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By: Family Law Office  09-12-2011
Keywords: Collaborative Family Law

Family Law Services We Provide We provide effective, economical legal representation in all areas of family law, including:
  • Separation Agreement s
  • Pre-nuptial Agreements and Cohabitation Agreements
  • Divorce (including recognition of foreign divorces)
  • Spousal support (alimony) and child support, including variations
  • Property division and equalization
  • Domestic violence and restraining orders
  • Children's Aid Society cases
  • Collaborative Family Law

Please note that we do NOT deal with collection matters, due to the large volume of
fraudulent requests that we receive. Fees and Payment Options: For ongoing cases, we take a retainer (deposit).  We will let you know how much of a retainer
will be required during the consultation.  No retainer is required for stand-along support
services or consultations, but payment is expected at the end of the appointment.For your convenience, we accept payments by Visa, Mastercard, and Interac.Legal Aid is accepted by our associate Linda Wilson. Stand-alone ('Unbundled") Child and Spousal Support Services While full legal representation is the ideal, the reality is that the cost of going to court to deal
with child or spousal support can sometimes exceed the amount of the support paid!  This is
particularly true where neither party is a high income earner.For those situations, we also offer these alternatives to full legal representation in support
  • DIVORCEmate support calculation consultation: providing you with a detailed printout
    of child or spousal support calculations, based upon the Child Support Guidelines and
    Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines, using the leading authoritative software .   Ideal
    for clients who need to accurately determine annual adjustments for changes in
    income, child- related expenses, etc.

  • Court Document Preparation for those representing themselves in support variation

Consultations We generally recommend that you allow up to 1.5 hours for an initial, comprehensive
consultation.  There is no charge for the first half hour of the consultation.During the consultation, we will:
  • get an overview of your situation
  • see what issues you need to address immediately
  • review your options, including alternatives to court
  • give you an idea of what a possible settlement may look like

There is no obligation to retain our services after a consultation.  In fact, a number of clients
have met with us for a confidential consultation prior to separating.  We can give you valuable
information to allow you to make crucial "should I stay or should I go?" decisions.  Please note
that we would never advise anyone to stay in a situation where there is violence or other
serious safety issues. Independent Legal Advice: We provide independent legal advice for clients who are going through mediation, or who
want to review an agreement which has already been prepared.  We will review your
agreement in detail, explaining its meaning in plain English, and reviewing the financial terms
so that you have a clear understanding of your legal rights and obligations. Recognition of Foreign Divorce: The flat rate for this service is $100.00 plus HST.  Please speak to us first to determine
whether your foreign divorce qualifies for recognition under Canadian law, and provide a
copy of your original foreign divorce and a notarized translation, if needed. Notarized Travel Letters: We notarize letters for parents who are giving permission for out-of-country travel for their
children for a flat fee of $40.00.  Please bring government-issued photo ID, since as a
passport or driver's licence.
Family Law Office of Cynthia Lauer "For your most difficult issues - family lawyers you can trust"
Contact us: 1595 Sixteenth Ave.
Suite 301
Richmond Hill, Ontario
L4B 3N9Tel:  (905) 883-6441
The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Collaborative Family Law