Online Divorce Help & Resources

What the cost of divorce is and how it relates to you.
How divorce law varies by province.
Learn about common facts & stats.
Resources to help you plan for life after divorce.

Conflict Coaching Services

We provide personal & business coaching for conflict & communication issues. Our world class resolution experts can help coach you through the complexities of family business law, the cost of divorce to businesses and help you support employees going through divorce

Seminars & Workshops

Our public & private workshops teach people across the nation about all matters of divorce such as Family Businesses, Family Estate Succession, the Cost of Divorce to Businesses, Empowering the HR Department to Help Employees Handle Divorce & Conflict Coaching

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Divorce and Mediation

At Fairway Divorce Solutions®, we use a proprietary, step-by-step conflict resolution, Independently Negotiated Resolution™ (INR) model that is designed to take you and your spouse through a process that brings resolution in all areas of divorce in a less expensive and time consuming way. We know that every situation is different, whether it is straightforward, complex or high conflict our process accommodates your specific needs. We believe we have the experience and results to prove that the Fairway is a better way to approach divorce.
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Divorce and Mediation

At Fairway Divorce Solutions®, we use a proprietary, step-by-step conflict resolution, Independently Negotiated Resolution™ (INR) model that is designed to take you and your spouse through a process that brings resolution in all areas of divorce in a less expensive and time consuming way. We know that every situation is different, whether it is straightforward, complex or high conflict our process accommodates your specific needs. We believe we have the experience and results to prove that the Fairway is a better way to approach divorce.

The Traditional System VS The Fairway Process™

Divorce Judgement Granted
Possible Appeal
File Divorce Documents
Judgement
Trial
Chambers Application
Divorce Undertakings
Examination for Discoveries
Counter Affidavits
Serve Affidavits
Interim Applications
Correspond Between Lawyers Legalized
Receive Statement of Defense Comprehensive Parenting Plan
Serve Spouse Spousal/Child Support Plan
File Court Documents Division of Assets
File Court Documents Collection & Agree on Numbers
Retainer Engage Parties for Win-Win
Traditional Way
Fairway
Thousands of
Dollars & Time

The Traditional Process VS The Fairway Process™

Divorce Judgement Granted
Possible Appeal
File Divorce Documents
Judgement
Trial
Chambers Application
Divorce Undertakings
Examination for Discoveries
Counter Affidavits
Serve Affidavits
Interim Applications
Correspond Between Lawyers Legalized
Receive Statement of Defense Comprehensive Parenting Plan
Serve Spouse Spousal/Child Support Plan
File Court Documents Division of Assets
File Court Documents Collection & Agree on Numbers
Retainer Engage Parties for Win-Win
Thousands of
Dollars & Time
Traditional Way
Fairway
The Traditional Process VS The Fairway Process™
Divorce Judgement Granted
Possible Appeal
File Divorce Documents
Judgement
Trial
Chambers Application
Divorce Undertakings
Examination for Discoveries
Counter Affidavits
Serve Affidavits
Interim Applications
Correspond Between Lawyers Legalized
Receive Statement of Defense Comprehensive Parenting Plan
Serve Spouse Spousal/Child Support Plan
File Court Documents Division of Assets
File Court Documents Collection & Agree on Numbers
Retainer Engage Parties for Win-Win
Traditional Way
Fairway
Thousands of
Dollars & Time

Mediation/Resolution Experts

Mediation

Mediation and other non-litigious ways of resolving conflict are quickly becoming the preferred method for families to resolve disputes and negotiate a settlement with concrete results. Traditionally, mediation was thought to only be successful for those who were amicable but Fairway’s proprietary, step-by-step, Independently Negotiated Resolution™ (INR) model is designed to bring resolution from simple to complex, friendly to conflicted. Our approach may include Lawyers, Accountants, Business Valuations, Estate Planners and others who are kept on task and on target so that you and your family get the best possible outcome, preserving assets, relationships and protecting children.


