Divorce Lawyers in Surrey, B.C.
Why choose our Divorce Lawyers in Surrey, BC?
When another Surrey divorce 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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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.
- Custody and Guardianship
- 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 USA
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.
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Top Divorce Lawyers in Surrey
At Fleetwood Family Law, our divorce lawyers in Surrey know that coming to the point of applying for a BC divorce is a huge step that takes courage and even love for oneself. Divorce is the beginning of a new life, and with it, comes proper planning and setting yourself up for life after divorce. For this reason, approaching separation and all issues relating to it, including financial, support and parenting time can be overwhelming. Even small mistakes can cost fortunes and children’s lives may be harmed.
Planning a new life and making sure your separation and divorce provide enough for the next chapter means you will need proper guidance from a trained individual who can advise you of your options, pitfalls, compromises and strategies to get to where you need to get. For that reason, having a competent divorce lawyer is crucial and essential to every divorce case.
Why Hire A Divorce Lawyer in Surrey
Whether you have settled everything or not, our divorce lawyers will take your hand and lead you through all loops and holes, all the confusion and all the difficulties you may experience as you navigate this process. Divorce in Surrey, BC is complicated and expensive. We don’t deny that. But sometimes if you try to do something so complicated yourself, you may lose much more than you save. We have seen this first hand in so many cases.
Consult with a Surrey divorce lawyer before you take any further steps so that you fully understand your rights.
Grounds for Divorce – Divorce Lawyers in Surrey
The Divorce Act governs divorce in British Columbia and Canada. To be eligible for a divorce in BC, you or your spouse must be a primary resident of BC for at least one year. You may begin the process and apply for divorce if you or your spouse currently live in British Columbia and plan to reside here for at least one year, but the divorce cannot be ordered until you have been living in BC for at least one year.
You must have grounds to divorce in BC. Valid grounds for divorce in Surrey may include:
- Separation for at least one year,
- Adultery or,
- Physical or Mental Cruelty
There are two types of divorce: uncontested or contested.
Uncontested Divorce in Surrey
Our uncontested divorce lawyers know that if both you and your spouse are amicable and reasonable, you will reach a settlement on all issues in your case. In this case, all you have to do is to let the court know and ask for a BC divorce. You do not have to appear in court, but rather the judge signs an order of divorce that may incorporate your settlement terms. An uncontested divorce essentially means you agree on everything, including child support, child custody arrangements, spousal support, and property and debt division. Contact our Surrey divorce lawyers by calling 604-575-1333 or contact us.
Contested Divorce in Surrey
A contested divorce does not mean you contest the actual divorce, but rather the terms of your divorce which relate to property division, support payments, custody, or parenting time. Our contested divorce lawyers can help you and your spouse reach a separation agreement through mediation. In fact, most divorces settle before trial. Although our experienced lawyers do all we can to avoid a costly, time-consuming trial, we are prepared to litigate your case in court if necessary to protect your rights.
High Net Worth Divorce | High Net Worth Divorce Lawyers in Surrey
High net worth typically involves complex assets valued at more than $1 million. Common issues that may arise during a high net worth divorce include tax liability, valuation of businesses, income reporting, estate matters, spousal support, child support and damage control. At Fleetwood Family law, we are ready to handle high net worth and high stakes divorces in Surrey. Because family law is our practice focus, we have perfected our methods and continually refine our approach to deliver innovative, efficient, successful representation.
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About Surrey, BC
Surrey is a city in the province of British Columbia, Canada, located south of the Fraser River and north of the Canada–United States border. It is a member municipality of the Metro Vancouver regional district and metropolitan area. Mainly a suburban city, Surrey is the province's second-largest by population after Vancouver and the third-largest by area after Abbotsford and Prince George. Seven neighbourhoods in Surrey are designated town centres: Cloverdale, Fleetwood, Guildford, Newton, South Surrey, and City Centre encompassed by Whalley. == History == Surrey was incorporated in 1879, and encompasses land formerly occupied by a number of Halqemeylem-speaking aboriginal groups. When Englishman H.J. Brewer looked across the Fraser River from New Westminster and saw a land reminiscent of his native County of Surrey in England, the settlement of Surrey was placed on the map. The area then comprised forests of douglas fir, fir, red cedar, hemlock, blackberry bushes, and cranberry bogs. A portion of present-day Whalley (named after Harry Whalley, who owned and operated a gas bar at the bend in King George Blvd, (formerly King George Highway) at 108 Avenue, "Whalley's Corner") was used as a burial ground by the Kwantlen (or Qw'ontl'en) Nation. Settlers arrived first in Cloverdale and parts of South Surrey, mostly to farm, fish, harvest oysters, or set up small stores. Once the Pattullo Bridge was erected in 1937, the way was open for Surrey to expand.
Neighborhoods in Surrey, BC
South Surrey, Guildford, Cloverdale, Newton, Whalley, Fraser Heights, Grandview Heights, Ocean Park, Port Kells, Crescent Beach, Strawberry Hill, Bridgeview, Sunnyside, Aloha Estates, East Clayton, Morgan Heights, South Westminster, South Newton, Anniedale, Clayton, Mud Bay, Johnson Heights, Sullivan, Alluvia, Hazelmere, Crescent, Elgin, Kensington Prairie, Port Mann
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Reviews for Fleetwood Family Law Surrey, BC
We highly recommend Lawyer Matthew Brandon for ANY family law matter. Matthew Brandon has proven himself to be one extraordinary lawyer. Very knowledgeable, very professional and his great guidance never failed us. Unfortunately we can only go as high as 5 stars; otherwise we would have rated Matt a solid 10. Do not hesitate to contact Matthew Brandon for any family law matters. A good lawyer is all it takes.
Great team at Fleetwood Family Law, Matthew is extremely knowledgeable, experienced and easy to deal with...to the point! They were able to facilitate my busy schedule with a Saturday visit. Frankie has been great managing the case files, the communication is very good letting me focus on what I need to worry free. Can not say enough, thank you Fleetwood Family Law!
Mr. Brandon runs a knowledgeable, honest, and efficient legal firm. If you want help with your difficult family problems from knowledgeable and reasonable legal professionals: bring them here.
I have to start off by saying the value is amazing. I can't speak for all the lawyers but personally my lawyer is amazingly knowledgeable, I can't believe his hourly rate is so low. I looked around for approximately 3 weeks before choosing this firm to represent me. I did a lot of consultations and research but upon meeting my lawyer I realized he was the right one. I'll save anyone a lot of time right now and let them know we are about halfway into a really complicated custody case and I still believe he is the right choice. As of right now I have nothing but faith in him. Also the owner of the company seems to care a lot about his clients and the integrity of his business which I feel is a huge reason why his company seems to be so successful and has great representation to provide for his clients. Last but definitely not least is Nikki is amazing she to me seems to be the glue and the backbone of Fleetwood family law. She's a hero you guys better keep her lol. Thanks for all your work Yaro
When you need a lawyer you are generally not in the happiest of places in life, but we were blown away by the kindness of the staff in this office! Matt Brandon went above and beyond for us in our custody battle and helped us with empathy and great professionalism. When he was unavailable, Yaro Garulko was ready to step in with the same level of dedication. The office staff made us feel welcome and helped us during some of the most stressful times in our lives. I would recommend Fleetwood Family Law to anyone who needs a lawyer that isn't trying to make money off your hard times, but is honest with you, trying to save you money and treats you with respect and honesty.