Adoption is the legal transfer of guardianship from a child’s former parents to the adoptive parents. At Sodagar Nielsen Law Group, our lawyers have an in-depth knowledge of family, agency, and step-parent adoptions. Family adoption usually occurs if a parent passes away or is unfit to raise a child. Step-parent adoption is defined by the adoption of the child by his or her step-parent. Lastly, agency adoption is when a child is adopted through a third party or adoption agency.
Hiring an experienced lawyer is critical to protect your rights and your adopted child's rights, throughout the process, and to help move the adoption along in an efficient manner.
Common-Law Relationships are relationships where parties are not married but cohabit in a "marriage like relationship". Common law partners have the same rights as married partners where they have cohabited for a period of 2 years in a "marriage like relationship".
Cohabitation agreements are agreements drafted between parties to remove the uncertainty and risks that may arise from a relationship breakdown. Cohabitation agreements can be made between individuals currently living together or those planning to be living together in the near future. It is a contract that outlines each party's rights and obligations, especially as it relates to property division and support, in the event of a relationship breakdown.
A cohabitation agreement may even be drafted after the parties have lived together for a period of 2 years, although most individual opt to have an agreement in place prior to the 2 year mark.
Marriage Agreements also referred to as Prenuptial Agreements
Marriage agreements, often also referred to as prenuptial agreements, are created in order to predetermine what happens in the event that a marriage comes to an end. In Canada the term used by the courts for married partners is a marriage agreement and not prenuptial agreement, because of the common misconception that a marriage agreement must be made prior to the marriage. In fact, a marriage agreement may be made at anytime before or during the marriage.
A marriage agreement harnesses a sense of security and confidence knowing that a plan is in place should the unlikely event occurs.
A separation agreement is an agreement to resolve disputes from a relationship breakdown and it may include terms related to parenting arrangements, property division, debt resolution, and child and spousal support. A separation agreement is usually the most cost effective way to resolve disputes as opposed to litigation. It also allows the parties to tailor a separation agreement best suited to their needs and their children's needs, rather than leave those decisions to be made by a judge .
Ending a relationship, through divorce or separation, is a daunting and stressful experience for the parties involved. We understand that many cases are time-sensitive and require precise navigation through the intricacies of the legal system. At Sodagar Nielsen Law Group, we place a special emphasis towards finding strategies that delivers results, either through alternative dispute resolution strategies or litigation.
Litigation involves court intervention to obtain a resolution. Litigation is particularly useful where there is a need to for swift and effective measures to address immediate issues of family violence or the risk of dissipation of assets. The litigation process also has built in mechanisms for discovery and disclosure from the the parties.
Most cases settle prior to trial. In part, because the parties are motivated to resolve their dispute once they have seen how difficult the litigation process can be both emotionally and financially.
As a result, we recommend litigation as a last resort in your family law dispute.
We are experienced litigators and we advocate on behalf of our clients to advance their interests in court
Mediation is common for spouses who seek an amicable resolution to their separation or divorce, outside of court. Ultimately, our goal is to arrive at a solution or agreement that satisfies our clients so that they will be able to move forward as quickly and easily as possible.
Child parenting disputes are sensitive matters as your child may be significantly affected by the process as well as the outcome. The courts are ultimately only concerned with the "bests interests of the child". We understand that the safety and security of any child involved in a custody dispute is of utmost concern. Our lawyers are determined to ensure that your child’s well-being is prioritized and that future conflict between parents or guardians are avoided. Our knowledge and extensive experience enables us to resolve the family conflict in a timely and pragmatic fashion. We provide you with support and information regarding your rights and options that address the best interests of your child.
Parents are responsible for supporting their children regardless of whether they physically see or care for them. Understanding the mechanics of child support and determining who is entitled to pay may be confusing, but our experienced team at Sodagar Nielsen Law Group will ensure that a fair outcome is achieved that prioritizes your child’s well-being.
Depending on the nature of your relationship, spousal support may be applicable with the higher income spouse usually paying support to the lower income spouse. At Sodagar Nielsen Law Group, we understand that each case is unique and requires client tailored advice . Our team will help you determine whether you are entitled to receive or pay spousal support and a fair amount and for what duration the support should be handed.
If the spouses cannot agree on child and/or spousal support payments, it is ultimately the courts that decide the appropriate amount and duration of support.