Traditional Process: Lawyer vs Lawyer
CLIENTS & EXPERTS NOT FOCUSED ON RESOLUTION
TRADITIONAL MEDIATION ALL

  • Adversarial position bargaining
  • Pitting each party against each other thereby increasing legal fees
  • Using emotional distress and difficult life event to fuel fights
  • Expensive experts having to prepare for court battles
  • Affidavits filled with perception labeled as fact that you can never take back
Our Proprietary Fairway Process:
CLIENTS & EXPERTS ALL FOCUSED ON RESOLUTION
NOT TRADITIONAL MEDIATION AT ALL

  • A step by step process that takes each person by the hand through each step
  • Empowering decision makers by ensuring each party moves through the process independently of each other so you can focus on your kids, career and moving on while we focus on driving the process
  • Outside experts ie business valuators, pension valuators and accountants held on task and focused on ensuring sounds decisions
  • Ensures that one person cannot bully the other
  • Parties negotiate separately to ensure their personal best interests are met
Traditional Process: Lawyer vs Lawyer
  • Adversarial position bargaining
  • Pitting each party against each other thereby increasing legal fees
  • Using emotional distress and difficult life event to fuel fights
  • Expensive experts having to prepare for court battles
  • Affidavits filled with perception labeled as fact that you can never take back
Our Proprietary Fairway Process: Clients and Experts all focused on Resolution
NOT TRADITIONAL MEDIATION AT ALL

  • A step by step process that takes each person by the hand through each step
  • Empowering decision makers by ensuring each party moves through the process independently of each other so you can focus on your kids, career and moving on while we focus on driving the process
  • Outside experts ie business valuators, pension valuators and accountants held on task and focused on ensuring sounds decisions
  • Ensures that one person cannot bully the other
  • Parties negotiate separately to ensure their personal best interests are met

Family & Private Business Mediation

Why struggle with conflict that will only hurt the business and relationships?

Our Business Resolution Experts specialize in the full spectrum of conflict resolution in organizations with in-depth knowledge and skills on how to resolve systems, team, leadership and individual conflicts that impede business. Fairway guides entrepreneurs, medium and large companies, with particular emphasis on family enterprises struggling with succession, growth and mergers.

Our experienced team provides a big picture approach to appropriate levels of intervention and resolution. We provide:

    • Insight into underlying issues and the change required to support a culture of performance.
    • Leadership Conflict Resolution systems to engage and inspire your front line and senior management
    • Education that transforms your workplace conflict into productive solutions and commitments to help your business grow to its full capacity

 

Our Business Resolution Systems at Fairway will:

 

    • Identify the source of the conflict, the contributing factors and how to neutralize them
    • Coach stakeholders on the required change needed to resolve the issues
    • Educate leaders and employees on effective communication and productive conflict management behavior
    • Integrate the systems that work for and against resolution in a business

Fairway Business Systems Resolution is an advocacy, education, action service that works with you, not on you to reveal your capacity for managing conflict, change, and business outcomes.

Family & Private Business Mediation

Why struggle with conflict that will only hurt the business and relationships?

Our Business Resolution Experts specialize in the full spectrum of conflict resolution in organizations with in-depth knowledge and skills on how to resolve systems, team, leadership and individual conflicts that impede business. Fairway guides entrepreneurs, medium and large companies, with particular emphasis on family enterprises struggling with succession, growth and mergers.

Our experienced team provides a big picture approach to appropriate levels of intervention and resolution. We provide:

    • Insight into underlying issues and the change required to support a culture of performance.
    • Leadership Conflict Resolution systems to engage and inspire your front line and senior management
    • Education that transforms your workplace conflict into productive solutions and commitments to help your business grow to its full capacity

 

Our Business Resolution Systems at Fairway will:

 

    • Identify the source of the conflict, the contributing factors and how to neutralize them
    • Coach stakeholders on the required change needed to resolve the issues
    • Educate leaders and employees on effective communication and productive conflict management behavior
    • Integrate the systems that work for and against resolution in a business

Fairway Business Systems Resolution is an advocacy, education, action service that works with you, not on you to reveal your capacity for managing conflict, change, and business outcomes.


Self Representing

Sometimes, unfortunately, you cannot get your spouse to the negotiating table. Self-representing in matrimonial issues is reasonably common. In fact, the number of people choosing to represent themselves is well above 50% in some provinces. There are several reasons for this movement, including:
  • They have lost faith in the traditional system of divorce resolution.
  • They cannot justify the legal costs and the destruction of their assets.
  • They feel they can represent themselves better than a lawyer can.
  • They feel litigation involving lawyers promotes the continuation of disputes and increases conflict.
  • They don’t trust the system will deliver a fair outcome.

When your spouse refuses do anything other than hire a lawyer to fight. Then you do have an option that does not involve you doing that same, which will likely involve many years of fighting, large fees and endless stress.

