Whether you are entering into a new relationship, or dealing with the aftermath of a relationship breakdown, I can help to ensure your rights are protected.
Family law issues can come up when you least expect them. And with those issues comes stress and strong emotions. With any family law dispute, it is important to hire a lawyer you trust who will give you the personal attention you need. At Jackson LPC, I understand that your family law challenges are unique, and I pride myself in learning every important detail of your case. I use simple, straightforward language to explain to you what options you have for dealing with your particular situation, and I will advise you on the potential benefits, drawbacks, and expenses associated with each option. I will then provide you with strong advocacy and support throughout the process.
I can help you with a wide variety of family law issues
Separation & Divorce
Whether you are married or in a common law relationship, I can help you with your separation concerns. Regardless of your relationship status, you will have to address custody, support payments, and property division. If you are legally married to your partner, you may wish to obtain a divorce order. I can help you navigate the separation or divorce process in a way that is efficient and easy to understand.
Child Custody, Access & Parenting
One of the most contentious areas of family law is determining how your children will be cared for. I am sensitive to the fact that every family is unique and every child has different needs. I will work with you to ensure that the interests of your children are protected.
Child & Spousal Support Payments
Depending on your situation, you may be entitled to receive or be required to pay child and/or spousal support. I can help to determine what types of support payments apply to your case and to ensure they are paid in full and on time. If your ex-partner is behind in his or her payments, I can help to make sure that you get what is owed. If you are required to pay support payments, I will ensure that you are not paying more than is required.
I can deal with the division of all types of family property including the matrimonial home, jointly owned assets, and personal property. I will help you understand how the law requires your assets to be divided, and help you obtain a fair financial settlement. I can also assist in disputes over specific forms of property such as pets and sentimental items.
For couples who are just starting their lives together, I can assist with both Cohabitation Agreements and Marriage Contracts (commonly referred to as Pre-Nuptial Agreements). For separating or divorcing couples, I can assist with the preparation of a Separation Agreement. I can also draft domestic contracts for parents who never lived together, but need to address custody, access and child support.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Many people these days prefer to solve their family law issues without entering a court room. A wide range of dispute resolution options are available including: negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. If both you and your ex-partner are willing to compromise and come to a fair agreement, these options are are typically much faster and less expensive than going to family court. I would be pleased to assist you in establishing which option best suits your needs.
A small percentage of family law issues will require court intervention in order to be resolved. While I encourage my clients to use less expensive and more efficient dispute resolution techniques, I am able to provide representation in court when necessary. When in court, I ensure that the judge is fully informed of all the important facts of your case, and I work to guide the judge to a fair final order.
Limited Scope Representation
Sometimes, hiring a lawyer to represent you for the entirety of your family law case is financially out of reach. However, many clients still wish to be provided with legal advice or have the assistance of a lawyer when preparing documents. For these situations, I offer unbundled services to help you make sure that you have the legal help needed, without the expense of full representation.
Family Law Fees
My current hourly fee for family law cases is $195.00 + HST and disbursements. However, I am able to offer some services at a flat rate. My flat rate fees are listed below.
I also have the ability to accept clients who possess valid certificates from Legal Aid Ontario. Please contact the office regarding my current availability to take on your case.