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Winnipeg Uncontested Divorce Lawyers
We are a well-regarded legal team that provides cooperative and/or collaborative representation to clients in Manitoba and surrounding communities.
If you are looking to resolve your matter without the need for litigation, the lawyers at Visionary Law can assist with their extensive experience helping clients negotiate a cooperative, collaborative and equitable resolutions. Family law files represent about 85% of our practice and we have a legal service delivery model that is unique. Want to know more about what makes us unique? Click Why Us.
- Transparency by providing you access to your file 24/7 and regular updates on your file’s activity in real time
- Cost reduction methods
- Timely and direct lawyer-client communication through our secure portal
What is a Separation Agreement?
A Separation Agreement is a contract between you and your estranged partner that sets out all of the agreements reached in a comprehensive and easy-to-read document. A Separation Agreement can give you everything the Court can give you, with the exception of a Divorce Judgment, and more. Separation Agreements allow parties to customize their affairs in a manner that is fair to them and can contain solutions that the legislation does not provide.
Separation Agreements commonly include provisions relative to:
- Children: custody and care and control
- Support: whether for children or for a spouse
- Family Property: who keeps what assets and debts and what to do with the family home
But can include any other provisions that your family may need such as what happens with the family pet and how to share the family cottage if both parties want it to go to the kids.
What do we do?
A well-crafted Separation Agreement, particularly where there are children, forms the foundation of your relationship with your estranged partner for years to come and, when it comes to property and support, has a significant impact on your long-term financial health.
The lawyers at Visionary Law get to know your unique circumstances by collecting details from you regarding your assets, debts and income, and by asking pertinent questions to better understand your needs and the needs of your family. Once we have accumulated the necessary information we draft a proposal letter or an agreement for presentation to your estranged partner. We cooperate with the other lawyer, or self-represented party, to come to terms and, once terms are agreed to, we ensure that the Agreement is properly executed and that certain terms, such as the transfer of a family home or payment of an equalization payment, are fulfilled.
What is an Uncontested Divorce/Order?
If you require a divorce or court order and your estranged spouse agrees, the judgment or order can be secured without the need of either of you to attend at court and with minimal cost. Uncontested divorces or orders often follow the execution of a lawyer-drawn Separation Agreement wherein we ensure that questions the court may have are addressed. Uncontested divorces or securing of a court order can also occur after a long period of estrangement where your affairs have been divided to your mutual satisfaction and/or your children are adults, or where you are unable to locate the other party and they are not interested in the outcome of the proceedings.
What do we do?
A divorce judgment or court order brings finality and certainty to your affairs and gives you a platform to move forward knowing that your status has been endorsed by the court. Often these court issued documents are needed for financial and travel purposes and a divorce is, of course, needed in order to remarry.
The lawyers at Visionary Law get to know your unique circumstances by collecting details from you to determine if uncontested proceedings are an option for you by asking pertinent questions. Once we have determined that uncontested proceedings are in fact an option we prepare the necessary court documents for filing and service on the other party. Where applicable, we cooperate with the other lawyer, or self-represented party, to come to terms and, presuming there continues to be no contest we complete further court documents that will be filed with the court to persuade the judge that your divorce or order should be granted.
What is Collaborative Law?
Collaborative Law is a formal process that parties enter with lawyers trained in collaborative law.
A differentiating feature of this process over a cooperative model is that the parties and their lawyers enter into a contract wherein they commit to resolving their affairs cooperatively, without litigation, and if the process breaks down neither lawyer can continue to represent their client and new counsel must be retained by both parties.
The goal of this agreement is to create an environment where the parties feel freer to share sensitive information knowing that the other lawyer would not be privy to this information if matters end up in court.
What do we do?
Collaborative Law allows you and your partner to come to terms of an agreement without the threat of litigation looming. Once you engage in the process you have a team of professionals, including where needed lawyers, parenting coaches, and child specialists, supporting you as you negotiate respectfully with the other party. The end goal of the process is to comes to the terms of a Separation Agreement.
That said collaborative law is not well-suited to all persons and situations. The lawyers at Visionary Law get to know your unique circumstances and, by asking pertinent questions, help you decide if collaborative law is the right process for you. Once we have determined that your situation is compatible we work with you, the other party and lawyer, and any other professionals engaged to assist in the process, to come to an agreement that will ultimately be distilled into a Separation Agreement.
We offer a 30 minutes consultation* where we will listen to your scenario and discuss possible action and the time and costs involved in resolving the issues you describe through a separation agreement. There is no obligation to retain our services. The goal of the consultation is to give you an option to check whether our people and processes fit your expectations as a client.
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