If you and your spouse are considering an end to your marriage, you may be feeling overwhelmed at the thought of what comes next. You may have years of married life behind you, not to mention children; you probably also have accumulated property and intertwined your finances. The effects of divorce will reach far beyond the relationship, into the lives of your children as well as your financial and professional future.

Is it necessary to secure the services of divorce lawyers? Even if you and your spouse are committed to keeping things amicable, you are likely to encounter complex legal issues related to property division, child custody and access, child and spousal support, and more. Couple that with the sheer difficulty of the paperwork and procedures required in divorce cases, and the need for qualified, competent legal counsel becomes evident.

So where do you begin? Look for a lawyer that specializes in family law, rather than a general practitioner. You want someone who does family law all day, every day, who keeps abreast of the latest developments in Ontario family law and has extensive experience working with cases like yours. A family lawyer will be able to examine your case, identify its strengths and weaknesses, and work with you to provide the guidance necessary to achieve the results you are looking for.

When you find a candidate, schedule an initial consultation and be sure to have available any documents that the lawyer requests. Share as many details as possible, and always be truthful and forthright. By the same token, don’t be afraid to ask questions. You are going to trust this person with some important matters that will impact your future and your family’s future; get a sense of their training and experience. Is the lawyer a member of his or her province’s law society? Have they handled cases similar to yours? Have they published articles, taught courses, or otherwise established themselves as leaders in their field? How will they approach your case? How much access will you have to them? How do they communicate with clients?

Of course, financial considerations are also important. Make sure you understand the legal fee structure, starting with the retainer and what it covers. While you don’t want to pick a lawyer based solely on price, you do want to make sure that you understand your financial obligations.


Finally, be sure that your lawyer is someone you feel comfortable with. You want an ally who will listen to you, give you advice, protect your rights, and fight for the best possible outcome in a difficult situation.

Galbraith Family Law: Resolving Family Conflict With Heart

The Barrie law firm of Galbraith Family Law is committed to providing superior legal services for every client. The firm helps clients resolve issues related to separation and divorce, including custody, access, child support, spousal support, equalization and division of property. They are experienced in many types of approaches to family law matters, from collaborative practice to litigation. Brian Galbraith brings more than 20 years of legal experience to his cases, and has earned a reputation in the Ontario legal community as a lawyer of honesty, integrity, and passion—qualities his clients need and appreciate. He understands first-hand the uncertainty and upheaval a divorce can cause, and is committed to providing his clients with sound legal advice during difficult times in their lives. Brian Galbraith’s office is located at 124 Dunlop St. West, Barrie, Ontario L4N 1B1 or he can be reached by calling (705) 999-8957.