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There are many legal issues that can arise between family members. While divorce is perhaps the most common, there are various other disputes that could be resolved with the help of a Toronto family lawyer from our team.

Dealing with family-related conflicts on your own could be risky. To ensure your rights are protected, discuss your options with qualified a legal representative. A seasoned lawyer can guide you through the legal process and help you resolve your case.

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Getting Divorced with a Toronto Family Lawyer's Help

Divorce is one of the most common issues that family lawyers deal with. Dissolving a marriage can be a long, drawn-out, and challenging process. Fortunately, a family lawyer in Toronto could simplify the process and help you bring your marriage to an end.

For some divorcing couples, the primary issues are financial. Divorce proceedings may involve conflicts over property divisionspousal support, or the distribution of marital debts.

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What Does This Mean For Our Divorcing Clients?

It means that as a CDS Aligned Law Firm, we go above and beyond to make sure that all members of your legal team are equipped with unique skills and divorce-specific information to manage a better experience for all parties involved.

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Property Division

Interests in the Matrimonial Home

Spousal Support

Custody and Visitation

Not all parenting time issues arise during divorce proceedings. Any parent who wishes to make changes to existing custody orders may petition the court to hear their case.

Parenting time may be awarded in two forms: sole or joint. There is a presumption that shared custody is in the best interests of the child – meaning both parents live with their kids for an equal amount of time and share in the decision-making process for their children. However, sole custody – which gives only one parent the right to live with their child full-time and the final say on important decisions – may be appropriate in some cases.

Parents without custody of their children could petition the court to spend more time with them. A Toronto family lawyer from the Riley Firm would be well-equipped to assist you in any parenting time or visitation disputes that arise, both in and out of divorce.

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Separation

Not all couples facing the end of their marriage want to divorce. For a variety of reasons, some people choose to remain legally married while living separately. With the help of a separation agreement, you could make arrangements similar to those accomplished through a divorce decree.

Separation agreements must be in writing, signed by both parties, and witnessed. The parties must fully disclose their assets and debts to each other before finalizing the agreement. Ideally, each party has a lawyer review the drafted contract to ensure the party understands its implications and confirm both parties received the
other’s disclosure.

Although separation agreements are enforceable contracts, courts sometimes set them aside if it appears one party withheld important information, pressured the other, or if the agreement is so one-sided it shocks the conscience. Working with one of our capable family lawyers in Toronto could help prevent any legal roadblocks.

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Let a Toronto Family Lawyer Help Draft Marital Agreements

A family lawyer in Toronto could also help you draft a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. If you are preparing to get married, a prenuptial agreement is a great way to resolve certain marital issues ahead of time in case the marriage eventually ends in divorce. Otherwise, if you are already married, our team could help you create and sign a postnuptial agreement.

These marital contracts allow you to enter or continue a marriage with realistic expectations for what would otherwise be an uncertain future. However, they are not binding on every aspect of divorce. For example, Toronto courts will not honor a marital agreement that includes terms on child custody or support. While those issues must be resolved by a judge, pre- and postnuptial agreements can include terms on spousal support and the division of marital property.

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Contact Our Family Lawyers in Toronto

Legal issues involving your family can be emotionally taxing to resolve, and disputes could have consequences that last a lifetime. When you are facing the possibility of a family law dispute, it is important to have the right legal counsel by your side. Available 24-hours a day, our Toronto family lawyers are ready to help you resolve any legal issue you may be facing with your loved ones. Call today.

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