During separation, couples usually…
try to come up with an agreement which will address the following main issues:
- Custody (often known as Guardianship)
- Access (often known as 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
- Spousal support, also known as Alimony
Now that the marriage is over, a separation agreement is the binding contract that will set out how you should deal with each other. Most couples try to draft an agreement through negotiation or through a lawyer. For those who are able to follow such an agreement, at the end of the separation these couples are usually granted an uncontested divorce.
However, if the divorce is contested, if negotiation has not resulted in an 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.
Why choose us?
Having your case 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 is quite arduous and expensive, sometimes it is necessary. Custody/Guardianship disputes are particularly stressful for all concerned, but there are times when a judge, after hearing all the details of the case, must be the final arbiter of justice. And, although most clients settle partway through the process and few cases actually go to trial, the lawyers at Fleetwood Family Law are excellent litigators who can walk with you through the entire process, with dignity. They will apply the law with precision to your unique situation to build the case that will be to your best advantage.