Families are complicated, and so is Family Law. Even with the best intentions, family units can break down, resulting in separation, divorce, child custody and access disputes, and child support.
No two families are alike, and that’s why we treat each case as unique, with a custom legal plan and one-of-a-kind service. Hartman Law can help ensure you have the best chance at getting what you deserve, whether it’s monetary support, visitation with children, or simply the smoothest dissolution of your marriage possible.
We specialize in Family Law situations including:
Divorce and Common Law Separation
Child Custody and Access Disputes
Marriage Contracts and Cohabitation Agreements
Division and Equalization of Net Family Property
Spousal and Child Support
Mediation and Negotiation
Divorce and Separation
At any stage of a family’s development, Hartman Law is here to help. We can help you establish a viable Prenuptial Agreement in order to remove any financial concerns. If your marriage is experiencing challenges that may be impossible to overcome, you may need a separation agreement that protects your best interests now and in the future. If divorce is inevitable, we can fight for an adequate division of property and spousal support. And last but not least, we can help you develop a child support and child access plan that you are happy with and has your children’s best interests in mind.
Since 2010, Hartman Law has provided our clients with compassionate care and prudent legal advice, understanding the severe and lasting impact that family law decisions can have. We take time to understand your family and tailor our strategy to your needs. Whenever possible, our skilled family lawyers will try to reach a beneficial settlement using mediation and negotiation, avoiding often painful courtroom litigation.
How to divorce in Toronto?
The word ‘divorce’ is commonly misunderstood. It is widely used as encompassing a bundle of rights and obligations relating to custody and access of children, child and spousal support, and division of property. In law, the word ‘divorce’ refers to the legal process whereby the divorced party obtains the right to marry someone else. Therefore, if you are in a common law relationship and not married, you do not need a divorce.
If you are married, how you obtain a divorce depends on the circumstances. For instance, in a non-contentious scenario where there is no property or children, ie nothing to argue about, the parties can obtain a simple divorce. All divorces must be processed by the Superior Court of Justice in Ontario, but a simple divorce does not require any court appearance. Rather, the parties or their lawyers simply file paperwork and the court grants the divorce, typically within a couple months.
If the matter is contentious and there is dispute over property, children, and/or support obligations, the matter is often (but not necessarily) dealt with by lawyers who negotiate, mediate, and litigate the issues until resolved. Once all the issues are dealt with, the court grants the divorce.
Although lawyers are not required for simple or contentious divorces, it is best to engage a lawyer when children and property are at stake.