Separation and divorce. These words may make you feel like your life is coming apart, bring anxiety, frustration, anger, disappointment and confusion about where your life is going and what the future holds. Above all, you want to know: How does it all work ? Where do I stand ? What about the kids? Who gets what ? How much will it cost? These can be difficult and often emotional issues.

I can help answer these questions, and guide you through the process of resolving the issues which arise when a relationship breaks down, including child custody, access, child and spousal support, and the division or equalization of property. And, when you are faced with a court proceeding, I can provide you with effective representation to advocate on your behalf while never losing sight of the importance of negotiation and settlement.

Where to go next ?

This website contains links to resources which will provide you with basic information to start you along the road to resolving the issues which you may face as the consequence of the breakdown of your relationship. The resources serve as background information only. The next step is to understand your options and where you stand as a matter of law. You can schedule an appointment with my office for a consultation to review your particular circumstances, and obtain an understanding of your rights and the options available to you.


In the process of separating, and in the midst of a court proceeding, you're looking for certainty and long-lasting solutions which will help you find your way to a better future. I have offered advice to hundreds of people who have found themselves in the same situation as you, and helped them to find realistic solutions on important issues in Family Law. I will take the time listen and understand your needs, treat you fairly and with respect. I will address your issues in a timely and competent manner, thoroughly explain your options and the alternative approaches to settlement, including mediation and Collaborative Law. I will provide you with the sound legal advice you need in order to make the right decisions for you and your family. I offer initial one-hour consultations to answer your questions, explain your legal rights and obligations, and set out your options. The time spent will provide you with a better sense of direction and an understanding of the steps necessary to bring about a resolution of the issues.

Call to book a consultation at 519-533-1800. I look forward to helping you.

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