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FAMILY LAW MATTERS WE REPRESENT

YOUR CHILDREN

YOUR CHILDREN

Custody, including access to information and decision making regarding your children
Access and parenting schedules, including supervised access
Grandparent rights

Separation & Divorce

Separation & Divorce

In cases of divorce or separation, we assist clients with:
• Custody, Access and Child Support
• Spousal Support
• Equalization of Property including pensions and shareholdings
• Variation of Agreements and Court Orders

YOUR PROPERTY

YOUR PROPERTY

Property division and the equalization of net family property
Exclusive possession of the matrimonial home and occupation rent

YOUR SAFETY

YOUR SAFETY

Exclusive possession of the matrimonial home
Restraining Orders

YOUR FINANCIAL SECURITY

YOUR FINANCIAL SECURITY

Child support and the sharing of expenses (sometimes called "special and extraordinary expenses")
Spousal support
Arrears of support and/or retroactive support applications
Representation in Family Responsibility Office enforcement proceedings

UNCONTESTED DIVORCES

UNCONTESTED DIVORCES

Preparing, serving, and filing divorce papers where the parties agree to the divorce

The process we employ to achieve a fair and reasonable result for our client is decided upon on a case by case basis.
The process may include direct negotiation, mediation, arbitration or court. Our intention is to select a process that best meets the client’s needs in a timely and cost effective manner.

YOUR FUTURE

  • Varying existing court Orders and agreements (“Motions to Change”)
  • International travel with children following separation
  • Moving with children following separation
  • Foreign divorce opinion letters
  • DOMESTIC CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS
  • Independent Legal Advice
  • Separation Agreements

MARRIAGE CONTRACTS & COHABITATION AGREEMENTS

In Ontario, when a married couple separates, their property is divided between them in a process known as equalization.

The equalization process is set out in the Family Law Act.

 

The definition of “property” is broad and includes “any interest, present or future, vested or contingent, in real or personal property”.  The definition of “excluded property”, which you do not have to share, is narrow and you must be careful to ensure excluded property is included.

What does this mean for married couples?

It means that all married couples already have a “prenup” – the law in place that sets out what happens to your property when they separate.  As soon as you get married, you “opt in” to this process. 

 

Under the terms of this “prenup”, you may have to:

Share the entire value of the home you loved in during your marriage, even if you owned it on the date of marriage.

Share the value of a business you built during the marriage (in addition to paying support from your ongoing business income).

 

Share an inheritance or gift that you received from a third party during the marriage if you are not careful.

I do not want to share my property with my spouse.

The good news? There is a way to contract out of the Family Law Act.

 

The bad news? You need to get your own prenup.

A prenup, or “marriage contract” as they are called in Ontario, sets out your wishes for what you want to happen if a separation occurs.  It lets you and your spouse decide – instead of relying on a general law – what the terms of your separation will be.  And discussing these terms before a separation occurs means two people who want what is best for each other – instead of two people hurting and angry after a separation – get to decide the terms.

How do I get started?

Talking to your spouse is the first step – and we know it is not always easy.

 

We also know you have questions about the process, costs, and more. Start by scheduling a complimentary consultation with one of our family lawyers. Do not go through the process alone.  A lawyer plays an important role making sure your prenup is valid and enforceable, so if a separation occurs, you know its terms will be followed.

CHILD PROTECTION - F.A.C.S.

Family and Child Services is also known as F.A.C.S, a society that is responsible for investigating reports or evidence of abuse, including cases involving children that are “at risk” of experiencing abuse, physically, sexually, emotionally or through neglect or abandonment.

 

A children’s aid society can become involved with your family by starting a court proceeding, or they may become involved with your family outside of court. In either situation, it is very important that you speak with a lawyer as soon as possible to know your rights. 

 

You should never sign anything without having a lawyer review it first.

 

If you and your family are involved with a children’s aid society, your first interaction will be with a social worker.  It is important to know your rights, whether you are a parent or a caregiver (such as a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or sibling). Sometimes the social worker or society has the wrong information, or they might be over-reacting to a situation. 

You may disagree with the decisions of the children’s aid society.  They may request that you engage in community-based services (such as parenting classes or counselling), or, in more serious cases, they may remove your children from your care and place them with extended family members or in foster care (also known as “apprehension” or “brought to a place of safety”). 

Involvement with the Society Outside of Court

The children’s aid society may determine that your matter can be resolved without the necessity of starting a court proceeding. Child protection agencies sometimes negotiate out-of-court agreements with families about the care of children, such as the following types of arrangements:

A voluntary care agreement

A customary care agreement (an agreement for the care and supervision of a First Nation child by a person who is not the child’s parent, according to the custom of the child’s First Nation community)

A temporary care agreement

If a children’s aid society is involved with your family outside of court, we can help you by providing advice and negotiating the terms of agreements.

Starting a Court Proceeding

The children’s aid society may determine that the seriousness of their child protection concerns cannot be resolved outside of court. In such a case, they will start a court proceeding.  We can help you by attending court with you, preparing court documents, bringing, and replying to motions (such as a temporary care and custody hearing), participating in settlement negotiations, and representing you at a trial.

Adoption

Have you ever considered adopting a child? At Protomanni & Associates, our child adoption lawyers are willing to help you make sure that you are providing the best home for the child and making sure that you can spend the rest of your life with your child. Adopting a child is a lifelong commitment that you want to make your get right the first time. We help you make sure that all your paper work is completed correctly and that you get the best out come possible.

