Divorce, Your Lawyer and YOU

Separation is a tough time and you’ve made the decision to retain a lawyer…but what does that mean?

Your lawyer will certainly provide you with independent legal advice, help you understand your rights, send correspondence to your ex or start the court process should that be necessary.

You however, will need to complete your financial disclosure, ask questions, make decisions and ultimately move on with your new life. Did I mention you have to do all of this during one of the most challenging times of your life?

Below I’ve listed some questions that you may have and how I can help. If you don’t see your question here or would like more information, just give us a call.

Are you struggling to complete your Financial Disclosure?

I agree that the Family Court Forms and not as user friendly as they could be and not as intuitive. Let me help you put the right information in the right place so that you can make informed decisions during your separation or divorce.

Do you want to better understand your financial position so that you can help your lawyer prepare the best settlement proposal?

There is often an imbalance of power with respect to financials in a relationship. One person may have made the bulk of the money or taken care of the bills. We can review your situation so that you are clear on where you are now financially and where you want to be.

Are you afraid of asking silly questions or asking for clarification?

You are not the only one who doesn’t want to ask questions (especially at those rates) or gets a little confused by the legal and financial jargon. Let’s go through your questions together and see what we can make sense of and if needed I’ll draft the questions for you to send to your lawyer.

Are you in mediation or collaborative and would like to use the same financial professional in order to keep costs down?

As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (and my training as a Qualified Mediator) I am in a position to help both of you as a financial neutral during settlement negotiations.