family law, mediation, and collaborative law
SorbaraLaw lawyers are long standing and trusted advisors in every area of family and matrimonial law including negotiated, mediated, and collaborative settlements as well as litigation. Modern families in distress face a frustrating mix of legal and personal challenges. It has never been more important to act under the best available advice.
At SorbaraLaw, we understand how stressful and emotionally draining the break-up of a relationship can be. Our talented family law lawyers offer focused and knowledgeable counsel on separation and divorce, child custody and access including grandparent and stepparent access, as well as child and spousal support.
SorbaraLaw lawyers are skilled in all manner of simple and complicated contracts, including cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts (prenuptial agreements), property settlements, as well as comprehensive separation agreements.
When necessary, our family law lawyers can quickly draw on expertise from our tax, real estate, wills and estates, and corporate commercial law groups to resolve even the most complex problems. Our goal is always the best possible outcome, in the shortest possible time, and at the least possible cost for every client.
In matters of family law, our lawyers make every reasonable effort to resolve disputes without incurring the time and expense of litigation. SorbaraLaw lawyers regularly arrange negotiated, mediated, or collaborative solutions. However, when necessary, our lawyers are formidable litigators. SorbaraLaw lawyers have successfully protected our clients’ rights at every level of court in Ontario.
Family Mediation is a voluntary process in which a neutral third party assists spouses in the negotiation of a mutually acceptable agreement. Mediation provides a safe and structured environment to resolve family issues that may include parenting plans, child support, spousal support, and division of property. In this process each spouse gets an opportunity to speak and be heard. People make better decisions when they have an understanding of each other’s needs and concerns. The goal is to reach a mutually acceptable solution that enables both parties to move forward in a way that best meets their individual needs and the needs of the children.
Spouses can attend mediation on their own or with lawyers present. If parties attend mediation alone then they may choose to consult with a lawyer throughout the mediation process. Parties will need to obtain independent legal advice on any settlement reached in mediation. Typically the mediation process can be an efficient and cost-effective process for addressing the issues that arise as a result of a separation.
Jennifer Black, Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph
Collaborative Family Law is a voluntary process in which each spouse retains a collaboratively trained lawyer to assist in negotiating a mutually acceptable agreement. Spouses agree that they will resolve the outstanding issues in a fair and balanced manner without resorting to the court system. In the Collaborative process you will work towards resolving such issues as parenting plans, child support, spousal support, and division of property in settlement meetings. The lawyers and any other neutral professionals that may be involved will work as a team to facilitate discussions and the negotiation of all issues. In this process parties are active participants with the Collaborative Lawyers’ assisting the parties in presenting their goals and needs. In the Collaborative process you are able to receive legal advice throughout.