Patricia Novomestsky treats ever adoption matter with compassion, experience, and a dedication to helping you identify the best possible option for the resolution of your child adoption matter.

What is Child Adoption?

Adoption provides a legal means for someone to permanently take on the responsibility of caring for and raising a child. If you are thinking about adopting your need to decide if you are ready to give a child a nurturing and loving home for the foreseable furture. You also need to make sure that you ahve the means to take on the responsibilits of supporting and raising a child. There are four main types of adoption which will be descibed more below:

  • Public Adoption: All Public Adoption are handeled by your local Children’s Aid Society who will help you through the process of becoming an adoptive parent and matching you with a child. Once you have completed your probation period you will need to finalize the adoption in an Ontario Court. If you need assitance finalizing your adoption, contact our Child Adoption Lawyers today who will be happy to assist you.
  • Private Adoption: Private Adoption is the exact same procedure as a public adoption except that you would get in contact with a private adoption practitioner to help your gather information about the adoption process and to help your finalize the adoption through the court.
  • International Adoption: The qualifications and initial process of internation adoption is similar to public adoption except you will need to contact an Ontario licensed international adoption aency. Once you have been matched you will need to travel to the child’s country and complete the necessary steps for adoption in the child’s country. You will then make an application for Citizenship in Canada.
  • Adopting a stepchild or kinship: If you would like to adopt a step-child or a relative like a neice or grandchild living in Ontario you will nee to make an application to the Court requesting a adoption Order. This is the crucial time when you would want to contact a lawyer. You want to make sure that you are doing everything right the first time so that it can be more cost effective for you and so that you can make this child yours sooner. Contact Protomanni & Associates today and our Child Adoption Lawyers will be happy to assist you.

YOUR FUTURE

  • Varying existing court Orders and agreements (“Motions to Change”)
  • International travel with children following separation
  • Moving with children following separation
  • Foreign divorce opinion letters
  • DOMESTIC CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS
  • Independent Legal Advice
  • Separation Agreements

MARRIAGE CONTRACTS & COHABITATION AGREEMENTS

In Ontario, when a married couple separates, their property is divided between them in a process known as equalization.

The equalization process is set out in the Family Law Act.

The definition of “property” is broad and includes “any interest, present or future, vested or contingent, in real or personal property”.  The definition of “excluded property”, which you do not have to share, is narrow and you must be careful to ensure excluded property is included.

What does this mean for married couples?

It means that all married couples already have a “prenup” – the law in place that sets out what happens to your property when they separate.  As soon as you get married, you “opt in” to this process. 

Under the terms of this “prenup”, you may have to:

Share the entire value of the home you loved in during your marriage, even if you owned it on the date of marriage.

Share the value of a business you built during the marriage (in addition to paying support from your ongoing business income).

Share an inheritance or gift that you received from a third party during the marriage if you are not careful.

I do not want to share my property with my spouse.

The good news? There is a way to contract out of the Family Law Act.

The bad news? You need to get your own prenup.

A prenup, or “marriage contract” as they are called in Ontario, sets out your wishes for what you want to happen if a separation occurs.  It lets you and your spouse decide – instead of relying on a general law – what the terms of your separation will be.  And discussing these terms before a separation occurs means two people who want what is best for each other – instead of two people hurting and angry after a separation – get to decide the terms.

How do I get started?

Talking to your spouse is the first step – and we know it is not always easy.

We also know you have questions about the process, costs, and more. Start by scheduling a complimentary consultation with one of our family lawyers. Do not go through the process alone.  A lawyer plays an important role making sure your prenup is valid and enforceable, so if a separation occurs, you know its terms will be followed.

CHILD PROTECTION - F.A.C.S.

Family and Child Services is also known as F.A.C.S, a society that is responsible for investigating reports or evidence of abuse, including cases involving children that are “at risk” of experiencing abuse, physically, sexually, emotionally or through neglect or abandonment.

A children’s aid society can become involved with your family by starting a court proceeding, or they may become involved with your family outside of court. In either situation, it is very important that you speak with a lawyer as soon as possible to know your rights. 

You should never sign anything without having a lawyer review it first.

If you and your family are involved with a children’s aid society, your first interaction will be with a social worker.  It is important to know your rights, whether you are a parent or a caregiver (such as a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or sibling). Sometimes the social worker or society has the wrong information, or they might be over-reacting to a situation. 

You may disagree with the decisions of the children’s aid society.  They may request that you engage in community-based services (such as parenting classes or counselling), or, in more serious cases, they may remove your children from your care and place them with extended family members or in foster care (also known as “apprehension” or “brought to a place of safety”). 

Involvement with the Society Outside of Court

The children’s aid society may determine that your matter can be resolved without the necessity of starting a court proceeding. Child protection agencies sometimes negotiate out-of-court agreements with families about the care of children, such as the following types of arrangements:

A voluntary care agreement

A customary care agreement (an agreement for the care and supervision of a First Nation child by a person who is not the child’s parent, according to the custom of the child’s First Nation community)

A temporary care agreement

If a children’s aid society is involved with your family outside of court, we can help you by providing advice and negotiating the terms of agreements.

Starting a Court Proceeding

The children’s aid society may determine that the seriousness of their child protection concerns cannot be resolved outside of court. In such a case, they will start a court proceeding.  We can help you by attending court with you, preparing court documents, bringing, and replying to motions (such as a temporary care and custody hearing), participating in settlement negotiations, and representing you at a trial.