We know how difficult it is to navigate separation and divorce. We will work with you to develop a customized plan to reach a resolution and ensure your rights are protected. Our family law team is experienced in using a variety of tools to resolve our clients’ files, including negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. We understand that you want to stay out of court, and we will recommend court applications only where necessary.
“Krista always took the time to listen to me and explain my options. I felt like she truly cared about me. I am so happy that I was able to settle my case out of court and continue to move on with life after separation and divorce.”
~ Emily F.
“Going through the separation and divorce process can be a difficult time emotionally and mentally, but when you have a lawyer like Natasha on your side the process becomes much less intimidating. Natasha has a way of explaining the divorce process that takes much of the stress and frustration out of the process. She is extremely supportive; she listens to the needs of her clients, and is dedicated to getting the best possible results for them. I highly recommend Natasha for any of your family law needs.”
~ Maureen G.
“Let’s just say going through a separation/divorce is not always an easy process; but Emily has been exceptionally professional, compassionate, informative, diligent, and committed in representing her clients. Emily is very confident in her work and the Family Law Act. I have and would continue to recommend Emily to others who are going through a divorce.”
~ Kris H.
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about family law.
- What is family law litigation?
- Do I have to go to court?
- How long will it take to get my divorce order?
- Am I entitled to spousal support and division of property if I’m not legally married?
- Why work with Linley Welwood family lawyers?
What is family law litigation?
Family law litigation focuses on resolving family issues inside and outside of a courtroom. If family members cannot reach an agreement with lawyer representation, their case will be taken to court and settled by a judge. In family law litigation, both of the parties involved will need to hire their own lawyer to represent them.
Do I have to go to court?
Our family law lawyers take their ethical obligation to encourage settlement outside of court seriously. Most of our family law cases do settle outside of court and often result in a separation agreement. Sometimes it is necessary to start a court action, but the majority of those cases are settled in the end. Our family law lawyers will recommend a negotiation and settlement strategy based on the unique factors of your case.
How long will it take to get my divorce order?
All legal issues resulting from separation must be resolved before the court will grant a divorce order. These issues include division of property and debt, spousal support, child support, and parenting arrangements. Each case is unique and it is rarely possible to estimate the duration of any given case. Our family law lawyers will work with you to develop a plan to resolve your case as efficiently as possible.
Am I entitled to spousal support and division of property if I’m not legally married?
Our provincial legislation is the Family Law Act, SBC 2011 c. 25 and it applies to couples who are living common law as well as married couples. Common law spouses and legally married couples have the same rights and obligations under the Family Law Act. The only difference for common law couples is that they must live together for 2 years before they can seek spousal support or make a property claim. Anyone can use the Family Law Act for issues related to child support or parenting arrangements regardless of their marital status.
Areas of practice:
- Separation Agreements
- Child Support
- Spousal Support
- Extraordinary or Special Expenses for Children
- Parenting Time
- Parenting Arrangements
- Custody and Guardianship
- Co-parenting Plans
- Division of Property, Assets, and Debt
- Excluded Property
- Pension Division
- Protection Orders for Family Violence
- Protection of Property Orders
- Mediation and Arbitration
Why work with Linley Welwood family lawyers?
We will take the time to listen to your case and clearly explain your options to you so that you can make the best decision to move forward. Our family law lawyers deal with all areas of family law and divorce law, including: prenuptial or marriage agreements, separation agreements, custody and guardianship, parenting time and parenting responsibilities, child support, property and pension division, and spousal support.
Our team of family lawyers can assist with all areas of family and divorce law including but not limited to child custody settlements, separation agreements, divorce and common law separation, spousal and child support, guardianship, family mediation, and adoption. If you are interested in speaking to an Abbotsford family lawyer, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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