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Family Law Agreements

When formalizing your relationship, we understand it is important to you that your interests and wealth are protected as a precautionary measure. We can help you establish a bulletproof contract, with the goal of avoiding any future conflicts, legal costs, and the unpredictability of a negative outcome.

Family law agreements can promote a sense of security and transparency, as well as create a peace of mind by outlining a joint vision for your future. In case of separation, a family law agreement can help avoid judicial intervention and litigation down the road.

We will guide you through how to structure an agreement that protects your interests and assets in the areas of property management, ownership and division, rights and obligations of parties, family maintenance, and support.

As your lawyer we can only represent one party. Your spouse or partner will need to seek the advice of an independent lawyer, so as to ensure their interests are also well represented. However, during our work together you can discuss the procedures and work in progress with your spouse to ensure they consent to the proposed agreements and are comfortable signing off.


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Types of Agreements

Cohabitation Agreement

A cohabitation agreement is for common law couples who would like to benefit from similar rights and liabilities as a marriage in terms of spousal support, child support, and entitlements to family property. The agreement may outline what will happen during the relationship, such as how household expenses will be covered, and what will happen in case of separation. For example, the agreement may outline how the property is to be divided and whether there will be a financial support for one of the partners should they wish to separate.

Prenuptial Agreement

Also known as a prenup or a marriage contract, you and your soon-to-be spouse can outline your obligations for the marriage in the event the marriage ends. In addition to promoting transparency and creating peace of mind, prenuptial agreements are typically set in place to protect financial wealth by outlining a joint vision for your financial future.

Postnuptial Agreement

Similar to a prenuptial agreement, a postnuptial agreement is simply executed after you are married.

Separation Agreement

A separation agreement can help avoid future conflict during the hardships of separation by providing a framework for child support, spousal support, parenting, and the division of property. This kind of agreement allows you to have more control in decision-making with your interests in mind over a potential court ruling on the divorce judgment.

How It Works

Initial Meeting

Regardless of the agreement you choose, we start with a meeting in-person over the phone or online to discuss the process and possible direction for your family law agreement.

Collecting Information

Once we decide on which agreement you would like to proceed with, we will send you a questionnaire to gather the necessary information. The questionnaire will also walk you through the different components of the agreement to make sure we leave no stone unturned. We will then meet again to review your circumstances and finalize the direction for the agreement.

Drafting the Agreement

Once we have decided the best approach for you, we will take some time to draft your agreement. When the agreement is complete, we will send it over to you for review. After we have your approval, we will send it to your spouse or partner (and his or her lawyer) for review and signing.

Signing

Once your spouse or partner and their lawyer agree to the fairness of the agreement we will meet to sign the 4 original agreements, one for each party and lawyer.

Fees
Family Law Agreements
Amicable Cohabitation Agreement or Marriage Contract $1495 (No Children) or $1995 (With Children)
Amicable Separation Agreement $1495 (No Children) or $1995 (With Children)
Independent Legal Advice $500 (No Children) or $600 (With Children)

The flat rate does not include GST, disbursements and extra services.

*50% discount applies to the initial hourly consultation.

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Anna Dunaeva DLegal
Lawyer & Notary
Anna Dunaeva

Anna perpetually works to surpass her clients' expectations. Through continuous communication, Anna delivers on her commitment to keep clients at the centre of her practice.

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