Divorce is almost always an emotionally difficult process. Unfortunately, the stress is often made worse, by a court process that was not designed to handle personal and private conflicts. Couples have the option, however, to settle the terms of their divorce out of court — in a way that is unique and sensitive to their individual circumstances. Greg Cooper, Toronto mediator/arbitrator, can help you and your spouse to resolve, in detail, all of your issues so you can achieve a quicker route to divorce.
Getting Divorced In Ontario
Divorce in Canada is governed by the federal Divorce Act. Although only a court can grant a divorce order, the negotiations leading up to divorce do not have to be done through a trial process. Couples can engage in mediation or arbitration to arrive at detailed terms of settlement for issues such as:
- Property division
- Spousal support
- Child support
- Child custody, time-sharing, co-parenting and visitation
Specifics on these issues normally form part of a separation agreement, which is legally binding on both spouses. Once a couple has a separation agreement in place, the process of obtaining a divorce is relatively straightforward.
Married people are subject to different laws than common law spouses when they decide to end their relationship. Most prominent of these are the laws governing equalization of net family property. However, in ADR couples have substantial freedom to negotiate a tailored financial settlement that reflects their unique concerns. Greg Cooper has extensive experience with high-asset divorce negotiations and is particularly qualified to offer guidance to couples with substantial and complex assets.
Serving Greater Toronto And Mississauga ♦ Lawyer Offering Divorce Mediation And Arbitration
To learn more, contact Toronto divorce ADR lawyer Greg Cooper at Cooper ADR at 416-346-5675 or contact the practice online.