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TORONTO FAMILY LAW

Your Trusted Partner in Family Law Matters

Navigating through separation or divorce is challenging and emotional. Recognizing this, we offer not just legal expertise, but also a supportive environment where your rights and needs are our top priority. Trust our family lawyers with years of experience to stand by your side, ensuring your voice is heard and your interests are protected every step of the way. We are a a partnership that prioritizes your peace of mind.

With Nussbaum Law, You Get:

  • Personalized Attention
  • Compassionate Support
  • Expert Legal Representation
  • Clear Communication
  • Strategic Solutions
  • Dedicated Advocacy

BEST TORONTO FAMILY LAWYERS AT YOUR SERVICE

Dedicated Family Lawyers in the Greater Toronto Area

At Nussbaum Law, we take pride in serving a wide range of communities within the Greater Toronto Area. Our commitment extends across various locations, ensuring that no matter where you are, you have access to quality family law services. We are here to support and represent clients in Vaughan, Mississauga, Markham, and Richmond Hill, understanding the unique characteristics and needs of each area.

We also cater to the residents of Forest Hill, Rosedale, Etobicoke, North York, and Scarborough, providing personalized legal solutions tailored to the diverse demographics of these communities. Additionally, we extend our expertise to the growing areas of Pickering, Ajax, Brampton, and Oakville.

In each of these locations, Nussbaum Law is dedicated to offering comprehensive family law services. We understand that each community has its own pulse, and with that, its own set of challenges and needs. Our team is equipped to provide empathetic, knowledgeable, and effective legal support, ensuring your family law matters are handled with the utmost care and professionalism.

Family law is a broad subject of legal practice, covering many facets and degrees of legal complexity.

WHAT IS FAMILY LAW?

Family law is a law of relationships between adults inter se, between adults and children, and between both adults and children and the State, as continually influenced by social and demographic changes. Family law is the law governing family disputes and obligations. Essentially it is a form of a legal practice area that focuses on issues involving family relationships, such as divorce, spousal support, child support, division of assets during the matrimonial breakdown, decision-making responsibility, parenting time, and adoption, among others. Thus family law is one of the most emotional areas of law that addresses issues relating to complex family or domestic relationships.

Dedicated family lawyers can represent clients in family court proceedings or related negotiations. They can also draft important legal documents such as Applications and supporting documents in court, as well as several domestic contracts, including but not limited to separation agreements, cohabitation agreements, and the like.

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WHAT IS INCLUDED IN FAMILY LAW?

DIVORCE

Separation and divorce are some of the most emotional and stressful life-altering events you will experience. The team of Toronto divorce lawyers at Nussbaum Law empathizes with you. We will guide you through this stressful time.

CHILD
SUPPORT

At Nussbaum Family Law, we specialize in child support cases in Ontario and we will help protect you and your child’s interests.

PROPERTY
DIVISION

At Nussbaum Family Law, we understand that every situation is unique. Our Toronto divorce lawyers will listen to you and help you negotiate a fair agreement.

CHILD
PROTECTION

The lawyers at Nussbaum Family Law deeply believe that families and parents need strong legal representation throughout every stage of a child protection proceeding. Our lawyers work closely with parents, families, and community members to protect children and to ensure that children remain with their families.

CHILD
CUSTODY

Our divorce lawyers will take the time to understand your family values. Our team of Toronto family law lawyers has your children’s best interests at the forefront and during mediation, we will work hard to reach a custody arrangement with your ex-spouse that works with your new family lifestyle.

COHABITATION
AGREEMENT

It is advisable for all couples in a common Law relationship to consult with a family lawyer. The experienced lawyers and attorneys at Nussbaum Family Law can advise you on how to protect your rights by setting legal boundaries and obligations should the relationship end.

SPOUSAL
SUPPORT

The divorce lawyers at Nussbaum Family Law have extensive experience in spousal support matters in Ontario and we know how to best approach your situation and protect your legal rights.

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behavior

Nussbaum Family Law has a team of Toronto narcissist lawyers specializing in cases like yours. They have an arsenal of effective strategies for dealing with narcissists in and out of court. They can also prepare you for how a narcissist will likely react to separation or divorce.

