Vaughan Separation Lawyers
An Alternative Solution to Divorce
If you and your spouse cannot reconcile your differences, but do not wish to get divorced, there is another option: a legal separation. To obtain this you will need a separation agreement, which is a legally binding contract between you and your spouse at the time of your separation. This contract will include information pertaining to each spouse’s rights regarding child custody, access, child support, spousal support, and asset and property division.
Separation agreements do not necessarily need to be drafted by a separation lawyer in Vaughan; however, it is helpful to consult with one as you may not have the best understanding of the law and what is and is not enforceable in court.
The Difference Between Separation and Divorce
A separation is when two people are married and decide to separate by no longer living together or being together as a couple. Separation does not end a marriage.
To be divorced, the court must officially end your marriage.
What Is Required in a Separation Agreement?
The following information is required when drafting a separation agreement:
- The legal name of each spouse.
- The date of separation.
- Which parent the child(ren) will live with.
- Who will have custody of the child(ren).
- Who will have access to the child(ren).
- What the parenting schedule will look like.
- How much child support is necessary and when payments will end.
- If spousal support is necessary and how long it will continue.
- What will happen to the marital home.
- How additional property will be divided.
- Who is responsible for debt.
- How you will split your pensions and/or retirement accounts.
The decisions you make when creating this agreement will impact you and your family’s lives. As this contract is binding, it would be beneficial to speak with an experienced separation lawyer in Vaughan to ensure your interests are considered and included when drafting the document.
You will not need to seek a divorce until one spouse wishes to remarry. For couples who did not enter into a valid marriage, no legal steps are needed to terminate the relationship. If you have assets and property together, you may want to seek the support of a lawyer, mediator, or arbitrator, to assist you with a separation agreement to determine how these will be distributed.
When Will a Court Refuse to Recognize a Separation Agreement?
Courts may refuse your separation agreement if:
- The agreement’s terms are not in the best interest of your child(ren).
- One spouse did not accurately disclose information relating to assets, property, and/or debts.
- The agreement is one-sided and unfair.
Take the First Step and Call Today!
If you are considering a separation agreement and would like to discuss your options with an experienced Vaughan separation lawyer, contact our office today. We offer a free consultation for your convenience. With over 30 years of legal experience, we have the skills and knowledge you would expect from your family law firm of choice.
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.