Whether it’s a happy occasion like a step-parent adoption or a more difficult occasion like a divorce, a visit to Family Court can come with stress and uncertainty.
At Galbraith Family Law, we work hard to remove that stress and uncertainty for our clients and help ensure that their – and their children’s – rights are protected.
We want to make your experience with Family Court as simple and easy for you as possible. You can count on us to keep you informed throughout the process and to always act in your best interest.
Our extensive experience and Family Court knowledge help us deliver strategic, practical solutions for your divorce, child custody, spousal support and other family law matters.
Call (705) 302-1102 (Barrie) or (289) 802-2433 (Newmarket) or click here to schedule a consultation and learn much more about how we can help you.
What is Family Court?
Family Court refers to a wide range of domestic and family-related legal matters that often include divorce and resulting issues related to divorce – like separation agreements, parenting agreements, child custody, spousal support, child support, division of property and more.
Family Court can also deal with agreements before marriage, like pre- and post-marital agreements, and with step-parent adoptions, which are the most common form of adoptions done today.
When we represent you in Family Court, our lawyers work tirelessly to ensure you get the best possible outcome for your case. We understand that family law issues can affect the rest of your life, and that’s why we will stand by your side and fight for you with integrity and honesty.
Our years of experience with the family law court system works to your benefit. Our legal team can help you through many complex family law issues thanks to the knowledge and experience we have accumulated over the years.
Call (705) 302-1102 (Barrie) or (289) 802-2433 (Newmarket) or click here to schedule a consultation.
What Are the Most Common Issues That are Settled in Family Court?
Amounts can depend on the income of each party as well as the number of children and how much time they spend with each parent. The court will also consider special circumstances and may deviate from the written guidelines.
If you have a special situation, our lawyer can work on your behalf to influence changes within the written child support guidelines.
Basically, until there is a written agreement or court order in place, both parents have equal custody rights.
It’s important, if you feel your child custody may be contested, to get a legal agreement or order as soon as possible. We can break down and simplify the process for you so that you can get agreement or order as fast as possible.
Under the law, no preference is given to either parent – decisions are guided by the best interests of the child. To determine the best environment for the child, the court may consider testimony from witnesses like child psychologists, family members, teachers and child custody evaluators.
Division of Property
As with many things in a divorce, this depends on a number of factors, including whether the split is amicable or contested.
In cases where the divorce is amicable, the division of property can often be done outside of the courtroom with the partners and their lawyers coming to an agreement that is welcomed by both sides.
In contested divorces, division of property can be a much lengthier and more complex process. In either case, it is good to have knowledgeable experts, like our family law lawyers, on your side making sure your best interests are being looked after.
No, spousal support isn’t automatic for either party during divorce proceedings.
Usually, the spouse with a lower income will request to be granted spousal support by the court. Whether you are requesting spousal support or being asked to pay spousal support, this is where the help of a knowledgeable lawyer can pay dividends.
Our experts can help guide you, simplifying the process and ensuring that you take the steps that will best serve your interests.
Our lawyers can make sure the proper paperwork is filled out and filed and we can also explain the specific laws and help you navigate through the process from initial filing to finalization of the adoption.
If you are interested in completing step-parent adoption, the family law experts at Galbraith Family Law can provide experienced representation.
The agreement can be as detailed or simple as you and the other parent would like it to be. Basic information that is typically included in the agreement include custody and visitation schedule, along with alternating holidays it that is being done, financial responsibilities other than child support, transportation, medical decisions, educational decisions and any other life decisions that one or both of the parents deem important.
If you and the co-parent have conflicts over parts of the agreement or you just want to make sure everything is spelled out correctly, a skilled lawyer from Galbraith Family Law can help.
Why Do I Need a Family Court Lawyer?
Family law matters often do not begin and end in the courtroom. Whether you’re going through a separation or a child custody dispute, a successful outcome begins with thorough preparation for what’s to come. Our legal team will walk you through the process and let you know what to expect. We will ensure you’re treated with honesty and fairness, and will work only in the best interests of you and your child.
Call (705) 302-1102 (Barrie) or (289) 802-2433 (Newmarket) or click here to schedule a consultation. Our legal team has extensive experience protecting the family law rights of people just like you!