Choosing to enter or leave a family arrangement is one of the most significant decisions of your life. Whether you’re laying the foundation for a new family relationship or experiencing a relationship breakdown, it’s a serious, often challenging and complex matter. At Mercier Law we have the expertise, compassion and experience to help you move forward with your family matters.
Going through a child custody dispute is difficult and painful. Situations may escalate quickly and with little warning. Attaining a desirable result in a child custody dispute is always a delicate balance of tenacity, strategy and humility. There is absolutely no substitute for experience and skill when it comes to choosing a lawyer to deal with your child custody issues.
Child Support matters are usually straightforward when addressed correctly and efficiently. Yet, when left unattended or handled poorly these straightforward issues may escalate into a host of complicated and potentially costly issues. Custody arrangements, child contributions, undisclosed income and claims of financial hardships are just a few examples of potential variables that may impact child support settlements.
Most people don't want to go to Court when they separate or divorce they just don't know a better way. Does this sound like you? The Collaborative Divorce process was designed and tested to keep you and your spouse out of the adversarial court system. Collaborative Divorce protects the interests, dignity and confidentiality of everyone impacted by this family event.
Matters that affect your family are never easy. A separation or divorce can have far reaching effects on your own future as well as your children’s future. There are a multitude of legal issues that will need to be navigated with precision, tenacity and knowledge. Helping you through this process is our firm’s mission. There is absolutely no substitute for experience and skill when hiring a family law or divorce lawyer.
Prenuptial agreements create a legally binding contract between a couple who will live together and/or get married. They set out the rights and obligations of both parties if and when the relationship ends. This includes separation, divorce and the death of a partner. Agreeing to things in a prenuptial agreement while a relationship is healthy leaves less to fight over if it does breakdown.
Spousal support issues can be complex. Entitlement to spousal support may arise from either a marriage or from a common law relationship. The settlement may be based on a spouses’ actual need for support or an economic disadvantage resulting from the relationship. The amount of support awarded can vary greatly.
Agreements like child or spousal support payments are not set in stone. They may change due to income variations, job loss or other factors. If the court has already ordered child support and there has been a change in your circumstances, child support orders can be varied as long as the applicant demonstrates that there has been a material change in circumstances since the order of the court. We can advise you of the best course of action and explain how the law applies to your situation.
Child Support Guidelines consider three main factors: the annual income of the paying parent, the number of children eligible for child support; and the province or territory where the paying parent lives. Use the online calculator to determine how much child support you may be entitled to receive.
The child support calculator is provided only for informational purposes. Please note that child support varies based on your circumstances. We recommend that you speak to a family law lawyer to determine your child support rights and/or obligations.