When you get married, you think of spending your lives together. However, life is uncertain and there might be situations that prompt you to separate from your spouse as soon as possible. And separation can be difficult and messy. You are overwhelmed with emotions that cloud your judgment. Also you have so much legal paperwork that handling it all on your own can be difficult. So, having a divorce lawyer Barrie by your side will be beneficial. They can prepare all the documents and allow you to take the right legal decision that is beneficial for you in the long term.[Read more…]
Families are complicated! With different relationship dynamics, sometimes it can get difficult to tackle certain issues. Especially when the familial issues concern marriage, parenting rights, child custody, and such. These situations can get worse too and quickly. A word said here, and a word said there can result in a sticky familial situation. Sometimes they can worsen so much that you need to go to court for solving the issues legally. And that’s why having family law lawyers Barrie by your side can be advantageous. Here are a few familial situations where a family lawyer can assist you.[Read more…]
When a couple decides to separate, there are many logistical issues to resolve. One of these is how to fairly divide the “stuff” that they have accumulated during the course of their relationship.
The starting point in these negotiations is to look at what each party brought into the relationship when cohabitation began. This is more easily done in short term relationships. For parties who have been together for a long time, most of the furniture, vehicles, etc. that they brought into the relationship have been replaced over the years. [Read more…]
In today’s day and age where people post daily pictures of their breakfast to Instagram, tweet their every waking moment, and air their grievances on Facebook, the danger of all this accessibility to private information as it relates to separation/divorce is often overlooked. All of those posts are potential pieces of evidence and one should exercise extreme caution and restraint when using social media in the wake of a separation. [Read more…]
For some, Christmas is not the happy, joyous season it once was. It can be a time of stress and sadness, particularly for those who have separated from their spouse. In his article entitled “Handling Holidays After Divorce“, Brian Galbraith, a seasoned family lawyer, provides some practical advice on surviving the holiday season as a divorced parent.
We at Owen & Associates Law wish you and your family peace, health, and love this holiday season.
Brett Degoldi is a family lawyer in Barrie who has taken a revolutionary new approach to family law: early, neutral, joint consultations. He meets with both parties to provide them with advice regarding the process of reaching a mutually acceptable Separation Agreement. He can also provide referrals to family law lawyers who can assist each party in negotiating an agreement. As both parties hear the same information at the same time, things to do not get lost in translation and both are equally empowered. The goal is to assist separating couples to make smart pathway choices to stay out of court.
The road between separation and resolution is unique to every couple. Just as your relationship was different than anyone else’s, your separation will be different too. Here are some ways in which people resolve the issues that arise upon separation. [Read more…]
A question we are frequently asked is “how do I help my children handle our separation?” There is no singular answer to this. Every child is different, every household is different, and every parent is different; there are a lot of variables to consider.
Grandparents often play an important role in their grandchildren’s lives. In the majority of cases, time with the grandchildren is arranged directly with the parents without any problems. Sometimes, though, grandparents are either not allowed to spend time with the children or their time is restricted by the parents. These grandparents will come to us asking whether they can seek a court order allowing them time with their grandchildren.
Pets are often viewed as members of the family. So what happens to these “fur babies” when a couple separates? Does one party get custody of the pet? Does the other have to pay support? [Read more…]