Family Law

Agreements

We assist clients with the following agreements:

  • Cohabitation Agreements for common law couples
  • Marriage Contracts for married couples
  • Separation Agreements

We have long-standing experience in helping clients to achieve a resolution.

During an initial consultation we explain the options that are available for negotiating an agreement (i.e. lawyer-to-lawyer negotiations, collaborative negotiations, mediation, mediation/arbitration, court). We can help you find the right strategy to resolve your case.

Collaborative Law and the Collaborative Process

The collaborative process helps clients to achieve resolution better and faster. Respectful negotiations replace adversarial tactics. Mutual problem solving occurs, not win/lose. Legal expenses are lower because court is avoided.

Clients and their lawyers sign a participation agreement that sets out the rules so that the process runs smoothly. Clients may involve family and financial professionals to save time and expense and enhance resolution.

Most collaborative cases are resolved. If the process breaks down and a court case begins, the clients must retain new lawyers.

Click any of the links below for more information on the collaborative process:

International Association of Collaborative Professionals
Collaborative Practice Toronto
Collaborative Practice Durham Region
Ontario Collaborative Law Federation

Mediation

What is mediation?

  1. A neutral third party helps people to resolve a dispute.
  2. Before negotiations begin, the mediator interviews the parties to ensure that their case is appropriate for mediation.
  3. Negotiations are principled and interest-based, and are respectful, not adversarial and competitive.
  4. Mutual problem solving is the goal, not win-lose.
  5. The mediator does not provide legal advice.
  6. The parties obtain legal advice from their own lawyers during mediation.

Donna Babbs can advise you as you are going through mediation. Donna can provide legal advice, attend mediation sessions, or draft an agreement reached through mediation.

Court

We can assist you in the following ways if you have a court case:

  • Limited Scope or “Unbundled” Legal Services: We assist you with parts of your case. We can provide legal advice, help you with your court documents or attend court appearances.
  • Full court representation: We take on a limited number of full representation cases. If we cannot accept your case, we can provide referrals to other family law lawyers.
  • Uncontested divorces
  • Adoptions

Family Law Information

For more information about family law and Family Court, visit the following websites:

Law Society of Upper Canada
Justice Canada
Ministry of the Attorney General
Community Legal Information Ontario