Family Law

The breakdown of a spousal relationship or marriage is difficult for all involved.
You do not need to go through a separation or divorce on your own.

We have experience representing clients in the following matters:
  • Child guardianship and custody;
  • Parenting plans;
  • Child support;
  • Spousal support;
  • Division of assets;
  • Obtaining a divorce.
We can assist you by:
  • Answering your questions;
  • Advising you of your rights and obligations under the Family Law Act, Divorce Act, and other legislation;
  • Negotiating a settlement on your behalf, directly with other counsel or through mediation;
  • Drafting separation agreements;
  • Drafting prenuptial agreements or cohabitation agreements; and
  • Representing you in court.

Our approach is to first try to resolve matters without the need for a trial in front of a Judge. We use face-to-face meetings between both counsel and clients, mediations, judicial case conferences and family case conferences in attempts to reach negotiated agreements. However, there are times when a decision from a court is the best solution and we will vigorously represent our clients in court when needed.

Cohabitation Agreements

Family law is not only related to the breakdown of a relationship. At the beginning of a relationship, parties may want a written agreement to determine their affairs during their relationship and if the relationship should end. Some reasons for this are not wanting to have an argument if the relationship does not last, or making sure children from a previous relationship get a share of their parent’s estate. We can assist you by drafting a cohabitation or prenuptial agreement and a Will to give effect to these plans.

Mediation Process

Mediation is a process where two people attempt to resolve their disputes through negotiations while being assisted by a neutral, independent third party. Mark Burger is a family law mediator who provides mediation services for both family law and general litigation matters. Parties can mediate without counsel present or with counsel. If counsel is not present at the mediation, and if the parties reach agreement, each can seek their own independent legal advice prior to finalizing the agreement.

Mediation is an effective way to resolve matters arising out of a separation. It can often result in a quicker resolution at less cost than going through the court process. It is only effective if both parties are willing to approach mediation in a good faith attempt to come to an agreement and after full disclosure of financial information has been made by both parties.