The number of people who are choosing to self-represent is over 60% in Ontario and topping 50% in some of the other provinces. People know that hiring lawyers to deal with your divorce is going to be expensive but they believe that is the only way to ensure their “rights” are protected. While for some this may be the case, this is not the case for most. The laws in Canada are good. It used to be that your divorce outcome would very much depend on the lawyer you hired and the judge you were assigned, however that is simply not the case anymore. The goals posts between your outcomes are actually quite narrow as the laws today are well articulated and set out. You may be wasting a lot of money and time for an outcome that could have been achieved in a much less damaging way. Buyer Beware.

If, however, your spouse is unwilling to use the Fairway Process you may hire Fairway to assist you in self-representing; an established process where you act on your own behalf before the court. This is your right so do not let anyone tell you otherwise. While this is not our first choice for you it is better than the alternative.

Fairway’s Self-Representing Support Division will:

  • Provide you guidance on how to prepare for court- gathering documents and financial proposal preparation
  • Helping you understand the process
  • Help you ensure all your paper work is completed
  • Prepare you with an understanding of the legal system
  • Faiway Self-Reprentation Workshop – call for information
  • And more..

Traditional System

  • If you are looking to be vindicated in divorce court – this is not going to happen
  • Lawyers pitting each parent against each other will impact your future negatively – do not fool yourself
  • Lawyers and Judges will never know your case and life like you do or care as much
  • People have lost faith in the current system and do not trust it
  • People can no longer afford or justify the financial and personally devastation that fighting with lawyers causes

Represent yourself with Fairway’s help

  • You can do it – if your spouse will not use the Fairway Process. It is your right
  • You know your facts better than anyone else
  • You can keep things on task and on target
  • Our system must accommodate you
A person who chooses to self-represent is basically acting on one’s own behalf before the court. If your spouse will not mediate and you are now choosing to go down the path of self-representation, there are ways Fairway can support you:
  • By providing assistance with gathering disclosure documents and financial proposal preparation
  • Fairway Self-representation workshop
  • Prepare you with an understanding of the legal system

Self Representing

Sometimes, unfortunately, you cannot get your spouse to the negotiating table. Self-representing in matrimonial issues is reasonably common. In fact, the number of people choosing to represent themselves is well above 50% in some provinces. There are several reasons for this movement, including:
  • They have lost faith in the traditional system of divorce resolution.
  • They cannot justify the legal costs and the destruction of their assets.
  • They feel they can represent themselves better than a lawyer can.
  • They feel litigation involving lawyers promotes the continuation of disputes and increases conflict.
  • They don’t trust the system will deliver a fair outcome.

When your spouse refuses do anything other than hire a lawyer to fight. Then you do have an option that does not involve you doing the same, which will likely involve many years of fighting, large fees and endless stress.

The number of people who are choosing to self-represent is over 60% in Ontario and topping 50% in some of the other provinces. People know that hiring lawyers to deal with your divorce is going to be expensive but they believe that is the only way to ensure their “rights” are protected. While for some this may be the case, this is not the case for most. The laws in Canada are good. It used to be that your divorce outcome would very much depend on the lawyer you hired and the judge you were assigned, however that is simply not the case anymore. The goals posts between your outcomes are actually quite narrow as the laws today are well articulated and set out. You may be wasting a lot of money and time for an outcome that could have been achieved in a much less damaging way. Buyer Beware.

If, however, your spouse is unwilling to use the Fairway Process you may hire Fairway to assist you in self-representing; an established process where you act on your own behalf before the court.

Fairway’s Self-Representing Support Division will:
  • Provide you guidance on how to prepare for court- gathering documents and financial proposal preparation
  • Helping you understand the process
  • Help you ensure all your paper work is completed
  • Prepare you with an understanding of the legal system
  • Faiway Self-Reprentation Workshop – call for information
  • And more..

