Separation Lawyers in Ontario
Guiding You Through Separation
Divorce is not the only option available to you and your spouse when you decide to end your marriage or relationship. The both of you may also choose to solely separate and not divorce. This means that you may decide to end your relationship without applying to the court for approval or without seeking the services of a divorce lawyer (unless it is necessary).
You may choose to divide your assets and decide on custody/access and support issues in an informal agreement or through the services of a lawyer, mediator, or arbitrator who will aide in the drafting of a more formal and final separation agreement.
Our separation lawyers serve all of Ontario, including Unionville, Richmond Hill, Woodbridge, Maple, Kleinberg, and Thornhill. We also help clients in Aurora, Newmarket, King City, and other surrounding areas in the York Region.
Call (905) 581-7222 to learn more about separation and your options.
What Does a Separation Agreement Cover?
A separation agreement may include specific arrangements related to:
Why Choose Separation Instead of Divorce?
There are many reasons why a couple may choose separation over divorce, such as because of religious reasons or to maintain certain financial benefits.
Separation can also be used as a way to try out what life would be like without your spouse. On the other hand, separating to save your marriage is also common.
Does Separation Usually Lead to Divorce?
Yes, but that doesn't necessarily mean that a separated couple will get divorced.
Some couples use separation to reconnect. Sometimes, couples just need some space to realize how much they want to be with each other.
Can You Remarry if You Are Separated?
No, you cannot marry someone else while separated from your spouse.
When one of you decides that you would like to remarry, a formal divorce order must be obtained. Once that is done, it is possible that all other corollary issues will be left alone and deference will be given to the arrangements arrived at, at the time of separation.
What if We Were Never Officially Married?
For couples that have never entered into a legally valid marriage, there is no formal process that must be followed upon the termination of the relationship. All that is essentially required is that you separate. If your relationship was of a relatively short duration, you can simply move out and take any belongings that you owned or acquired during the relationship with you.
If, on the other hand, the relationship was of a longer duration during which time you purchased numerous assets together (i.e. houses, cars, etc.) and had children, you may want to seek the services of an Ontario separation lawyer, mediator, or arbitrator to help you draft a separation agreement dealing with all the corollary issues relating to separation.
Serving Separating Spouses & Partners Across Ontario
Our Ontario family law firm serves those living in Toronto, Mississauga, Markham, Oakville, Vaughan, and the surrounding areas.
Andrew Feldstein Founder
Andrew Feldstein graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1992. Prior to focusing exclusively on family law, Andrew’s legal practice covered many different areas, including corporate commercial. One of Andrew’s fundamental objectives is to achieve those goals mutually and collaboratively, as set out by him and his client.
Daphna Schwartz Lawyer
Daphna Schwartz joined Feldstein Family Law Group, P.C. in 2007 as an associate lawyer. She was previously practising family law in the Barrie area. Her practice includes all areas of divorce and family law, including custody and access, child support, spousal support, and property issues. Daphna is also qualified to practise Collaborative Family Law.
Anna Troitschanski Lawyer
Anna Troitschanski joined the team at Feldstein Family Law Group, P.C. in 2012. Prior to that, she practised Family Law at a boutique Newmarket firm. Her experience covers all areas of divorce and family law, including custody and access, child support, spousal support, and division of property.
Nick Slinko Lawyer
Nick Slinko attended York University from 2003 until 2007 where he majored in both Law & Society and Philosophy. Nick graduated in 2007 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree. He proceeded to earn a Juris Doctor in Law at the University of Western Ontario in 2011. Nick was Called to the Bar in June of 2012 after completing his Articling term with the Feldstein Family Law Group, P.C. He became an associate with the firm immediately thereafter.
Veronica Yeung Lawyer
Veronica Yeung joined the Feldstein Family Law Group, P.C. as a summer student in 2014 and returned as an articling student in 2015. Following her call to the Ontario Bar in June 2016, Veronica was welcomed to the team as an associate lawyer.
Veronica attended York University for her undergraduate studies and graduated as a member of the Dean’s Honour Roll when she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Honours Criminology.
Shana Gordon-Katz Lawyer
Shana joined Feldstein Family Law Group P.C. as an articling student in 2017. Following her call to the Ontario Bar in June 2018, Shana was welcomed back to the firm as an associate. While completing her articles, Shana assisted with legal matters covering all areas of family law.
Shana attended the University of Western Ontario for her undergraduate studies, where she graduated as the gold medalist of her program, Honors Specialization in Classical Studies.
Rachel Zweig Lawyer
Rachel joined Feldstein Family Law Group P.C as a Summer Student in 2019 and returned as an Articling Student in 2020-2021. Following her Call to the Ontario Bar in April 2021, Rachel was welcomed back to the firm as an Associate.
Prior to completing her legal studies and obtaining her Juris Doctor at the University of Ottawa, Rachel obtained her Bachelor’s Degree at Ryerson University with a major in English Literature.
Lauren Harvey Associate Lawyer
Lauren joined Feldstein Family Law Group as a Summer Student in 2020 and returned as an Articling Student in 2021-2022. Following her Call to the Ontario Bar in April 2022, Lauren was welcomed back to the firm as an Associate.
Prior to completing her legal studies and obtaining her Juris Doctor at the University of Western Ontario, Lauren obtained her Honour’s Bachelor of Arts Degree at Wilfrid Laurier University majoring in Criminology and minoring in Law and Society.
Quinn Held Associate Lawyer
Quinn spent two years as a Summer Student and then completed her Articling term at a boutique Family Law firm in Orangeville, where she was exposed to various complex Family Law matters. Following her Call to the Bar of Ontario in June 2022, she became an Associate with the Feldstein Family Law Group.
Prior to obtaining her Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor, Quinn obtained her Honour’s Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Guelph majoring in Criminal Justice and Public Policy and minoring in International Development.