Family Law Services

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Child Custody & Access

“Custody” refers to certain decision-making regarding children, while “access” refers to each parent’s physical time with the children.

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Child Support & Spousal Support

Child support refers to the amount payable by one parent to the other for the support of a child, while spousal support refers to the amount payable from one spouse to the other for the support of the recipient spouse.

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matrimonial home litigation

Matrimonial Home

The matrimonial home is given special treatment in the area of family law. A matrimonial home is the property that two married spouses lived in which, at the time of separation, a spouse had an interest in and was ordinarily occupied by the spouses as their family residence.

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separation agreements

Separation Agreements & Parenting Agreements

Our lawyers are experienced in negotiating and drafting legal Separation and Parenting Agreements for our clients dealing with all issues in a family law case.

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Representation in Court

Our lawyers are experienced in representing clients at each stage of the court process in a family law case. There are multiple stages in a typical family law case.

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Limited Scope Retainers

Limited Scope Retainers

Limited Scope Retainers refer to a cost-effective alternative to full representation by a lawyer. This is an “a la carte” type of legal representation where you choose which aspects of your case you would like your lawyer to represent you on or provide you with advice for.

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Divorce

Divorce refers to the legal dissolution of a marriage. At Chapman McAlpine Law, we handle divorce-only cases on a competitive flat-fee basis. Obtaining a Divorce is relatively straight forward if all of the other issues have been dealt with in a separation agreement (e.g., custody/access, support and property issues).

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Property Division

The laws differ for property division for married spouses (equalization) and common-law spouses. The law for equalization is governed by statute, whereas the law for common-law spouses is based on equitable claims made by case-law (judge-made law).

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resolution options

Resolutions Options

There are various options in family law to resolve your case. The legal costs differ with each option as each option requires more or less involvement from your lawyer than the other options. Whichever option you choose your lawyer can assist you in finalizing your case with a court order or agreement.

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