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Family Law Services

 

Consultations, Agreements and Contracts

It is often possible to avert family law disputes before they arise and avoid costly, and stressful litigation on breakdown of relationships. This can often be accomplished through contracts and agreements negotiated before cohabitation or marriage, but also, in some cases, at the time of relationship breakdown.  Agreements may deal with property, financial and parenting issues in an expedient manner that is satisfactory to both parties. Karen Tobin provides services drafting and negotiating contracts and agreements, and provides independent legal advice regarding the meaning of proposed terms of agreement and settlement and the legal consequences of family and family-like relationships.  It is helpful to understand the legal obligations and entitlements that arise as a consequence of family relationships.  Consultations are available at any stage of a relationship to provide clients with the information needed to form realistic expectations and to plan accordingly. 

  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements
  • Paternity Agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Independent Legal Advice

Collaborative Family Law

Collaborative Family Law is an out-of-court process of facilitated negotiation in which the parties to the relationship reach a mutually agreeable settlement in a respectful manner that preserves goodwill and enables continued co-parenting and communication. It may involve a team of collaboratively trained professionals including lawyers, family therapists and financial professionals. It is a family-focused process that aims to reduce the adverse impact of family dissolution. Karen Tobin is a collaboratively trained lawyer who provides representation in collaborative family law.

 

 

Child Protection Matters

Representation in matters involving a Children's Aid Society including Voluntary Service Agreements, Child Protection and Status Review proceedings.

 

Adoptions

Applications for Step-parent and Family Member Adoption and Independent Legal Advice.


Litigation

It is not always possible to resolve disputes out of court. When parties cannot come to a fair and reasonable agreement or one party refuses to negotiate, litigation may be necessary to secure your rights. Litigation services are provided in matters involving:

  • Custody and Access to Children and Related Issues
  • Property Claims
  • Support Claims
  • Divorce

Litigation Support for Self-Represented Litigants

For those who do not have a budget for representation, flexible arrangements are available to provide clients with litigation support services including:

  • Legal Advice on Consultation As Required
  • Drafting of Documents
  • Assistance with Drafting of Correspondence
  • Assistance with Settlement Negotiations
  • Occasional or Regular Court Attendances As Required
  • Coaching for Self-Representation in Interim Proceedings and Trials