We are a boutique family law firm in Winnipeg,
Manitoba, providing a full range of family law services.

Because no two families are alike, each case we see is challenging in its own way.
Our experienced family law team is here to guide
you and help you choose a process for resolution to best suit your needs.


Collaborative practice

The Collaborative Practice model seeks to resolve issues in a respectful and transparent manner that is child and family focused. The negotiations are interest based and explore the concerns, goals, and needs of you and your spouse. You both make a commitment not to go to court. You each will be guided by trained family lawyers, and will have support and guidance from relationship coaches and jointly retained child and financial professionals. The goal is an outcome customized to your family and your resolution will be formalized in a separation agreement. Review the collaborative practice Family e-brochure.

Negotiated settlements

Less team-centred or client-centred than the Collaborative model, the majority of communication in this process is done between the lawyers (often in writing or over the phone). After counsel is retained, you will prepare and exchange financial statements and supporting documentation. Written settlement proposals and counter-proposals will be exchanged until an agreement is achieved. Meetings may be held between the spouses and their lawyers.  If this negotiation process fails, court proceedings may be commenced. The objective in this model is to achieve settlement and avoid the higher costs and longer time frames involved with going to Court.

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litigation

Sometimes it is necessary to use the court system to resolve disputes. Our Manitoba family court processes such as case management conferences provide opportunities to explore settlement options with judges on contentious legal issues and ensure your matter proceeds efficiently through the court system. At times, the circumstances of some cases surrounding support, child custody, financial disclosure, and the division or control of assets need the timelines and framework imposed by court. Where there is little or no cooperation between spouses or one spouse will not engage in the process, court may be the most efficient option available and is a route that may be imposed by one spouse through a court application.

 

 

SERVICES WE PROVIDE

  •  Adoption
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • Child Support
  • Custody / Access / Parenting Arrangements
  • Divorce
  • Estate Administration and Litigation
  • Gestational / Surrogacy Agreements
  • Grandparent and Extended Family Access
  • Guardianship
  • Marital Agreements
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Property Division / Debt Resolution
  • Prevention Orders / Applications to Set Aside Protection Orders
  • Separation Agreements
  • Spousal Support
  • Real Estate (Purchase/Sale/Refinancing)
  • Wills, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

  1. Conflict search.  Prior to receiving confidential information, we need to check to make sure that we do not have a conflict preventing us from meeting with you.

  2. An initial telephone call.  One of our staff will call you to ask for background information, to explain the initial consultation process and to provide you with our lawyers' rates for this service. Rates for consultations for family law matters range from $300 to $675 inclusive of taxes. Our lawyers' hourly rates vary based on seniority and range from $175 to $400 per hour. Our rates are subject to change. We will discuss rates for other services such as estate matters and real estate transactions when you contact us.

  3. Questionnaire. We may send you a questionnaire to provide a framework for preparing for your consultation and which assists us to be efficient with your time and budget. 

  4. Initial Consultation. Your initial consultation for a family law matter (usually a one to two-hour meeting) gives us the opportunity to explore your circumstances and desired outcome. We will be able to provide you with legal information and discuss with you the processes and options available to you.  

  5. Retainer.  If you wish to proceed and we agree to take on your case, we will enter into a retainer agreement prior to moving forward. We will discuss those terms with you as they vary case by case. 

  6. Moving forward. After retaining us, we will further discuss with you the plan and process that we feel will work the best for you in your particular circumstances.

 

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Other Ways to Obtain Legal Assistance

We do not offer free legal consultations nor do we typically take on Legal Aid cases. We cannot provide you with legal advice without meeting you through our consultation process. If you are seeking a free legal consultation please visit the Legal Help Centre, CLEA or, for women, the Fort Garry Women's Resource Centre. For information about eligibility and applying for Legal Aid, please visit Legal Aid Manitoba.  A link to Legal Aid's new online application can be found here. The Law Society of Manitoba also administers the Family Law Access Centre (FLAC), a pilot project helping middle income families afford legal services in family law matters.