Ontario Separation Lawyer
When you’ve decided a legal separation is the right choice for you, an Ontario separation attorney can help. We can ensure your interests are looked after and make the process as painless as possible.
Almost no one goes into a marriage expecting it to end, but circumstances aren’t always in your control. Couples may decide to live apart and get a legal separation for a variety of reasons, all of which are unique to the couple’s situation.
If you’ve decided to separate from your spouse or domestic partner, an Ontario separation lawyer can help. Much will need to be decided, such as spousal support payments (often called legal separation payments), child custody and support issues, and the division of property and assets.
Attempting to handle all these issues on your own could leave you overwhelmed—and possibly overlooked. Sometimes, a third party can look after your interests better than you can, and a lawyer has the knowledge and experience to make this stressful time a little less traumatic.
Why Get a Legal Separation Instead of a Divorce?
Ontario couples commonly decide to get a legal separation instead of a divorce for one of several reasons:
- Sometimes, a couple’s religion doesn’t allow for divorce, so a legal separation can be a good option. A legal separation allows them to separate property and assets and work out child custody and child support arrangements, but they still remain legally married.
- Another advantage to a legal separation is that you are still entitled to certain benefits, such as pension payments that would go to a surviving spouse. If you and your spouse aren’t planning on remarrying, this may make a legal separation in Ontario the right choice for you.
- Couples often opt for a legal separation instead of a divorce because a legal separation can be undone, while a divorce is permanent. You may choose to get a legal separation while you are still deciding whether you wish to take the final step toward divorce.
What Are the Steps to Filing for Legal Separation in Ontario?
The first step to getting a legal separation is filing the necessary legal forms. Your separation lawyer in Ontario can assist you with the paperwork. You must then have your spouse “served” with the papers. After the papers are served, your spouse can either respond to the papers or not.
If your spouse does not contest the divorce and you both agree on marital issues, such as asset division and child custody, you’re pretty much done. If your spouse contests the divorce, however, then the steps could require further court involvement, including mediation, hearings, and more.
Call an Ontario Legal Separation Attorney
Deciding to legally separate from a spouse is a difficult decision to make. Whatever your reasons, you may want to enlist the help of a qualified family lawyer. Your attorney can help you file all of the necessary paperwork and ensure your interests are looked after.
If you have children, we can help with issues regarding child custody and child support, as well. Legal separation isn’t a fun situation to deal with, but the Law Office of Laurence J. Brock can make things a little easier.
Call us today at 909-466-7661 or fill out the form at the bottom of this page to schedule a consultation with an Ontario separation lawyer.