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Family Law 101

Family Law 101

Welcome to the ZB blog! ZB is a litigation firm located in Oshawa and Thunder Bay, Ontario. We have 3 lawyers and a law student in those locations to assist you with your legal needs.

Welcome to the ZB blog! ZB is a litigation firm located in Oshawa and Thunder Bay, Ontario.  We have 3 lawyers and a law student in those locations to assist you with your legal needs.  If you are going through a separation, we would encourage you to call one of our offices and book an appointment. 

There may be things that you need or want to know ahead of your appointment. In the days to come we hope to blog about many of the issues that arise from a separation.  For now, we will start with the basics.

There are essentially two ways to resolve the issues that arise out a separation.  Generally we would try to negotiate a Separation Agreement on your behalf (and with your active participation).  If it becomes apparent that negotiating an Agreement will not be feasible, we can commence a court action on your behalf to have the Court decide on the issues that need resolution.  Either way, it will be necessary for you to fill out a Financial Statement.  Prior to your first appointment it would be helpful for you to start gathering financial information as we will need to see this documentation during the conduct of your file.  More on this next time.

Also, please ensure that when you come to your first appointment you bring some identification.  You will be given a retainer agreement if you decide that you wish to retain our firm.  Generally, we would not start work on your file until officially retained. 

If you have been served with Court documents please ensure that you bring them with you.  Similarly if you have received a letter from the other lawyer.

The first appointment is very much about us getting to know you and what your specific legal needs are, but it also for you to get to know us. It is important that you are comfortable with your choice of counsel.  We recognize that a separation can be a very stressful time.  It is a good idea for you to write out your questions in advance and bring them with you.  We do find that there is a lot of information that we provide at the first appointment and it can be difficult to retain all of it unless you make notes.