The following is not legal advice and is for informational purposes only
Statistically speaking, the majority of the population will experience a family law issue at some point in their lives. Whether it involves a divorce, custody or access, child support, spousal support, equalization, restraining orders, or even adoption these are all matters covered in family law.
When considering the above list, adoption is the only one which is immediately seen as positive in nature. All the remaining issues in family law are the ones a person hopes never to have to learn about or consider. The reason being is that even saying these words creates a fear and anxiety in people. When one has to deal with a separation, it will impact the person in the most personal of ways. It is undeniably one of most emotionally charged experiences a person will ever face. This is why proper legal representation is key to navigating the system.
Depending on an individual’s circumstances it is possible to deal with these issues through a variety of methods including mediation, arbitration, Court, Collaborative Family Law, negotiation and/or Separation Agreement. It is important to seek legal advice as early in the process as possible in order to understand the various processes and issues involved in any family law matter.
The breakdown of the family unit is already a financial strain. It is therefore vital at the outset to know your rights and responsibilities. The knowledge can be the best protection for moving forward. Good legal representation will assist in repairing the family unit to the point it can move past the separation to focus on the future. It is understandable that no one really wants to have to visit the office of a family lawyer. However, if you find yourself in such a situation the experienced family lawyer should be your first step.