DOMESTIC
VIOLENCE

We at Nussbaum Family Law can help protect yourself and the other victims in your family. We are a team of experienced, compassionate domestic violence attorneys who can help victims like you.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

The unfortunate and prevailing issue of violence within the family impacts the family unit as a whole. While it is very common in matrimonial proceedings, it can be detrimental to either party of the relationship, as well as any children of the marriage or relationship. It is important to note, that domestic violence, or domestic abuse is not merely physical, but also extends to mental abuse.

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FIND OUT WHERE YOU STAND

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WHAT IS A FAMILY LAW LAWYER?

Family lawyers are involved in the personal aspects of their clients’ lives, including divorce, child custody (now decision-making responsibility and parenting time), alimony, abuse and neglect proceedings, successions, family partitions, etc. A family lawyer is expected to help a client resolve any issue relating to his/her family. Our staffs are well trained and deal with all aspects of family law. We understand the need to listen to our clients and apply an individualised and customised approach to every case.

WHAT DOES A FAMILY LAW LAWYER DO?

Separation and divorce can be very stressful. It is always helpful to know what to expect and how the process will unfold.

Your lawyer should be well versed in the Federal and Provincial Statutes, prevailing case law, and practice and procedure governing family law.

He or she will discuss with you:

  • what constitutes separation;
  • entering prenuptial agreements or postnuptial agreements;
  • decision making responsibility, parenting time, and child support if you have children;
  • entitlement, amount, and duration of spousal support;
  • the sale or transfer of ownership of your matrimonial home;
  • division of property, such as a cottage or investments; and
  • other issues that arise upon the breakdown of a marriage or common-law relationship.
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You can expect that when you retain your lawyer, you will review and execute a formal Retainer Agreement and be given a detailed Memorandum advising you of the practices and procedures of the Firm.

Because family law matters require substantial disclosure, your lawyer will be asking you for specific financial disclosure to discuss the issues listed above as they are related to spousal or child support.

Your lawyer will, as and when applicable, and from time to time, prepare and provide to you various calculations, including but not limited to:

  • Net Family Property Statements (to determine the amount of an equalization payment to be made in your matter)
  • Spousal Support Advisory Guideline Calculations (to determine the amount and duration of spousal support payment to be made in your matter)
  • Calculation of arrears of support and/or carrying costs of the home

Your lawyer will keep you informed of all happenings in your case and will discuss with you options for settlement and strategies to resolve your issues. Your lawyer will generate options best suited to your specific situation.

Ultimately, if you can resolve your matter on an amicable basis, your lawyer will draft a comprehensive separation agreement to be signed by you and your spouse.

Your lawyer will, throughout the process, attempt to resolve your matter in the fastest and most cost-effective way possible, keeping in mind the circumstances of your case.

WHY SHOULD YOU HIRE A FAMILY LAW LAWYER?

Deciding whether or not you need a family lawyer can be difficult. This is especially when it comes to your legal situations, such as the breakdown of a relationship or decisions regarding custody and property.

Nussbaum Family Law will be by your side throughout the process. Here are a few reasons lawyers at Nussbaum Family Law can help:

  • All of the necessary paperwork is handled. Numerous documents must be completed during your family court case that require precision and expertise. These forms can be quite overwhelming for a client to complete by themselves.
  • The process becomes less emotional. When you have to deal with the aspects of your family issues on your own, it’s sometimes too emotional to bear. Our lawyer helps you focus on the legalities and the most important points. This reduces the emotion involved.
  • Hiring a family lawyer allows you to understand the terms of your settlement better. Getting divorced can involve various steps, including exchanging financial documents, negotiation, obtaining expert reports, and possibly appearing in court. Your lawyer makes these steps much easier to navigate and understand.
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WHEN SHOULD YOU HIRE A FAMILY LAW LAWYER?

You can choose to consult a family law firm and hire a lawyer at any time, depending on how urgently you need their services. However, it is recommended to hire a family law lawyer from the very inception, as this would allow them to be well versed with your case and may, in turn, lead to faster resolutions.

HOW DO YOU HIRE A GOOD FAMILY LAW LAWYER?

When going through a separation, we understand how difficult and overwhelming it can be. Therefore, it is highly imperative to have a good lawyer by your side to assist you professionally and emotionally, one that will safeguard your interest.

