At the Donald B. Phelps Law Corporation in Vancouver, we want to help you deal with separation as smoothly as possible. We understand that this can be a stressful time in your life, when you will inevitably be faced with difficult issues that need to be addressed. To help you prepare, we’ve listed several issues that you can start thinking about.
Guardianship and Parenting
We’ll need to determine who takes guardianship over your children. We’ll also need to establish how much time each parent can spend with the children.
Child support as well as spousal support needs to be addressed so that every party receives fair treatment. Also, we will need to look at our property and debt will be distributed. If you have joint ownership of any of the following assets, we will need to discuss how they will be shared:
Protecting Yourself and Your Property
In drastic situations, you will have to take steps to ensure that you are safe from physical harm and that your property rights are being respected. You can obtain a protection order prohibiting violence, abuse and threats, a restraining order which prohibits the disposition of your property and preservation order that prevents your property from being altered.
If you are thinking about filing for legal separation and are unsure how to proceed, contact our lawyers to learn more.