Representation In Court


The vast majority of cases settle before the trial stage is reached.

Trials and motions are unpredictable and complex. The lawyers at Chapman McAlpine Law have experience litigating in Court while making a good faith effort to resolve issues on a reasonable basis as early as possible in the court process.


In a typical family law case, the steps in a court case are as follows:


Initial court documents are served on the other party and filed at the Court (Application, Answer, Financial Statements)


In front of a court clerk, ensuring that all pleadings are filed and that the parties are ready for a case conference; case conference date is then set.


Usually first step in front of Judge; parties to serve/file briefs – discuss case with Judge and what steps (disclosure) are necessary to get the file ready for a settlement conference and resolution; Judge will provide input to the parties on their case if appropriate;


Judge makes decisions on temporary issues such as custody/access, child support, spousal support, sale of property, financial disclosure, etc.


In front of a Judge and parties to serve/file briefs; Judge acts as a mediator and helps the parties try to settle or narrow their issues and avoid a trial on those issues; Judge will provide input to the parties on the case.


In front of a Judge;


Parties present their evidence (oral testimony and documentary evidence) and Judge makes final decision based on that evidence.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

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“This team is incredible. I spent time with both Allison and Kara to deal through my issues and they were both very professional, to the point and made resolving the issues in the best possible interest for me. Paul was most courteous and helpful in helping me understand the process of my case. Would definitely recommend them.”
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Kara-Lynne is determined, motivated and very compassionate. Her knowledge on family law is extensive. She works hard for her clients. She successfully helped me receive what was best for my children. I was awarded more than I originally thought I would; which was a huge relief.
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I am very thankful that I found Allison. She listened with compassion, provided sound advice and was very proactive in getting resolution to a difficult situation. Working with Allison was absolutely life changing. I highly recommend Allison and her staff.
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