Family Law

 We offer the first half hour consultation for $100.00, plus taxes, so please call our offices to book an appointment.

We are ready to lead you through this often confusing procedure and explain how the break-up of a family or relationship affects you and your future. We know that this is a stressful time, and we will do our best to provide you with solutions and an end to your family law issues. We will guide you through the maze and help you choose the best option for you, whether it is litigation, mediation or collaborative family law.

All of the lawyers in our firm practice family law and can give you advice on the following issues arising as a result of the breakdown of a relationship, whether it could be a marriage or between common law partners:

  • Separation
  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Guardianship
  • Access
  • Visitation
  • Contact
  • Parenting
  • Child support
  • Spousal support (or alimony)
  • Allocation of debts and liabilities
  • Division of assets

We are also equipped to prepare all kinds of agreements, including:

  • Separation agreements
  • Custody agreements
  • Access agreements
  • Guardianship agreements
  • Parenting agreements
  • Maintenance agreements, including agreements with respect to extraordinary expenses
  • Travel agreements
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Marriage agreements

We can assist you in determining the amount of child support payable pursuant to the Federal Child Support Guidelines as well as calculations of spousal support payments pursuant to the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines.

Robert Doell and Brent Kitzke basically split their practices between family law and personal injury. Both Mark Walton and Brent Pearce handle family law cases as a regular part of their practices.

Mary McManus practices primarily in the area of family law with a particular emphasis on cases involving children. Mary also is a member of the Collaborative Family Separation Professionals with specialized training in collaborative family law, which is a process where the parties and their lawyers agree to work together to create acceptable solutions that work well for both parties, without going to court.

For more information about the collaborative process, please contact the office.

Regardless of the method you choose, a key part of the process is disclosure. Incomplete disclosure usually leads to distrust among the parties and makes resolving issues more difficult. You will need to disclose your financial information, usually for the three most recent years, as well as information regarding your personal situation. You and your lawyer are obligated to provide this information under the Family Law Act and the British Columbia Supreme Court Family Rules, so that you may be better prepared.

Since the bringing into force of the Family Law Act on March 18, 2013, many people in British Columbia have questions regarding their rights under this new Act, as there are some significant changes from the Family Relations Act, and we would be happy to explain how those changes affect you, so please do not hesitate to contact the office to book an appointment.

Second opinions can be obtained through our offices, if you are uncertain as to the strategy proposed by your lawyer.

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