Traditional System

  • If you are looking to be vindicated in divorce court – this is not going to happen
  • Lawyers pitting each Parent against each other will impact your future negatively – do not fool yourself
  • Lawyers and Judges will never know your case and life like you do or care as much
  • People have lost faith in the current system and do not trust it
  • People can no longer afford or justify the financial and personally devastation that fighting with lawyers causes

Represent yourself with Fairway’s help

  • You can do it – if your spouse will not use the Fairway Process. It is your right
  • You know your facts better than anyone else
  • You can keep things on task and on target
  • Our system must accommodate you
A person who chooses to self-represent is basically acting on one’s own behalf before the court. If your spouse will not mediate and you are now choosing to go down the path of self-representation, there are ways Fairway can support you:
  • By providing assistance with gathering disclosure documents and financial proposal preparation
  • Fairway Self-representation workshop
  • Prepare you with an understanding of the legal system

Spousal Support

Spousal support is often the most contentious and feared topic of all matrimonial negotiations. While the results can vary depending on negotiations and/or a Judges ruling. The outcome is likely going to be within the ranges set out by the Federal Support Guidelines. There are many ways to structure the payments including fixed, variable, lump sum, monthly, etc. an experienced negotiator will assist in resolving this matter so that both parties can move on feeling empowered and that the foundation is being laid for a secure future.

Spousal Support

Spousal support is often the most contentious and feared topic of all matrimonial negotiations. This area is complicated and the results can vary depending on negotiations and/or a Judges ruling. The outcome is likely going to be within the ranges set out by the Federal Support Guidelines. There are many ways to structure the payments including fixed, variable, lump sum, monthly, etc. an experienced negotiator will assist in resolving this matter so that both parties can move on feeling empowered and that the foundation is being laid for a secure future.

Child support is a monthly payment designed to provide financial support for the benefit of dependent children. Since it is considered the “right” of the child, any deviation from the guidelines is seldom warranted. The child support guidelines, and to some degree “Section 7’s”, are based on the payer’s income or the difference between the two parents income if there is equal residential care. If there is a dispute, it is usually in the determination of income and therefore our team of experts works with the parties to ensure accurate income numbers for purposes of calculating child support.

Traditional System

  • Take an already contentious issue and make it worse
  • Belittle those who have not contributed as much to the financial pie in the marriage
  • Don’t consider the lack of or motiviation of the payer to continue working and how the outcome may impact the future
  • Use scare and threatening tactics
  • Tell their client what they want to hear and not what they really need to hear therefore dragging things out needlessly

Represent yourself with Fairway’s help

  • Focuses on educating both the payor and payee on options and the consequences of each outcome
  • Looks at the long-term implications of different scenarios
  • Considers what each party needs so that they are both motivated for their futures
  • Looks at outcomes in the courts across Canada to ensure clients are making well informed decisions
  • Ensure that by the time you get to an outcome you feel treated fairly and your self esteem is left in tack
  • Ensure that the payor is motivated to continue working

Traditional System

  • Take an already contentious issue and make it worse
  • Belittle those who have not contributed as much to the financial pie in the marriage
  • Don’t consider the lack of or motiviation of the payer to continue working and how the outcome may impact the future
  • Use scare and threatening tactics
  • Tell their client what they want to hear and not what they really need to hear therefore dragging things out needlessly

Represent yourself with Fairway’s help

  • Focuses on educating both the payor and payee on options and the consequences of each outcome
  • Looks at the long-term implications of different scenarios
  • Considers what each party needs so that they are both motivated for their futures
  • Looks at outcomes in the courts across Canada to ensure clients are making well informed decisions
  • Ensure that by the time you get to an outcome you feel treated fairly and your self esteem is left in tack
  • Ensure that the payor is motivated to continue working

Child Support

Child support is a monthly payment designed to provide financial support for the benefit of dependent children. Since it is considered the “right” of the child, any deviation from the guidelines is seldom warranted. The child support guidelines, and to some degree “Section 7’s”, are based on the payer’s income or the difference between the two parents income if there is equal residential care. If there is a dispute, it is usually in the determination of income and therefore our team of experts works with the parties to ensure accurate income numbers for purposes of calculating child support.

Fairway can either help you recalculate if you need a review or we are here to help you determine the incomes. Or you can simply use the online calculator.

Child Support Calculator

Child Support

Child support is a monthly payment designed to provide financial support for the benefit of dependent children. Since it is considered the “right” of the child, any deviation from the guidelines is seldom warranted. The child support guidelines, and to some degree “Section 7’s”, are based on the payer’s income or the difference between the two parents income if there is equal residential care. If there is a dispute, it is usually in the determination of income and therefore our team of experts works with the parties to ensure accurate income numbers for purposes of calculating child support.

Fairway can either help you recalculate if you need a review or we are here to help you determine the incomes.

