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.
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.
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.
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.