Areas of Practice
Custody & Access
Custody and access are one of the most complicated areas of family law, with many nuances that could pertain to an individual case, such as: who will make major decisions for your child or children; how often will you see your child or children; where will the child or children live following the separation? The test in this instance is always what is in the best interests of the child or children.
Child support is guided by the Child Support Guidelines, which sets out the amount of child support to be paid for a dependent child. A number of factors may be considered in deciding the correct amount of child support: the income of the support payor, the amount of time the child is in each parent’s care, and the number of children for whom support is required to be paid. The Child Support Guidelines also require the parents to split the costs of a child’s special and extraordinary expenses.
Marriage Contracts And Cohabitation Agreements
Marriage Contracts (often referred to as prenuptial agreements) and Cohabitation Agreements are domestic contracts between parties to address legal rights and obligations to one another. It is important that this document be properly crafted by an experienced family law lawyer, to ensure it is enforceable by the Courts, should this ever be required.
Spousal support refers to the obligation of one spouse to support the other support after a period of cohabitation or marriage. The amount and duration of spousal support is discretionary, and depends upon three factors: entitlement, the need of a spouse (the support recipient) and the ability of a spouse to pay support (the support payor).
Changing a Court Order or Out-Dated Separation Agreement
Depending on your current financial or life circumstances, a previous family court Order or separation agreement may need to be changed. For example, a sudden job loss, a medical illness, or a child’s change of residence, are all conditions which may affect the current validity of your court Order or Separation Agreement. Regardless, the best approach is to address these changes in an efficient and timely manner, either by negotiating a new agreement with the other party, or bringing your matter back before the Court.
WHY CHOOSE US?
Kania Buttigieg, Professional Corporation is a boutique law firm specializing in family law matters. We are currently located at 21 John Street in the heart of downtown Brampton in the service commercial area. We chose to move into this area to be apart of a growing and developing community.
We understand and appreciate that the breakdown of your family relationship can create extreme emotional and financial stress. Our goal is to assist you in resolving your family law matter in a manner that respects your values and objectives.Learn More
ELIMINATING STRESS FROM THE PROCESS OF SEPARATION
Kania Buttigieg offers a free 1/2 hour telephone consultation. We dispense general legal advice, and are pleased to do so. Please use the 'contact us' page to provide your basic contact information and one of our staff will contact you to arrange your telephone consultation.Learn More