Traditional System

  • Uses children as pawns
  • Gets distracted by parenting conflict rather than focusing on figuring out the incomes so that the simple calculation can be made
  • Uses percentage of parenting time to control child support payments (that was never the case when the guidelines were created in Canada)
  • Does not really put children first
  • Threats to remove children from past activities or schools
  • Impact major and often unnecessary changes to children's lives
  • Ignores economic changes in the country

Our Results

  • Takes into consideration everyone's needs
  • Based on the Child Support Guidelines – determine income numbers such that the payments are fair but designed to align with parents receiving their income ie(PSUs, RSU’s Bonus, commission’s)
  • Works with both parties to determine what they can afford given that two house holds are more expensive to run than one
  • Setting children up for a future of success both in relationship and in career
  • Having children enjoy their sports and other activities without feeling deprived due to divorce
  • Ensuring children see parents putting kids first… difference second or not present
  • Ensuring children come first but not at the expense of the wellbeing of their parents

Traditional System

  • Uses children as pawns
  • Gets distracted by parenting conflict rather than focusing on figuring out the incomes so that the simple calculation can be made
  • Uses percentage of parenting time to control child support payments (that was never the case when the guidelines were created in Canada)
  • Does not really put children first
  • Threats to remove children from past activities or schools
  • Impact major and often unnecessary changes to children's lives
  • Ignores economic changes in the country

Our Results

  • Takes into consideration everyone's needs
  • Based on the Child Support Guidelines – determine income numbers such that the payments are fair but designed to align with parents receiving their income ie(PSUs, RSU’s Bonus, commission’s)
  • Works with both parties to determine what they can afford given that two house holds are more expensive to run than one
  • Setting children up for a future of success both in relationship and in career
  • Having children enjoy their sports and other activities without feeling deprived due to divorce
  • Ensuring children see parents putting children first… difference second or not present
  • Ensuring children come first but not at the expense of the wellbeing of their parents

Division of Property & Assets

Financial disputes are usually the main cause of long drawn out litigation and court battles. In divorce cases where financial assets and property have to be divided, we believe that it is crucial for the Independently Negotiated Resolution™ (INR) specialist (negotiator) to have financial expertise. Our step-by-step process ensures empowered decisions with regards to the value of all of the assets and division. Our job is not only to help you divide the pie but also to ensure that the way in which it is done will preserve your wealth, protect your assets and provide long term security.

We want your decision to stand the test of time. Given the complexity of many clients’ financial situations (business, trust accounts, options, SARS, shareholder agreements, real estate, family business, etc.) you can not afford to spend time feuding when your time can be better spent analyzing and making sound decisions.

Our resolution experts have a strong financial background to ensure your assets are divided fairly and smartly.

Traditional System

  • Lack of Understanding of the consideration of long term financial implications
  • Lack of Financial Expertise
  • Looks at children as Percentages vs well laid out parenting plans putting emotional charge on financial decisions
  • Affadavits back and forth causing chaos and misprepresenting facts to back one side
  • Using money to hold back access to children
  • Legal bills and length of case based on amount of assets and ability to pay

Fairway's System

  • Protecting your assets so they are split in two and not in three
  • Ensuring you understand the entire financial picture
  • Agreeing on values before you decide who gets what
  • Using experts to determine values so avoiding needless fighting
  • No need for long drawn out expensive disclosures
  • Involving accountants and tax experts for sound decision making
  • Considering both short and long term implications of financial division
  • Empowering those who are less comfortable with numbers and financial decisions

Division of Property & Assets

Financial disputes are usually the main cause of long drawn out litigation and court battles. In divorce cases where financial assets and property have to be divided, we believe that it is crucial for the Independently Negotiated Resolution™ (INR) specialist (negotiator) to have financial expertise. Our step-by-step process ensures empowered decisions with regards to the value of all of the assets and division. Our job is not only to help you divide the pie but also to ensure that the way in which it is done will preserve your wealth, protect your assets and provide long term security.

We want your decision to stand the test of time. Given the complexity of many clients’ financial situations (business, trust accounts, options, SARS, shareholder agreements, real estate, family business, etc.) you can not afford to spend time feuding when your time can be better spent analyzing and making sound decisions.

Our resolution experts have a strong financial background to ensure your assets are divided fairly and smartly.

