Divorce: Expectation vs. Reality

Many recently first-time separated clients come to my office in Kitchener-Waterloo thinking about “divorce”. I often tell them that divorce is no big deal. The top separation issues are “kids, money and property”. If these have been settled fairly and legally, and the dissolution of the marriage is the only…

Cannabis and Cauliflower

In the last few weeks, it seems as if everyone has jumped on to the cannabis bandwagon. The news media is full of stories with Canadians ($$ in their heads) gleefully rubbing their hands together in anticipation of new opportunities to profit in a whole new sector of the economy….

How Is Child Support Calculated?

Even the most amicable divorce proceedings can hit a roadblock when it comes to the issue of child support. The reality is that it’s complex, and based on a variety of factors under provincial and federal law. While we can’t tell you what your support obligation or entitlement will be…

How Much Will My Divorce Cost?

For those ending a marriage, among the many concerns and thoughts running through their minds is, “how much will my divorce cost?” The short answer is that it depends on your situation. Let’s dig into some factors that can influence the cost so you are as prepared as possible throughout…

Not Cleared for Take Off: Mistakes To Avoid In Your Separation

All too often in separation situations, one or both of the parties head for the barricades and do things far more than necessary to protect themselves. I sometimes call these actions “take offs”. For example: He takes her off of his health insurance coverage available at work. She takes him…

What to Expect When You Meet With a Divorce Lawyer

Walking into a divorce lawyer’s office can be daunting; many people feel overwhelmed, nervous — and confused. What’s going to happen? Every separation, divorce, and individual is different, but when you know what to expect from the process, it can help set your mind at ease. Before Your Meeting Making…

Looking For A Divorce Lawyer? 5 Things To Consider

Divorce (and separation) is an intensely emotional, personal process; it can feel very difficult to open the curtain and let someone behind the scenes. This is why it’s essential that you don’t just choose any family lawyer. You need a partner with whom you can work openly and honestly. How…

The Top 6 Benefits of Collaborative Practice

Divorce: when approached the wrong way it can be contentious, adversarial, and costly — both financially and emotionally. The traditional approach often leaves both parties bitter and angry; it is designed as me vs. them. Collaborative practice (a.k.a. collaborative divorce) shifts this dynamic, opening the opportunity for a cooperative, fair,…

Unbundling That Won’t Cost You A Bundle

Our court system is lengthy, document intensive and complicated.  Many of those in court are representing themselves.  It’s a difficult challenge to understand court procedure, keep up with the documentation and court appearances especially if there is a lawyer on the other side, but even in cases where neither party…

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