Nan Stevenson of Kuefler Stevenson Bennett is a senior legal practitioner and is well versed in family law. This is a complex area of law and people requiring these services are often struggling emotionally as well as financially. We endeavour to provide practical solutions that are in the best interests of all of the parties. Services include:
- Settlement Agreements – governed by the Matrimonial Property Act, the Family Law Act or the common law – typically dealing with property settlement, child and spousal support and a parenting plan.
- Divorce proceeds under the Divorce Act Canada, which is a Federal statute. If there is no settlement on the property prior to commencing the divorce action, then a Matrimonial Property Claim can be included in the Statement of Claim for Divorce.
- Pre-Marriage and Post-Marriage Contracts – Anyone with substantial assets that is contemplating a marriage or more likely a second marriage should consider entering into a pre-marriage agreement.
- Co-Habitation Agreements – these agreements are usually entered into by unmarried couples and are a good idea if one party has substantial assets that they want to protect in the event of a relationship breakdown.
Whenever a person is dealing with a family law or matrimonial matter, it is essential that both parties provide full financial disclosure with the appropriate backup. This is the case whether it is a relationship breakdown or a pre- or post-marriage contract.
It is also important that each party obtain their own independent legal advice to ensure that everyone is confident in their understanding of the contract details so as to prevent further conflict. We are able to provide that independent legal advice.