Family Law

Dealing with family law issues can be a stressful and difficult time for couples and their children.  As your lawyer, I will be committed to listening to your concerns and working with you to find practical solutions that fit the needs of your family.

Where possible, we always attempt to assist our clients in resolving their matters outside of court.  In our experience, negotiated settlements are often more satisfying, more permanent, less expensive, and less stressful when compared with court-based resolutions.

If you have been able to reach an agreement independently, we are pleased to offer a wide range of flat fee services to help you finalize your agreement.

If you and your family need some assistance in reaching an agreement, we have considerable experience in assisting our clients in a full range of alternative dispute resolution options available, including:

  • Collaborative Family Law
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration

When negotiated settlements are not possible, we are well equipped to assist you with navigating your way through the court.

We recognize that facing the family court system can be intimidating and stressful.  We will work with you to demystify the legal process and to obtain the best result for you and your family as quickly and as cost-efficiently as possible.

I have considerable experience representing clients in both the Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice on the following matters:

  • Divorce applications (both sole and joint divorces)
  • Custody, access and developing parenting plans
  • Adoptions
  • Child support and changes to child support
  • Spousal support and changes to spousal support
  • Division of property and equalization of property
  • Equitable property claims (including for common law spouses)
  • Dependent’s relief applications

We are committed to working towards access to justice for all families in Fergus, Elora, Guelph and the surrounding areas, regardless of income.

To assist our lower and middle-income clients, we are pleased to offer:

Free consultations for up to one-hour.

Limited scope / unbundled services: This service is for clients representing themselves, but who need some legal advice or assistance along the way (i.e. with preparing court documents or with representation for a specific court appearance such as an important motion).

Legal aid certificates: Our firm accepts legal aid certificates on a case-by-case basis.