During separation, couples usually…
try to come up with an agreement which will address the following issues:
- Access (Parenting Time)
- Child Support
- Parenting Responsibilities regarding
- 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, known as Alimony in the US
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
However, if negotiation has not resulted in a 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.
Why choose us?
It is the greatest compliment when another family law lawyer chooses us to represent them in their divorce. You will be in good hands choosing Fleetwood Family Law to represent you. 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 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 is quite 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.