So how do you find a good family law lawyer?

  • Decide what route you want to go and what services you need. For example, whether it is litigation or mediation, check whether your prospective lawyer has experience in that field.
  • Decide what you can afford
  • Lawyer’s ratings. Lawyer rating agencies are not infallible. A lawyer who chooses not to advertise or participate in a particular rating site’s program may be rated poorly, even though they may be an amazing lawyer. You need to remember that people going through a divorce are not happy. Sometimes, even if a lawyer does an outstanding job for them, those people complain.
  • Find a lawyer who is experienced in family law. Do not go as per the advice of people who are non-lawyers or non-family law lawyers. Each area of practice needs a qualified family law lawyer who is well versed in the subject.
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WHAT MAKES A GOOD FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY?

Apart from the requisite knowledge, experience, and skillset on various legal issues, it is crucial for a  good family law lawyer must be emotionally intelligent. This stems from the need to be compassionate and sympathetic to the client’s cause but not getting carried away to the point that they make it their own personal cause, thereby affecting the ability to advocate for the client efficiently.

Our lawyers at Nussbaum Family Law are incredibly patient and understand the situation you and your family are in. Our lawyers aim to understand the emotional and mental state of the client going through such a situation and strive to do their utmost best in achieving desired results.

HOW MUCH DOES A FAMILY LAWYER CHARGE?

Family law is cerebral and not mechanical. Some people mistakenly think of legal representation as a service similar to a mechanic.

A family lawyer has to deal with quite a few variables while dealing with your case. Drafting an Application, for example, does not take a set specific amount of time. It depends on the complexity of your case, the strategies needed to build a strong case, researching case laws in your favour, researching case laws that may exist which are not in your favour but developing specific counter-arguments, and reviewing hundreds of pages of disclosures, and the like.

The hourly costs for lawyers in Canada, can vary greatly with everything from $100 per hour to $650 per hour. When choosing a lawyer, this is rarely a time to be searching for a bargain. Generally, a family lawyer making upwards of $300/hour is one who has the experience, and that experience can save you far more in the long run.

Having said that, our lawyers at Nussbaum Law charge anywhere between $275.00 to $440.00 (+HST) an hour, without compromising on the expertise and skills required to deal with your case.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FAMILY LAW AND DIVORCE LAW?

Although the two terms are often used interchangeably, Family Law is a catch-all, umbrella term covering a broad range of legal topics that include

  • division of family property upon separation and divorce
  • spousal and child support
  • child custody and access
  • adoption and parentage
  • child protection
  • dependents’ relief applications
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In Ontario, Family Law issues are covered mainly by provincial legislation.

Divorce Law, in contrast, is technically governed by federal legislation in the form of the Divorce Act, which applies equally across Canada.

However, the term has grown to mean more than simply the administrative dissolution of a marriage; this is because divorce-related steps are really intertwined with some of the Family Law issues listed above, especially family property, child support, and custody. In short, “Divorce Law” can be viewed as a sub-set of the broader topic of Family Law.

Nussbaum Family Law is a legal practice dedicated exclusively to Family Law in Toronto.

Our legal staff understands that separation and divorce is an emotional time, and we are committed to providing a personal approach to all our clients. Our team understands that each family situation is unique, and we will take the time to listen to your situation so we can understand your family values. We advocate on your behalf to ensure you receive the best possible outcome in your Toronto family law case. The goal of our family law practice is to resolve disputes through mediation and negotiation to save you time so you can move forward with your life. If it is required, our lawyers and staff have extensive experience in litigating cases in both the Superior Court and Ontario Court of Justice.

Nussbaum Family Law provides legal services in all areas of family law and divorce law. Nussbaum Family Law also provides wills and estate legal services. We are committed to bettering the lives of those we represent by providing efficient, cost-effective, and quality legal services.

FAQs on Ontario Family Law

Yes, you can opt to represent yourself at a family law trial. However, family law does have a lot of technicalities that most laymen do not have a complete grasp on. It is still best to hire a lawyer or at least consult one before heading to trial.

No. The judge makes the final decisions in family trials. However, there is still the possibility of an audience since trials are mostly open to the public.

Yes, especially if the restraining order is against a former partner, spouse, or family member.