We realize that separation is difficult.
It is particularly difficult when property and children are involved.
But at Johnston Franklin Bishop Lawyers we are here to help you through the process.
We are pleased to offer a free first interview to discuss your concerns, provide some general advice, and give you an idea of the costs involved if you want us to act for you.
There are no costs unless and until you ask us to act for you.
And if you do us to act, we can assist with payment installments, fixed fees (in some circumstances), and we may be able to take on your matter on a legal aid basis.
Through what can be a stressful situation, we aim to assist in the healing process and help you move positively into the future.
We aim to resolve matters wherever possible through a collaborative approach, or through negotiation and mediation.
Sometimes this is not possible. Especially in urgent matters or in matters where a risk to you or a child is involved, we will not hesitate to help you bring urgent court proceedings and fight for your best interests.
We can assist with divorce, negotiated outcomes including separation agreements, pre-nuptual agreements, and court proceedings regarding property and children.
The definition of spouse has evolved dramatically, and can vary depending on the legislation being considered, or the jurisdiction you are in. Both the Wills, Estates and Successions Act (“WESA”) and the Family Law Act define spouses as two people of any gender who are married to each other, or who have lived together in […]
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada strongly recommend that children traveling abroad carry a consent letter proving they have permission to travel from every person with the legal right to make major decisions on their behalf, if that person is not accompanying the children on the trip. You can obtain the forms from their website […]
What is the legal age in BC? The age of majority is 19 in B.C. Do I really need a legal will and why? If you don’t have a will you estate will be divided by the Estate Administration Act. The rules in the Estate Administration Act are arbitrary and not necessarily what you would […]
In any separation you should consider who will have custody, access and guardianship of children, spousal and child support and division of property.
Perhaps you and your spouse to be have children from separate marriages and also have acquired assets prior to meeting each other. You may wish to ensure that these previously acquired assets and perhaps even certain classes of assets acquired after your marriage are not considered family assets under the Divorce Act or Family Relations […]
Do I get custody and guardianship? Clients often ask me this question. Often I try and explain to them what these two terms mean and just as often, the explanation further complicates matters. The reason for the complication should become clear after reading this article. The reason the two terms are so confusing dates back […]
We handle contested and uncontested divorce actions, including custody and access, child and spousal maintenance, property division and restraining orders. The sole ground for divorce is breakdown of the marriage, which may be established by a one-year separation, by adultery or by physical or mental cruelty. Even if you have not been separated for one […]
Divorces cost. They cost money, emotional wear and tear, health, and sleep. Very few couples have set aside money to pay legal fees in the event of a divorce. Yet separation and divorce are facts of life and most couples going through the process are going to incur legal fees, whether they want to or […]
It is not necessary for you to have made a financial contribution to the acquisition of some assets such as real estate in order to make a claim for an interest in that asset. Perhaps you lived in a common-law relationship with the person who acquired the asset in their name during the period when […]
Perhaps you and your soon to be live in significant other have children from previous relationships and also have acquired assets prior to meeting each other. You may wish to ensure that these previously acquired assets and perhaps even certain classes of assets acquired after your relationship remain yours. A cohabitation agreement can ensure that […]