There are times when other approaches are needed. At HMH Law Offices, we understand that few things are as personal as divorce and related family issues. We have more than 4 decades of experience representing men and women in Barrie and the surrounding areas of Ontario. Our lawyer, Susanne Hayward, takes the time to understand the needs of our clients—we are great listeners with the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve positive outcomes for our clients.
Ontario Separation Agreements
We are not bound to one way of achieving binding results in divorce and family law cases. Whether both parties can agree, decide to seek mediation, or where litigation becomes necessary, we work with our clients to achieve divorce and separation agreements that meet their unique needs and reflect the reality of their situations.
We handle a wide variety of divorce and separation issues, such as:
- Equalization of Net Family Property
- Common Law Cohabitation Rights
- Parenting Agreements
- Cohabitation Agreements
- Child & Spousal Support
Due to recent decisions by the Supreme Court of Canada, common-law couples are now treated similarly to married couples in disputes involving property rights. As a result, it is important to work with a lawyer to make sure your rights are protected during the dissolution of a relationship, just as one would during a divorce. To arrange a consultation with Susanne, call us or contact our firm online.
For more detailed information on divorce and separation from the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, visit this website.
Child Custody Law
When a married couple gets a divorce or a common-law couple goes their separate ways, it leaves parents in a difficult position as they seek to begin their new lives while striving to remain connected to their children. Decisions made early on regarding child custody and access can have a profound effect on parents and children for many years.
Ontario Custody Modification Law
At HMH Law Offices, we understand the challenges facing parents and have been representing mothers and fathers in family law cases for more than 40 years. Our lawyer, Susanne Hayward, provides skilled representation and personalized service, keeping our focus on preserving the best interests of parents and children.
We take a practical approach to the difficult issues involved in child custody cases, listening to the needs and desires of our clients in order to pursue the best possible outcome for them. We have considerable experience with alternative dispute resolution such as mediation and collaborative law, while possessing the skills and resources necessary to achieve results through litigation.
Contact Us Regarding Child Custody
We understand that there is no single remedy that will solve everyone's problems, so we look forward to listening to your concerns and explaining your rights. To arrange a consultation with Susanne regarding child custody, call or email us today.
For more detailed information on child custody and access from the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, visit this website.
Child Support Law
Divorce and separation are difficult not only for parents; but also children are often profoundly affected by events during this time. It is important to make sure that children are provided for during and after divorce through child support.
Ontario Support and Modification Law
HMH Law Offices has knowledgeably represented Ontarians in child support matters. Susanne Hayward knows that the same approach will not resolve all types of child support and family law issues, so we listen to the needs of our clients and tailor our representation to their needs.
Child Support Guidelines in Ontario
Child support is determined primarily based upon the income of the parent who is obligated to pay, as well as the number of children the individual is supporting. However, there can be deviations from the normal circumstances as a result of such factors as unique custody arrangements, the amount of parent access and the special needs of a child.
When there is a significant change in the needs of the child, the custody arrangement or the financial circumstances of a parent, it is possible to modify child support agreements. We have experience with these matters and can help you seek modifications to bring your child support obligations in line with your current situation.
Contact Us Regarding Child Support
In order to understand your rights and responsibilities regarding child support, it is important to speak to a lawyer. To arrange a consultation with Susanne, call us or contact our firm online.
For more information on child support from the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, visit this website.
When a couple decides to get married, it is a time for joy and celebration. However, it is still important to realize that it is also a legal commitment that can have ramifications on your rights and finances for the rest of your life. For this reason, many couples seek premarital agreements to protect their rights and obtain peace of mind.
Ontario Marriage Contracts Law
At HMH Law Offices, our experienced lawyer, Susanne Hayward, is expert at drafting marriage contracts, including prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. We understand that not every situation calls for the same approach, so we listen closely to the needs of our clients and seek solutions that are in their best interests.
A number of conditions can be stipulated and specified in a marriage contract, including:
- How property will be divided in the event the marriage ends in divorce.
- How much, if any, spousal support will be paid and by whom.
- Who will own specific assets and property should the marriage end.
- What property each party is bringing into the marriage.
One crucial aspect of many divorces that cannot be stipulated in a marriage contract is what will happen in regard to child custody, access and support in the event of a divorce.
As the laws involving common-law couples continue to evolve, so does our practice. Due to recent decisions by the Supreme Court of Canada, property disputes among common-law couples are handled very similarly to divorce proceedings involving married couples. We are available to work with common-law couples to draft contracts for protection of property and assets.
Divorce and Bankruptcy
There are wide-ranging implications when a separating spouse is going through the bankruptcy process. The timing of a bankruptcy filing in relation to family law litigation can significantly alter a spouse's potential to recover matrimonial property and spousal and child support in Ontario. Whether a bankruptcy becomes necessary due to credit card debt or other factors, we can help you understand all of your rights and responsibilities, as well as the ramifications of your choices going forward.
Divorce alone is a very complex area of the law that has many legal and personal ramifications for all parties involved. When debt problems and a potential bankruptcy become intertwined with a divorce, it is crucial to understand your rights and have an experienced lawyer pursuing your best interests.
At HMH Law Offices, we understand that there is no single remedy for dealing with these difficult issues and we will strive to create a solution that addresses your unique situation.
To arrange a consultation with Susanne, call us or contact our firm online.