Choosing Divorce

Couples seeking divorce in Surrey, BC usually…

try to come up with a plan for how they will manage important areas of married life, separately.

A “Separation Agreement” is the legal document that is required by the British Columbia Family Law Act in order to obtain a divorce. It must address the following main issues:

  • Custody and Guardianship
  • Access¬†(Parenting Time)
  • Child Support
  • Parenting Responsibilities regarding
    • education
    • physical and mental health
    • extracurricular activities and expenses
  • Division of Property including
    • the marital home
    • other real estate
    • business assets
    • pensions¬†and all other assets

Now that the marriage is over and divorce is the decided course of action, a separation agreement is the binding contract that will set out how you should deal with each other. Most couples try to draft a separation agreement through negotiation or through a lawyer. For those who are able to follow such an agreement, these couples are usually granted an uncontested divorce. 

Contesting a divorce

¬† If negotiation has not resulted in a fair separation agreement, or if one or both parties have been unable to adhere to the agreement, then all contested matters will need to be decided in court before a divorce will be granted. Fleetwood Family Law can represent your case to the court through mounting a meticulously prepared – yet succinct -case. We have the acquired experience to understand how to navigate the unexpected, how to turn on a dime strategically – within the courtroom and outside it.¬† There’s a lot to know about practicing family law in Surrey, British Columbia, and knowing your way around the BC Family Law Act is only half the story. A lawyer who attends court regularly becomes known to the court, therefor his or her reputation for honest dealing is always paramount.

Effective and Forthright Representation

By taking a concise, straightforward stand on the presentation of your case, you will benefit in a multitude of ways. Firstly, you will save on costs; there are numerous savings to be had by laying the case out in a concise, yet thorough manner. Full financial disclosure usually saves many thousands down the road in any family law matter.

Secondly, you will decrease your stress; the painstakingly meticulous unwinding of lies, omissions and obfuscations are the bread and butter of divorce lawyers. We would never lead our clients to build an expensive house of cards due to having successfully collapsed so many of them.


Video: Matthew Brandon explains how to approach establishing the Date of Separation: 


Why choose us?

When another Surrey family lawyer recommends us or chooses our law firm to represent them in their own divorce it is the greatest compliment. Experienced lawyers know that the best divorce lawyer in BC can be found by watching their arguments in the courtroom, by digging into published decisions – but not necessarily by paying more to visit a shiny downtown office tower. You will be in good hands choosing the Surrey divorce lawyers at Fleetwood Family Law to represent you. If you’re unsure, it may be helpful for you to visit the courthouse and listen to a trial being conducted by one of our lawyers.

Exclusive Divorce and Family Law Focus

Our role in the courtroom is to educate the judge about your case and about the relevant sections of the BC Family Law Act. The judge may have no background in family law, and relies on us, as friends of the court, to clearly convey the heart of the matter. We are not general practitioners – we focus exclusively on family law matters. We do not “dabble”.¬†¬†

When Divorce Litigation is the only Option

Having your family law matter heard in court may be necessary when domestic violence is a barrier to fair negotiation, or when one or both parties are too firmly entrenched in their position to be able to compromise. Even though the court process can be arduous and expensive, at times it is necessary. Custody/Guardianship disputes are particularly stressful for all concerned. There are times when a judge –¬† after hearing all the details of the family law matter – must be the final arbiter of justice.

Confidence in Court

Although most clients settle partway through the divorce process, the lawyers at Fleetwood Family Law are excellent litigators who can walk with you through the entire process with confidence.  They are not timid about going to court. They will not be intimidated. You will never be pressed to accept less than your best option just because your lawyer fears court.  Our lawyers will apply the law with precision to your unique situation. They will build the case that will be to your best advantage. They have gained many years of valuable experience as practicing divorce lawyers in Surrey, BC. Let Fleetwood Family Law share the benefit of this knowledge with you.

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