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Divorce and separation are traumatic and a difficult decision for a couple and their family. Our challenge as family law lawyers and mediators is to help our clients and their families move forward from some of the darkest times resulting from their separation and divorce with compassion and with care. If you are experiencing a relationship or marriage breakdown, you may have many questions about your separation or
Couples can consciously decide to work together to avoid the conflict and adversarial nature of a divorce by recognizing that their partners in intimate relationships help them to evolve their internal, emotional, and spiritual support structure. These couples can experience what many sociologists and family professionals call a conscious uncoupling based on a wholistic approach to the law. The concept is rooted in how couples can decide to end relationships amicably through interest-based conversations and negotiation using self-reflection, mutual respect, and emotional intelligence while also recognizing the needs of the children involved to resolve their disputes and come up with a plan to move forward without having to go to court.
Transitioning to and promoting peacekeeping and healing within the legal profession through alternative dispute resolution processes that look at the needs of the whole family allows the client to obtain the best advice and assistance from legal, financial, and family professionals that focuses on the healing and well-being of the client and their family after separation.
Since the arrival of COVID-19, the Unified Family Court in Waterloo Region and throughout Ontario has changed the way that they deal with and hear cases. The court is now hearing a variety of matters by Zoom video conference including conferences, motions, and some virtual trials. The court has indicated that they will continue to hear matters by Zoom video conference for the foreseeable future. There may be considerable delay in having a non-urgent case heard, especially for those cases requiring an in-person hearing or trial. During this unprecedented time, our Kitchener family law lawyers and mediators encourage you to explore methods of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) including counsel assisted negotiation, mediation and collaborative family law to resolve your disputes and negotiate fair and reasonable settlements, and we offer those services. There are very few cases that cannot be resolved outside of court appearances through mediation and arbitration by applying an interest-based approach to conflict resolution.
As experienced Kitchener family law lawyers and mediators, we will work with you to learn all about your family, your children and their needs and your concerns. We will work together to advance your interests and the children's best interests. We are assisting clients by teleconference, email, and virtually through Zoom video conference in all areas of practise. We offer in-person attendance when circumstances require with all COVID-19 safety protocols in place.
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You may have recently separated and are involved in a turbulent dispute over child custody and access. Perhaps you need assistance with a complex property division? Our experienced Kitchener family law lawyers will be the effective legal support system that you require. At your time of need, you can trust our dedicated family law lawyers to provide timely and effective legal advice and representation. Our ultimate goal is obtaining the best results for you. Whether that is a fair negotiated settlement without going to court, or as skilled litigators who will strategically advocate for your interests and your children's best interests in the family court, our team will be the advocates that you need to help you begin a new chapter in your life.
Your separation does not have to be costly and emotionally draining.
We are going to let you in on an industry secret. Many family law lawyers are trained and skilled at creating further conflict in adversarial actions between spouses and families, which are not only costly financially and emotionally to you, but can also be damaging to your children. There are many reasons for this approach, but usually it boils down to making money for the firm as a first priority with the clients’ best interests coming second.
At our Kitchener law firm, our approach is different: we put the best interests of our clients first and we promote reasonable settlement – in and out of the court. We apply a strategic, methodical, and interest-based approach to conflict resolution. It is most important to our firm that we assist you in resolving your dispute favourably and at the earliest opportunity. Furthermore, we have the knowledge and experience in family court to often resolve your court case without the need for a costly trial. At Sherman Law LLP, we seek to move families forward toward healing, to provide our clients with a measure of security and stability in the midst of uncertainty, and to always advance children’s best interests.
Separation agreements and parenting plans based on mutual respect and fairness.
Separation agreements and parenting plans need not be adversarial. We know that you can draft your agreements based on mutual respect and fairness; it is all in the approach and the plan you create. We help you create the right plan at the earliest opportunity to settle your disputes on favourable terms. Together, we will develop a strategy and decide the correct approach to move forward with your case. We have assisted hundreds of clients in drafting separation agreements that accomplished their goals without the need to ever have to go to court. We frequently have our clients work with a family professional to prepare parenting plans especially in collaborative and out-of-court negotiations.
At Sherman Law LLP, we are committed to finding the best solutions for you and your family. The difference between ineffective family law lawyers and the family law lawyers at our firm is our ability to use a variety of creative legal strategies to resolve conflict. That's why we make use of negotiation, collaborative family law, and mediation to resolve your dispute out of court.
Family law for the modern family. Because your family is unique.
We practise family law for every kind of modern family including blended families and same-sex couples. Everyone is welcome at our firm. We provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for you to share your concerns and intimate parts of your life. We represent clients in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes, such as negotiations, mediations, arbitrations and collaborative family law. We also assist clients at trial or on appeal, if court involvement becomes necessary.
Research shows that couples who choose to avoid the courts and use ADR processes are able to resolve their disputes quicker and with lower legal fees than the traditional litigation and court process. Our role as a trusted legal advisor is to not only ensure clients understand the law and options available to them, but also as a healing profession where they have the resources and tools that they need to heal from the separation in a healthy and productive way.
Because no two families are the same, we apply an individualized and creative approach to our clients’ separation and divorce. We understand that every case and every family is unique, and we are ready to put our breadth of experience and knowledge at your service.
Family law lawyers must be adaptable to process and strategy. If we find that our recommendations are not working for your family, we will adapt our approach or bring in a third party or expert for assistance in continuing to move you forward through the separation process towards resolution.
Our initial consultations in family law are helpful and informative.
We offer a one-hour paid comprehensive initial family law consultation for you to meet in person or by Zoom video conference with an experienced family law lawyer from our firm. We spend time getting to know you, and you can discuss your concerns, objectives, interests, uncertainties and emotions. And we will listen. Then we provide you with information and worksheets that you need. We know that clients come to us for good advice, and that is exactly what we will offer based on our years of experience in helping others in similar situations.
During your consultation, we will provide you with a clear understanding of your legal rights and obligations, so that you can move forward from your separation with confidence that you are making the best possible decisions for you and your family. But that is only one part of the process. We believe that each client must also examine their relationship with their spouse and their children, and their interests, goals, and beliefs. The insight provided by these advanced methods of understanding allows for creative and collaborative problem solving.
At the end of your consultation, you will know where you legally stand, have discussed your interests and goals, and feel confident that you have all of the information you require to make an informed decision that we are the right law firm for you. Most importantly, you will have the confidence that our team has the experience to achieve favourable results on your behalf, and solutions that are best for your family.
For over 40 years, clients have trusted in our ability to explain their rights and obligations in a separation or a divorce. There are few family law problems that we have not assisted clients in previously resolving. We are confident that you will appreciate our professional and personalized service. We invite you to browse our website and read the positive things others have to say about us. To benefit from our knowledge and experience with respect to family law, as part of your separation or divorce, please contact
519-884-0034 or send us an email. Many of our clients are referred to us by former and current clients, as well as by lawyers, accountants, and financial advisors. We serve clients in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph and surrounding areas.
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