Traditional System

  • Lack of Understanding of the consideration of long term financial implications
  • Lack of Financial Expertise
  • Looks at kids as Percentages vs well laid out parenting plansPutting emotional charge on financial decisions
  • Affadavits back and forth causing chaos and misprepresenting facts to back one side
  • Using money to hold back access to kids
  • Legal bills and length of case based on amount of assets and ability to pay

Fairway's System

  • Protecting your assets so they are split in two and not in three
  • Ensuring you understand the entire financial picture
  • Agreeing on values before you decide who gets what
  • Using experts to determine values so avoiding needless fighting
  • No need for long drawn out expensive disclosures
  • Involving accountants and tax experts for sound decision making
  • Considering both short and long term implications of financial division
  • Empowering those who are less comfortable with numbers and financial decisions

Parenting/Custody

At Fairway we are passionate about protecting children. We believe that children can thrive and remain well balanced while moving through the process of divorce. Our negotiators work closely with you and your spouse to ensure that you have a parenting plan that satisfies all members of the family. Our Fairway Parenting Plans are very comprehensive and will provide you and your spouse a road map for raising well-adjusted, confident children.

Fairway also provides Parenting Coordination Services. Our team of Parenting Coordinators provides parents involved in high-conflict disputes the consistent, ongoing direction of a single qualified professional using a less adversarial dispute resolution process.

When parents are faced with difficult parenting decisions or are unable to agree on co-parenting decisions, a coordinator can assist you in dealing with a variety of issues:

  • Parenting and Holiday Schedule
  • Selecting medical personnel or professional
  • Education
  • Choice of extra curricular activities
  • Section 7 (extraordinary) expenses
  • Religion

Traditional System

  • Use children to position bargain – financial control vs parenting control
  • Down plays bad parents when truly the case
  • Looks at children as Percentages vs well laid out parenting plans
  • Uses child assessment exports to decide about how your children will be raised vs the parents
  • Will make you feel like divorce is a crime vs a sad and hard event in your file

Fairway's System

  • Preserving your relationship (even if you don’t like or trust each other) so that you can parent together
  • Providing communication strategies to set you both of up successful parenting
  • Establishing a plan that is both short and long term that works for all family members
  • Providing communication strategies to set you both of up successful parenting
  • Ensuring your children are not victims of divorce
  • Not providing a process that allows for a tug of war between money and children
  • Setting you up to be the best you can be as a single parent moving forward

Parenting/Custody

At Fairway we are passionate about protecting children. We believe that children can thrive and remain well balanced while moving through the process of divorce. Our negotiators work closely with you and your spouse to ensure that you have a parenting plan that satisfies all members of the family. Our Fairway Parenting Plans are very comprehensive and will provide you and your spouse a road map for raising well-adjusted, confident children.

Fairway also provides Parenting Coordination Services. Our team of Parenting Coordinators provides parents involved in high-conflict disputes the consistent, ongoing direction of a single qualified professional using a less adversarial dispute resolution process.

When parents are faced with difficult parenting decisions or are unable to agree on co-parenting decisions, a coordinator can assist you in dealing with a variety of issues:

  • Parenting and Holiday Schedule
  • Selecting medical personnel or professional
  • Education
  • Choice of extra curricular activities
  • Section 7 (extraordinary) expenses
  • Religion

Traditional System

  • Use children to position bargain – financial control vs parenting control
  • Down plays bad parents when truly the case
  • Looks at children as Percentages vs well laid out parenting plans
  • Uses child assessment exports to decide about how your children will be raised vs the parents
  • Will make you feel like divorce is a crime vs a sad and hard event in your file

Fairway's System

  • Preserving your relationship (even if you don’t like or trust each other) so that you can parent together
  • Providing communication strategies to set you both of up successful parenting
  • Establishing a plan that is both short and long term that works for all family members
  • Providing communication strategies to set you both of up successful parenting
  • Ensuring your children are not victims of divorce
  • Not providing a process that allows for a tug of war between money and children
  • Setting you up to be the best you can be as a single parent moving forward

Divorce In Your Province

Divorce VS Separation

There are two components to ending a marital relationship: Separation and Divorce. People often combine these two components, but they are not one in the same.

A "separation" is when a couple decides to live apart due to a relationship break down. The couple may be married, or may not be married but living together like a common-law relationship.

A "divorce" is when a court legally ends a marriage. Only legally married couples can divorce. A common-law relationship does not require a divorce.

Federal and provincial governments are all responsible for Family Law, however, they govern different rules.

Federal Law

Federal family law is called the Divorce Act. The Divorce Act only applies to married couples who have divorced or who have applied to be divorced.

The Divorce Act sets out rules regarding:

  • Grounds for a divorce
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Custody and parenting arrangements for children
As the Divorce Act is a federal law, it applies across Canada. The process of getting a divorce falls under provincial law.

