Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I start?

The best place to start is to meet with a qualified family lawyer to obtain an opinion concerning your situation. To speak with one of our Toronto family law lawyers now, please call 416-218-8888, or e-mail

What are the benefits of retaining a small firm as opposed to a large firm?

We believe that we can provide the same or better level of service concerning family law issues at a more reasonable rate, as our overhead is lower than in larger firms. Our services are also generally more personalized.

Do you charge for a law clerk or legal assistant's time?

We do not charge for the time spent on your case by our legal assistants. In certain rare circumstances, the time spent working on your case by a law clerk might be charged.

How long does it take to get divorced?

Normally, you must be separated from your spouse for a year before you can get a divorce. In many circumstances, it is possible to resolve the other issues such as custody of and access to the children, child and spousal support, and property issues well before the year of separation is passed. In other cases, it might take longer to settle or resolve those issues.

Will the information that I provide remain confidential?

All of the information you provide to your lawyer will remain confidential.

I currently have a lawyer. How do I change lawyers?

Before changing lawyers, you need to decide that you would prefer to work with another lawyer. Once you make that decision, the process of changing lawyers is quite easy. Your new lawyer will likely have you sign a document called a "Direction" that will instruct your previous lawyer to transfer your documents to your new lawyer. If your matter is already in court, your new lawyer might have to prepare and deliver a document called a "Notice of change in representation" indicating that you have changed lawyers.

Do the lawyers at your firm have extensive court experience?

All of the lawyers in our firm have court experience, some more than others. Several of our lawyers have very extensive court experience.

Do Ontario courts have a gender bias? Are there benefits to hiring a male or a female lawyer?

We do not believe that there is any advantage to retaining a male lawyer or a female lawyer. The most important factors in retaining a lawyer are the competence of the lawyer and your comfort level in working with your lawyer.

Do you practice collaborative law? Do you offer mediation and/or arbitration?

We regularly engage and participate in mediation and arbitration. However, none of the lawyers at our firm is trained in collaborative law and we do not participate in that process. There are several reasons for our decision not to engage in collaborative law that we would be happy to discuss with you

Can you help me obtain a legal separation?

A separation occurs when one or both of the spouses decide that their marriage or cohabitation is at an end. Once that happens, our firm can help you resolve the issues that will arise from the separation. The spouses can still be in the same house but be considered separated.

What kinds of documents will I need to provide to obtain a divorce?

The documents we need depend on your particular circumstances but generally include the following: A copy of your marriage certificate, at least your three most recent income tax returns, and information about your finances and property holdings on the date of marriage and at separation (usually bank statements and credit card statements).

Do you accept Legal Aid? Do you offer a payment plan?

We generally do not accept legal aid certificates. However, exceptions can be made in appropriate circumstances. Payment arrangements should be discussed with the lawyer handling your case.

How much am I going to spend on my case? Why won't lawyers commit to a fixed cost?

The cost of your case will be highly dependent on how you and your spouse conduct yourselves, and what each of you wishes to achieve. It is possible for complicated cases to be resolved quickly and inexpensively when the parties are very cooperative. On the other hand, even relatively straightforward cases can become very costly if one or both of the parties conduct themselves in a difficult and oppositional manner.