You might not want to litigate your family law matter in court because it could have negative effects on the viability of your business. This is because court matters are public record and court documents filed by the parties can be accessed by anyone.
To bring a family law matter before a court, the party seeking relief is required to disclose relevant financial information and provide supporting documentation upon filing an application. This triggers the court process, requiring the responding party to make similar disclosure. These documents form part of the... MORE »
Collaborative Practice Family Law offers an effective alternative to the inherently adversarial court process. Both parties must enter into the process voluntarily, and agrees to resolve their issues respectfully. While the court process is oriented toward the legal rights and obligations of both parties, the collaborative process allows both parties to generate options that best suit their family. This allows the family much more self-determination in creating an outcome based on their specific needs.
One of the key elements of collaborative practice is the voluntary sharing of full and frank disclosure... MORE »
In marriage and common-law relationships, the value of your business may be appraised and divided on separation, where the parties cannot agree on terms of division. In exceptional circumstances, the court will appoint a business administrator to handle the business, or shares will be given to the spouse who does not have legal title to the business and who is owed a payment. This can have a significant impact on your business’ reputation as you will not be in complete control of your business.
To avoid assigning control of your business... MORE »
A family law lawyer can help you save your family business by giving it priority during interest-based collaborative negotiations.
In many family law matters involving children, the spouses are able to agree to cooperate in order to address the best interests of the children. In many ways, a family business can be used as a similar incentive: spouses can agree to cooperate in order to address the best interests of the family business.
While fueling conflict is an almost unavoidable side effect of the court system, a collaborative approach is a very... MORE »