Provincial Laws

Provincial laws also have rules regarding child support, spousal support, and custody and parenting arrangements for children. However, these laws apply when an unmarried or married couple separates but does not apply for a legal divorce.

The laws of a province may be similar to the Divorce Act; however, there could also be important differences that can impact your rights. Therefore, it is important to be educated on divorce and separation in your province.

Some matters that fall under provincial law in both separation and divorce cases are:

  • The administration of justice, which includes:
    • Processing divorce applications
    • Decisions regarding child support, spousal support and child custody
  • Regulations regarding dividing shared property
  • Family justice services such as:
    • Mediation
    • Parenting after separation education
Find out more about Divorce and Separation in your province:

Divorce In Your Province

Divorce VS Separation

There are two components to ending a marital relationship: Separation and Divorce. People often combine these two components, but they are not one in the same.

A "separation" is when a couple decides to live apart due to a relationship break down. The couple may be married, or may not be married but living together like a common-law relationship.

A "divorce" is when a court legally ends a marriage. Only legally married couples can divorce. A common-law relationship does not require a divorce.

Federal and provincial governments are all responsible for Family Law, however they govern different rules.

Federal Law

Federal family law is called the Divorce Act. The Divorce Act only applies to married couples who have divorced or who have applied to be divorced.

The Divorce Act sets out rules regarding:

  • Grounds for a divorce
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Custody and parenting arrangements for children
As the Divorce Act is a federal law, it applies across Canada. The process of getting a divorce falls under provincial law.

Provincial Laws

Provincial laws also have rules regarding child support, spousal support, and custody and parenting arrangements for children. However, these laws apply when an unmarried or married couple separates but does not apply for a legal divorce.

The laws of a province may be similar to the Divorce Act; however, there could also be important differences that can impact your rights. Therefore, it is important to be educated on divorce and separation in your province.

Some matters that fall under provincial law in both separation and divorce cases are:

  • The administration of justice, which includes:
    • Processing divorce applications
    • Decisions regarding child support, spousal support and child custody
  • Regulations regarding dividing shared property
  • Family justice services such as:
    • Mediation
    • Parenting after separation education
Find out more about Divorce and Separation in your province:

Calculating Costs

How much is your company losing each year when your employees divorce?

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Facts and Stats

Current research and thinking from the world of economics and social sciences highlight a number of conclusions. The most important being:

  • Happily married employees increase profitability
  • Unhappily married employees decrease profitability

Marriage and divorce change dynamically over time

  • Employees are either succeeding in happy relationships or moving towards failing in unhappy relationships

Failing relationships cost companies money

  • Estimates of 6 billion is lost by American businesses due to decreased productivity stemming from marriage and relationship difficulties (Forthofer, Markham, Cox, Stanley & Kessler, 1996)
  • For an average employee making $20/hour, the projected cost of that employee divorcing is over $8,000

Marital problems often cost decreased productivity

  • Divorce can disrupt the productivity of the individual worker for as long as three years (Lavy, 2002)
  • In the year following divorce, employees can lose an average of over 168 hours of work time, equivalent to being absent four weeks

Divorcing employees often have serious health concerns

  • Stress related issues cost corporate American 300 Billion annually (Velasquez-Manoff, 2005)
  • Stress is a two way street between work and home
  • Depressed employees cost companies 44 billion annually (Stewart, Ricci, Chee, Hahn & Morganstein, 2003)
  • Higher Health care costs (increase insurance premiums)
  • Higher Tax liability

Divorce & Estate

Money is the source of most conflict and legal disputes. While temperatures may run high, a calm methodical approach to the resolution of the financial issues will yield the best results for all parties.

At Fairway Divorce Solutions®, our dispute resolution approach is one that addresses all the complexities of the financial picture. This step-by-step process is focused on resolution around division of assets while at the same time maximizing and protecting the assets/estate.

 

Some of the complex financial areas that our experts deal with are:

Divorce & Estate

Money is the source of most conflict and legal disputes. While temperatures may run high, a calm methodical approach to the resolution of the financial issues will yield the best results for all parties.

At Fairway Divorce Solutions®, our dispute resolution approach is one that addresses all the complexities of the financial picture. This step-by-step process is focused on resolution around division of assets while at the same time maximizing and protecting the assets/estate.

Some of the complex financial areas that our experts deal with are:
Money is the source of most conflict and legal disputes. While temperatures may run high, a calm methodical approach to the resolution of the financial issues will yield the best results for all parties.

