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Divorce or relationship breakdown is always a stressful and emotional time. You will have important decisions to make about your future, your children, your finances and maybe even your business. A qualified and experienced divorce or family law lawyer can advise you about your rights and help to guide you through a difficult time. We can work with you to achieve the best outcome for you and your family..
In addition to assisting with divorce and separation, we can also help with other family law issues, including pre-marital agreements (prenuptial agreements or marriage contracts), post-marital (or postnuptial agreements) for couples who have already married, and cohabitation agreements for couples who live together outside of marriage.
Cross-border and International Disputes
The reality of our interconnected world is that in many families, spouses have resided or have assets in multiple countries. When marriages or relationships breakdown and spouses reside in different countries, or have property outside of Ontario, the issues can become exceptionally complex. A lawyer experienced in international family law can help you to understand the divorce laws and process of separating assets in different countries and territories, while at the same time advising you on the best way to protect your interests. We regularly assist Canadian and overseas clients with a range of divorce, matrimonial and family law matters.
Where spouses reside in different provinces or countries, early advice is essential to ensure that the most suitable jurisdiction is secured. In these international divorce cases, there is often a “race” to issue proceedings in different countries. In these cases, assuming that the grounds to proceed (such as residency) exist in both countries, the case will be heard in the first court in which proceedings are issued. This can have a dramatic impact upon the eventual financial settlement. An international divorce lawyer experienced in international family law can help.
We can advise you about the prospects of your case in Ontario and the advantages (or disadvantages) of proceeding in this jurisdiction. Whether you elect to proceed in Ontario or elsewhere, we can assist you in your case, often by co-ordinating efforts through our extensive network of international legal contacts.