Any breakdown of a relationship can be emotionally exhausting, and at the same time difficult and confusing. Dealing with complex financial matters, with careful decisions relating to child custody, property division, estate and trust issues, or sorting out new living arrangements to ensure a secure future is not an easy one.
At JMD, our lawyers are entrusted as both that of a guide and advocate, helping you understand the maze of rules that govern family and divorce law. We are here to assist you during this most critical phase, giving you the advice you need to evaluate your options and make informed decisions on your way forward.
We assist you with the following family law matters:
- All Financial issues and Implications related to Relationship Breakdown/Divorce proceedings
- Custody and Guardianship
- Property Division
- Spousal Support
- Estate and Trust issues
- Petitioning for Divorce/Separation agreements
- Asset Protection/Co-habitation agreements
As family law is changing, knowing your rights and obligations is the first step towards figuring how to resolve any family law matter. We’ll recommend what is right for you – mediation, collaboration, or advocacy depending on your circumstances. When necessary, we also resort to court intervention to ensure preservation of property and assets, to ensure personal safety or to make a decision when a matter cannot be resolved.
DIVORCES & SEPARATION
Every year thousands of couples decide not to live together anymore. The process of ending a relationship is not an easy one, and sometimes the best route forward is via a negotiated settlement. However, you have to be very careful in making major decisions that could affect in making your future secure.
We help you understand all the legal implications of separation, your rights and responsibilities, and how to get a divorce before you make any final decisions. A written, legal separation agreement can be agreed upon you and your former spouse stating all important issues as custody, guardianship, access and support, and how you will divide property. This can be then filed in the court or the FMEP (Family Maintenance Enforcement Program) who can monitor your agreement and enforce it if necessary.
We can also refer you to community services and programs that may be of help and act for you to resolve disagreements inside or outside the court.
We are members of the Prince George Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association and the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and are known for our legal abilities in the field of matrimonial law.