As experienced family lawyers, we can help support and guide you through the process without it ending up in court.
By exploring alternative dispute resolution methods, such as negotiation, mediation, and arbitration, we can help you come to amicable agreements that put you in the best position to move on with your lives.
Resolving Family Disputes with Spectrum Family Lawyers
Whether you’re just starting out together in a family relationship or working out how best to end one, the challenges are always significant when emotions run deep.
Disputes are common, and it can easily lead to long, drawn-out battles that involve litigation and court appearances.
Most families want to avoid the stress, complexity, and expense involved with this.
So, whether you’re looking to draw up an agreement that sets you up in marriage or an agreement that sets you up for a separate life after divorce, we can help you do it correctly.
As a well-established and trusted family law firm with offices in Calgary and Edmonton as well as Vancouver, the top-rated lawyers at Spectrum Family Lawcan guide you with our renowned expertise, compassion and experience.
Together, we will help you make sound decisions so that you can move forward with your family matters while protecting your financial and personal interests.
Another option is to appoint a qualified, independent mediator, who can help you reach a final agreement that is in both parties’ interests and avoids the matter going to court.
As well as saving on time and expense, mediation is generally a conciliatory process that reduces the stress of an adversarial court trial. It is often a better option for the children if it means that the parents remain on good terms and are cooperative with each other.
Bear in mind that it may take over a year for a divorce case to go to trial – sometimes up to three years. Arbitration is often a quicker alternative.
If you and your spouse are parting on amicable terms, working on a separation agreement can help you manage the separation process before it becomes official in the courts.
Many couples find that the divorce process can drag on. Meanwhile, they have a life to live and this can be challenging when you are still legally married, especially if there are children involved.
With a separation agreement, you and your spouse will work out temporary arrangements for the key matters involved, such as child custody, child support, spousal support, property division, debt payments, etc.
This can help you move on with your lives separately while still legally married, without worrying about how long your divorce will take.
Note that separation agreements must usually be drawn up by suitably qualified lawyers to be legally enforceable.
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
Prenups are not only for very wealthy individuals who are remarrying.
While that is the traditional perception of prenuptial agreements, more couples in Vancouver are now requesting them as they get married later in life, having already accumulated significant assets.
A prenup (or “postnup” if it is created after the marriage begins) protect your assets and help you and your spouse avoid a trial should your relationship break down.
With a prenuptial agreement, you and your spouse negotiate the terms of property and debt division, spousal support, matters involving children from a prior marriage, etc. usually with the guidance of a family lawyer
We can also help you challenge the terms of an existing prenuptial agreement if it was created unfairly.
We provide dispute resolution and litigation services across the entire spectrum of family law in BC, including:
Description: Our client (Dad) wanted to obtain an order for shared parenting. The mom had been restricted due to allegations of substance abuse. The child had been wrongfully withheld in another province by the opposing party. The opposing party had also made unfounded allegations of sexual assault of our client.
Result: We secured the return of the child from the opposing party and represented our client both on the criminal and family law side. Sexual assault charges were dropped and the client has now been the primary caregiver for the children for several years.
Child Custody Access, Matrimonial Property, and Restraining Order Case
Description: Opposing party (Mom) obtained an order for sole custody, day to day care of the children, exclusive possession of the matrimonial home and a restraining order against our client (Dad).
Result: Successful litigation in achieving our client’s stated objectives. Negotiated and modified the order for exclusive possession of the matrimonial home to allow our client (Dad) to exercise some or all of his access with the children, unsupervised at the matrimonial home and setting aside the restraining order.
A DEDICATED FAMILY LAW FIRM IN VANCOUVER
We are a boutique family law firm proudly providing our clients with the full spectrum of family law services relating to separation and divorce, helping you resolve disputes through collaborative law, negotiation, mediation, or litigation.
Located in Vancouver, we serve clients across all of British Columbia.
Family law is all that our Vancouver family lawyers do. With over 15 years’ experience, you can feel confident that you are getting the best legal counsel available in the city.
CLIENT CENTERED APPROACH
We put our clients first. That means fully understanding your individual needs and finding solutions that best meet these needs, within the framework of the law.
Family disputes are always difficult times for the parties involved. Calm guidance is often a welcome intervention. We provide measured legal advice that you can trust.
Regardless of the legal matter, we work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family.