Blog: Family Law Process

I Think My Spouse Owes Me An Equalization Payment; Can I Pay My Legal Fees When I Get That Money?: Contingency Fees and Family Law

There are numerous law firms advertising on television, radio, internet, and elsewhere that claim, “our lawyers only get paid when you get paid” or “no fees unless we win”, or otherwise offer some arrangement where the lawyer’s fees are taken out of any settlement or court judgment obtained. These fees are referred to as “contingency fees”, since the amount payable to the lawyer is “contingent” (that is, it depends) on winning and, typically, also on the size of the settlement or judgment (since contingency fees are often a percentage of…

Can my Ex and I use a “Do-It-Yourself” Separation Agreement template we found online?

Just as there are many “do-it-yourself” kits for Wills and Powers of Attorney available, there are a number of websites that offer templates for Separation Agreements. Often these are advertised as being free to use and some claim to take only 5-10 minutes to complete. Just fill in the blanks and in a few minutes, you’re good to go – with no legal fees and no delay. With such a minimal investment of time and money involved, it may be tempting to rely on one of these templates. There are,…

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE – WE KNOW IT’S A PAIN, BUT HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD DO IT

For many clients, the thought of producing financial disclosure in a family law matter is overwhelming and kind of a pain. Nevertheless, financial disclosure is the most important part of the process when dealing with issues of child support, spousal support and property division. What is Financial Disclosure? In any family case involving financial issues, both parties should exchange full financial disclosure. The basics of this are: A sworn and completed financial statement (whether in court or not). A blank financial statement can be found here at http://ontariocourtforms.on.ca/en/family-law-rules-forms/. Please note…

I’ve Been Served Court Papers: What Do I Do Now?

If you’ve been served with court papers, it may have come as a complete shock, or it may have been something you knew was coming. Either way, you may have no idea what you need to do next and responding to the lawsuit may seem like a daunting task. Here are a few quick “do’s” and “don’t’s” if you’ve recently been served, or expect that you might be in the near future.   Do Talk to a Lawyer Even if you are thinking of representing yourself, it is a good…

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