For simple and uncontested divorces, we know how to move your case through the court system. We can also help you develop a practical, legally protective separation contract. In complex or highly controversial cases, we can represent you in resolving contentious issues such as: You may have difficulty proving that you and your spouse have promised to settle things in a certain way if you do not have a written, signed and certified separation agreement. This could be a problem if your spouse stops respecting your informal agreement. It is advisable to place informal agreements between spouses in a written, signed and agreed agreement. Otherwise, anything agreed between spouses may be difficult to apply later if a spouse decides to terminate compliance with the informal agreement. I work with Lorraine Martin, a highly qualified educational advisor with expertise in education, children and the challenges of divorce and separation and their effects on children. Lorraine accompanies me to one or two sessions to advise parents on how best to help their children separate their parents. In some cases, she may meet with the children and give feedback to the parents, and in some cases she does not meet the children. Whether or not you meet the children, it is up to the parents to decide after the first meeting. Lorraine`s involvement in the mediation process may be most helpful for parents in order to obtain parental consent, as it can give them an overview of their children. In many cases, after a separation, one or both spouses become unreasonable and continues with litigation and court proceedings to find a closure to emotional pain. Sometimes there is no choice but to argue, even if one of the spouses would have liked an out-of-court settlement.
A husband is expected to assist his wife during separation if she is entitled to assistance under the Spos Assistance Guidelines. The basic criteria are that if the wife is financially dependent on marriage, then the husband must support his wife during the separation.