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What Matters Are Covered Under Family Law?

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Divorce, child custody disputes and spousal support claims are complex and stressful legal processes that can take an emotional and mental toll on you and your family. Hiring a knowledgeable family lawyer to act on your behalf can make the process a lot quicker and ensure the outcome is fair and just. Here is an overview of what you need to know.

What is family law?

In Canada, family law governs legal matters between spouses, partners and other family members, as well as between parents and their children. This includes:

  • Separation agreements

  • Divorce proceedings

  • Spousal support

  • Child support

  • Guardianship

  • Paternity claims

  • Sole or joint custody

  • Access and visitation

  • Shared parenting

  • Property division

  • Business assets

  • Restraining orders

  • Cohabitation agreements

  • Prenuptial agreements

  • Mediation services

In Canada, marriage and divorce disputes, including child custody and parenting arrangements, as well as spousal and child support payments fall under federal jurisdiction and are governed by the Divorce Act. However, many other family law matters, including adoption and matrimonial property disputes, fall under provincial jurisdiction and are governed by the family law legislation, which differs from province to province. This important distinction further complicates family law matters.

The benefits of hiring a family lawyer

If you are dealing with issues regarding a separation agreement, child support or custody, it is important to work with an experienced family lawyer. They can help you navigate the various rules and regulations that govern this specific area of law and provide personalized guidance and advice to you and your family throughout the entire process. They will also ensure your rights are protected to help you get the best possible outcome.

Furthermore, family lawyers are well-versed in Canadian law, and in many cases, can help you settle family law disputes outside of court, thereby saving you time and money. In addition, if your dispute does go to court, a family lawyer will effectively defend your rights and ensure that your position is put before the court.

Family lawyers you can trust in St. John’s, Newfoundland

If you are dealing with a complex family dispute that requires legal assistance, you can rely on the experienced family lawyers at Gittens & Associates. Our lawyers have appeared in court to represent and advocate for clients in family law cases at all levels in Newfoundland as well as at the Supreme Court of Canada. Our team will take the time to look at every angle of your case and develop a strategy to best achieve the outcome you desire. Contact us today to schedule a free telephone consultation. On March 1st, 2021, significant changes came into force for the Canadian Divorce Act. Among these changes, the terms “custody” and “access” have been replaced with “parenting time” and “decision-making responsibility.” Read our blog to find out more.


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