Our Practice Areas
The lawyers at Ballantyne Family Law have extensive experience in all areas of family law. We work closely with our clients to understand their unique family situations. As skilled negotiators and litigators, our experienced team of family lawyers focuses on protecting our client’s interests at every step of the legal process.
Cohabitation Agreements & Marriage Contracts
Cohabitation agreements and marriage contracts can include provisions dealing with the following issues:
- Spousal support (known in other jurisdictions as alimony or maintenance payments)
- Joint property rights
- Division of property
- Terms upon death
- Debt responsibility
- Possession of the matrimonial or family home
- Excluded property
It is important for you to be aware of your rights and obligations before you start your life with a new partner. Our family law lawyers will help you negotiate a fair and reasonable agreement that works for both you and your spouse. We will work with you to understand what is required from both partners to ensure that your contract is fully enforceable in the event of a separation.
The separation agreement will also deal with the transfer or sale of the matrimonial home, and the sharing of assets such as real estate, investments, pensions, life insurance, and other assets.
Our family lawyers are collaboratively trained and will work productively with your spouse’s lawyer to come up with a fair and reasonable agreement. We consider litigation to be a last resort.
We will ensure you obtain all the information you need to make informed decisions, advise you on all available options, and think of creative ways to meet your needs and the needs of your children.
Although we prefer a collaborative approach, we can effectively represent and advocate for you in litigation or arbitration as required.
Child & Spousal Support
We will help you ensure that your children’s financial needs are met and help you determine your entitlement to spousal support so that you can plan for the future.
If you are a common-law spouse, you are not entitled to “equalization” of property, but there are common law property claims that you might be able to make, such as trust claims and claims based on “joint family venture.”
The lawyers at Ballantyne Family Law can help you navigate this complicated area of family law.
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