Family Law

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Family Law

Family Law

Marital breakdown and changes in the family structure can be a trying and difficult time. Our lawyers have over 30 years of experience in getting results for clients through negotiation, mediation, dispute resolution and Court proceedings. We have been helping families heal and move forward in all aspects of family law, including:

  • Child custody and access
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Division of Assets
  • Pension Law
  • Separation/Divorce
  • Child Protection Proceedings
  • Alternatives to Court

Separation Agreements

The Separation Agreement is a binding contract that is there to help you set out how you should deal with marital breakdown. Most couples can do this through negotiation conducted by one of our solicitors or through a third party mediator who rate can be set according to your income level, if you qualify for subsidized mediation. At the end of the separation, you are granted an uncontested divorce.

Child Support

Child Support is the right of the child, and we are here to help you get results for your children. We can help you determine how much Child Support is payable using the Child Support Guidelines. We can also assist you if a claim for retroactive Child Support is brought against you in Court, or help you to bring a claim for retroactive Child Support for unpaid Support. An important part of Child Support which many clients do not know about are “Section 7 Expenses” or support paid in addition to “Table Support” for “special” or “extraordinary” expenses such as daycare, extracurricular activities, and post-secondary education. It’s important that you find out what your rights and obligations are, whether you are the Child Support payer or recipient.

Spousal Support

Spousal support amounts can be even more difficult to resolve than child support. There are Suggested Spousal Support Guidelines, which are based on a slightly complicated formula and calculated as ranges rather than a set amount. Contact a lawyer at Neal & Mara to help you navigate the complicated legal waters in determining the appropriate level payable by or owing to you.

At Neal & Mara, you have the ability to select from several experienced counsel and support staff at different hourly rates to meet your needs, timelines and your budgets.We also offer “unbundled” legal services to assist you in preparing your own Court documents to represent yourself at various stages in proceedings.
Please note that for any Court appearance, please contact our office at least two weeks before your scheduled Court date. We also accept Legal Aid Certificates in Family Law.


Contact us now to set up a family law consultation!