Barrie: (705) 727-4242
Newmarket: (289) 319-0634

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"Do It Yourself" Divorce/Separation

Do you want to represent yourself in your separation/divorce? Makes sense. You can save a lot of money. But you aren’t a lawyer. It can be a bit scary. We can support you in a variety of ways.

  • We can draft documents for you but you go to court on your own thus saving you money. 
  • We can offer legal advice and coaching in the background but you do the direct negotiations, participate in the mediation on your own or represent yourself in court. 
  • We can go to court with you for just one or two steps in the process but you don’t retain us for the whole process.

Whatever help you need, we can craft a plan that will give you a leg up and save you money.

A clearly worded limited-purpose retainer agreement is critical to ensure that we, at Galbraith Family Law, know our responsibilities and you know your responsibilities. Together, we agree what services will be provided. You aren’t signing a blank cheque for legal fees. You are getting the answers to your questions so that you can do your best. Lawyers call this “unbundled services”. We call it help. 

We can help you understand the process options, review & court procedure, ensure that you meet filing deadlines, help you develop a compelling legal argument for court, mediation or negotiations, and advise you as to the likely range of outcomes. We can suggest the evidence you need and guide you through the maze of the law. We will provide you with the support you need and you set the limits. 

Of course, it is always best to retain a lawyer to represent you throughout your process but that’s not always possible. Now there is an alternative to doing everything on your own.

When you are ready, please call us in Barrie at 705-727-4242 or Newmarket at 289-319-0634 or Request a Consultation with one of our laywers.

Request a Consultation

Join us for a 1-hour consultation. We will answer questions regarding your legal rights, obligations and options so that you can make informed decisions about your future. You'll feel more confident and better prepared as you move forward.


quote-leftGalbraith Family Law was very compassionate, friendly and efficient in processing my divorce. They let me know up front what might happen and kept me informed at every step. Great people to work with.right

- Cynthia Benoit, Barrie

quote-leftBrian really worked for the best interests of not only me but my children as well, to help us all cope with the separation and divorce. quote-right

- Angelique Stewart, Orillia

Contact Us

Barrie Office:
124 Dunlop Street West
Barrie, ON L4N 1B1
Phone: (705) 727-4242
Newmarket Office:
1195 Stellar Drive, Unit 4
Newmarket, ON L3Y 7B8
Phone: (289) 319-0634

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