with divorce differently. While both spouses tend to have the best interests of their loved ones at heart, this can exhibit itself in very different ways. In helping to close the gap between male spouses and family lawyers, divorce lawyers for men are lawyers who specialize in extending fruitful and relatable services to male spouses.
DIVORCE LAWYERS FOR WOMEN
For many women, divorce is a very sensitive and taxing experience. Divorce lawyers for women are lawyers who are trained in representing women through divorce proceedings, and who are well-versed regarding the impediments women may come up against. Services include legal support for women, advice and assistance regarding separation, and representation for child-related matters.
FAMILY LAWYERS FOR MEN
Family lawyers for men recognize the personal impact of issues that men face in divorces, disputes, settlements, and child custody matters. Tailor Law provides full services for men involved in family law proceedings, and offers the best solutions in settling these disputes. We pride ourselves on dispensing special support for men who are seeking assistance with child support payments, custody matters, child protective orders, spousal support payments, and property disputes.
Getting or paying your fair portion of support means using the best approach in family case conferences, hearings, and at trial. Men looking for lawyers with a proven track record can be reassured by the services and legal advice that Tailor Law family lawyers impart.
FAMILY LAWYERS FOR WOMEN
Family lawyers for women are lawyers who retain a specific focus on the issues that women come up against during separation and divorce. Divorces are commonly the most difficult time in one’s life, and Tailor Law appreciates the sensitivity and legal familiarity required in resolving such matters as smoothly as possible.
Mothers often share a unique connection with their children, and our lawyers understand that financial support, parenting time, and custody of children are issues of the utmost concern. Tailor Law provides comprehensive legal services that enable mothers to access the best advice from skilled family lawyers.
Tailor Law is staffed with a team of female lawyers that deliver full support to women facing issues with divorce, spousal support, child custody, child support, and other family law matters. We appreciate that a familiar face can make all the difference. Feel self-assured in having a team of lawyers who are on your side. Call now and explore the ways in which Tailor Law can make this trying time in your life easier to bear.
FAMILY LAWYERS FOR COMMON LAW COUPLES
Common law relationships have become progressively more common as a substitute for formal marriage. A common law relationship is one in which the couple is not married, but has resided together for a certain amount of time. You may even have entered into a common law relationship without being aware of it. In Ontario, you are deemed a common-law couple if you have been living with your partner for at least three years, or for one year if you have a child with your partner.
While a common law relationship holds specific legal status, it is not a relationship that needs a divorce to end. Couples may conclude their relationship at any time, without pursuing legal action. If children, pets, or property are involved, however, certain criteria may need to be met, depending on the length of time that the couple has lived together. Knowing your rights during the wrapping-up phase of a common law relationship is very important. The lawyers at Tailor law dispense legal advice and services for all common family law matters.
DISABILITY FAMILY LAWYERS
Spouses collecting disability benefits face a special set of challenges in a divorce. Divorce can also compound existing obstacles by affecting finances and putting a wrench in settled plans for care. If you have been collecting employment or other support payments due to a disability, your spouse is not entitled to these benefits before or after a divorce. Likewise, you are not entitled to your disabled spouse’s benefits.
Disability divorce lawyers recognize that disabilities should not provide barriers to an individual’s full engagement with life. Divorce shouldn’t be any different. Those with disabilities want a lawyer in whom they have confidence. Tailor Law proffers exemplary services and accommodations for parties with disabilities, and this is reflected in our track record.
PRE-NUPTIAL AND POST-NUPTIAL AGREEMENTS
No one likes to think about the worst case scenario, but sometimes this can be helpful. Before or after getting married, it is smart to think about what will happen if the relationship falls apart. What will happen to you and your property if you separate or divorce?
A prenuptial agreement is the first step in shielding your assets in a separation or divorce. A prenuptial agreement is an agreement between two parties that is signed before marriage and defines what should occur if the two parties separate. A prenuptial agreement lists who the parties are, and what assets and properties each party had prior to marriage. It also sets out subsequent financial considerations following the end of the marriage.
A postnuptial agreement is similar to a prenuptial agreement, but a postnuptial agreement is created once two individuals have already married. A postnuptial agreement may offer less financial security as assets and property could be considered marital property once couples have married. Before getting married, you should give thought to consulting with one of the family lawyers at Tailor Law.
FREE CONSULTATIONS WITH TAILOR LAW TORONTO FAMILY LAWYERS
Awareness of your best legal angle is a key element of our strategy in any court case. This becomes even more important when child custody or property rights are at risk. A free consultation will maneuver you in the right direction and allow us to figure out how we can best serve you. The lawyers at Tailor Law provide professional, well-prepared services in Toronto, as well as in Mississauga, Oakville, and throughout the GTA. Call us anytime at 905-366-0202 to book your free consultation with an empathetic and committed member of our team.