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Family Law

Family Law

The Family law group at Nixon Wenger LLP deals with all issues concerning divorce and separation including child custody, guardianship and access, child and spousal support, and division of family assets and debts, including complex issues arising from the ownership of businesses and the implementation of trusts.  Our lawyers also regularly help clients with domestic contracts, including pre-nuptial contracts, co-habitation agreements and separation agreements.

Our family law lawyers are highly skilled trial lawyers and experienced in settling matters through negotiation and mediation.  Our lawyers act for clients throughout the province and can help guide you through the complex maze of family law.

Family Law Services

  • Divorce and Separation Agreements
  • Marriage and Cohabitation Agreements
  • Property Division
  • Spousal Support and Child Support
  • Child Custody and Parenting Agreements

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Family Law FAQ

We recommend that you obtain legal advice before you start living with someone or get married. Ideally, you would review with your potential partner, when times are good, how you would handle various issues such as: What are your respective financial responsibilities? What happens if one of you dies? What happens if you separate? You can formalize your intentions in a written Cohabitation Agreement or Marriage Agreement. If you are at the point of considering separation or have already separated, we recommend that you obtain legal advice as soon as possible. In can be helpful to obtain legal advice before you separate from your spouse so that you can properly plan for your separation and you are aware of the types of information and documentation that will be useful for the process. In addition, there are also time limits in which certain claims must be made. After such periods expire, you may be barred from making the claim.

Make an appointment with one of our Family Law lawyers to obtain independent legal advice about your situation before you sign any documents. It can be difficult or sometimes impossible to set aside a written agreement if you later realize that it does not meet your needs.

In many cases of separation and divorce, court is not required. As long as both of you are working towards a settlement that you can each live with, you will not have to go to court. Court appearances can be required in cases where one party refuses to provide financial disclosure or will not agree to a remedy to which the other person is legally entitled. The client always makes the final decision about whether or not to proceed with litigation after receiving advice regarding the potential benefits and risks. Our Family Law lawyers are highly skilled advocates with experience at all levels of Court in British Columbia.

Mediation is a commonly-used dispute resolution process which has a very high rate of success. Mediation can be attended by the parties to the dispute alone, or the parties along with each of their Family Law lawyers. This process is most likely to succeed once all of the relevant disclosure has been exchanged by the parties so that they are in a position to make an informed decision. All of our Family Law lawyers are experienced with assisting clients resolve disputes through mediation.