One of the most effective and common paths to an affordable, low-cost divorce is through an “uncontested divorce” process. Simply stated an uncontested divorce occurs when one spouse files an application for divorce and the other party does not contest or oppose, but signs off on what has been agreed to, with little or no conflict. This affirms the spouse agrees to the terms of a simple divorce.
It is important to note that uncontested divorce does not cover “corollary relief”; — those issues surrounding spousal and child support, division of property or access. In the case of an uncontested divorce corollary relief is dealt with privately or on a separate application.
A suggested first step will be for you to reach out to your own pool of personal contacts for recommendations. Look for firms that specifically specialize in divorce/family law and are not generalists with a simple family law service page on their site. Spend time carefully reviewing their website, services, and testimonials. Look outside of their website as well. Find out if they have been quoted in the media on topics related to family law and review their Google My Business listing, where you can read authentic reviews from past clients. An exceptional Google My Business rating will be 4.5 stars or higher. Ensure that the candidates you are evaluating are respected members of the Ontario bar association.
The results of one’s divorce proceedings will impact your finances and relationships. Choosing the right family lawyer, who will advocate for you, fairly and knowledgeably while keeping costs in check, is of the utmost importance and should not be done hastily. Do your homework carefully as the negative impact of an “inexperienced lawyer” could have lifelong ramifications.
Finally, choosing the right divorce lawyer has to be a personality fit. Make a point of setting up an in-person meeting to ensure that your values are aligned and that you feel comfortable and in “good-hands”. You will be disclosing deeply personal information related to your marriage with your lawyer and you need to trust that they have your best interests at heart and can negotiate skillfully for you.
Note: While family lawyers are often compassionate and will provide some level of moral support during this difficult life event – they are not trained therapists and should not be consulted with in this way.
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