At Fairway Divorce Solutions®, our dispute resolution approach is one that addresses all the complexities of the financial picture. This step-by-step process is focused on resolution around division of assets while at the same time maximizing and protecting the assets/estate.

Some of the complex financial areas that our experts deal with are:

  • Trust Accounts
  • Businesses and Shareholder Agreements
  • Off Shore Investments
  • Complicated Tax Structures and Issues (holding companies, rollovers, etc.)
  • Real Estate Investments
  • Private Equity Investments
  • Succession Planning
  • Family Business
  • Business Valuations
  • Trust Accounts
  • Businesses and Shareholder Agreements
  • Off Shore Investments
  • Complicated Tax Structures and Issues (holding companies, rollovers, etc.)
  • Real Estate Investments
  • Private Equity Investments
  • Succession Planning
  • Family Business
  • Business Valuations
Our boardroom approach can include lawyers, accountants, estate planners and others who are kept on task and on target so that you and your family get the best possible outcome in this difficult time. We are here to help you lay the foundation for independent futures that preserve your wealth and protect key relationships.
Our boardroom approach can include lawyers, accountants, estate planners and others who are kept on task and on target so that you and your family get the best possible outcome in this difficult time. We are here to help you lay the foundation for independent futures that preserve your wealth and protect key relationships.

Litigation Support

Sometimes you cannot avoid fighting. If you have to engage with lawyers in a legal battle then you can at least keep your costs and vulnerability down by being meticulously prepared and having at least some minor control in the process. With our help you can put together your entire disclosure package and prepare financial offers and settlement proposals from a place of confidence and certainty. We will be the calm in your storm.

Litigation Support

Sometimes you cannot avoid fighting. If you have to engage with lawyers in a legal battle then you can at least keep your costs and vulnerability down by being meticulously prepared and having at least some minor control in the process. With our help you can put together your entire disclosure package and prepare financial offers and settlement proposals from a place of confidence and certainty. We will be the calm in your storm.

Division Proposals

Our CDFAs (Certified Divorce Financial Analysts) will work with you to identify, evaluate and propose financial division, spousal support and child support options. You will be equipped to negotiate from a place of knowledge and certainty giving you the confidence that the best outcome was achieved.

Division Proposals

Our CDFAs (Certified Divorce Financial Analysts) will work with you to identify, evaluate and propose financial division, spousal support and child support options. You will be equipped to negotiate from a place of knowledge and certainty giving you the confidence that the best outcome was achieved.

Life After Divorce Financial Planning

Once you have your half of the pie, it is crucial that you have a financial plan that will allow you to manage your assets to ensure a secure future. All too often, those who are compensated primarily by commissions are eager to grab hold of your assets and deploy them in the market. While proper diversification is appropriate, you need to be equipped with a well documented and thought out financial plan so that you know exactly what risk or lack of risk you can assume when investing. You must ruthlessly protect your financial future. Our qualified financial planners will ensure you have a comprehensive plan that will set out how to make your settlement work best for you with regards to income and investments. Since we do not manage your assets and invest them in the stock market, we have no incentive to steer you in any direction that is not in your best interest. We often see too many people (especially women) who end up losing too much of their settlement due to bad investment advice. Our goal is to prevent that as much as possible.

Life After Divorce Financial Planning

Once you have your half of the pie, it is crucial that you have a financial plan that will allow you to manage your assets to ensure a secure future. All too often, those who are compensated primarily by commissions are eager to grab hold of your assets and deploy them in the market. While proper diversification is appropriate, you need to be equipped with a well documented and thought out financial plan so that you know exactly what risk or lack of risk you can assume when investing. You must ruthlessly protect your financial future. Our qualified financial planners will ensure you have a comprehensive plan that will set out how to make your settlement work best for you with regards to income and investments. Since we do not manage your assets and invest them in the stock market, we have no incentive to steer you in any direction that is not in your best interest. We often see too many people (especially women) who end up losing too much of their settlement due to bad investment advice. Our goal is to prevent that as much as possible.


Phone

If you would like to speak to one of our professionals right now, please phone the number below:

1-866-755-3247

Please note our hours of operation are 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday thru Friday.

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Phone

If you would like to speak to one of our professionals right now, please phone the number below:

1-866-755-3247

Please note our hours of operation are 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday thru Friday.

Book A Consultation & Contact Us