It is generally acknowledged that entrepreneurs, both male and female, have one of the highest divorce rates of any defined group in Canada. Senior executives driven by success follow closely. Because our firm acts primarily with entrepreneurs, business owners and family owned businesses, we are acutely aware of the dynamics, tensions and family fallout that exist in these enterprises.
We are also ideally positioned with resources and experience in all aspects of family law to assist business owners and other individuals with significant assets, interests in family businesses and matrimonial assets in other jurisdictions. Our lawyers have years of experience and success in different types of complex and contentious matrimonial and related legal disputes and have appeared in all levels of Courts of Ontario.
We are proactive, providing short-term and long-term strategic advice and litigation or mediation intervention as appropriate. Our goal is to assist clients in making informed decisions that will lead to the most advantageous result. We act quickly to address clients’ immediate concerns and help them regain control of their lives. When necessary, we will not hesitate to take forceful action in court. As tough as we are in implementing strategy and acting in negotiations, our close individual attention and compassion reflect an understanding of the real personal impact of the separation and divorce process on everyone involved, especially the children.
LOVE. REALITY. MARRIAGE CONTRACTS AND COHABITATION AGREEMENTS
There is love, and then there is reality.
Take a moment and think about the future before the wedding ceremony. This is particularly important when you will be married for the second time and have accumulated assets and possibly have children, or your future partner has children.
Marriage Contracts and Cohabitation Agreements provide a framework for pre-determining a potential future division of all property, debt or specific assets (such as a business or a home) and, where appropriate, support. We can assist you in structuring a customized agreement that will protect your home, business or estate in the event of a future separation.
CONSULT SOONER RATHER THAN LATER
When you recognize that you are experiencing the first real signs of trouble in your marriage, we recommend that you consult with us to get a clear understanding of your rights, obligations and options. At that time, we will address matters requiring immediate attention, help you regain equilibrium in your day to day life, and work with you to resolve the terms of your separation efficiently and effectively.
During this time, it may be advisable to seek the assistance of other professionals such as child experts, counselors, appraisers and business valuators. We can help you connect with reliable experts.
Once the separation agreement has been finalized, we will provide assistance to enforce the provisions of the settlement.
SEE YOU IN COURT!
Inevitably, there will be situations where negotiation breaks down and disputes concerning children, parenting and support will have to be settled by the courts. This could occur during the separation process, or some time later when you need to amend or enforce a court order. Rest assured that you are in good hands with our litigation strength, common sense negotiating approach and appreciation of your personal upheaval.
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