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Family Lawyers in Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Family Lawyers

Our team of family lawyers will help you get through your separation as painlessly as possible.

Whether you are at the beginning, middle or end of a separation process, you are facing difficult decisions that will affect your future. These concerns are often complex and emotionally charged. Without an experienced family lawyer, you may not be able to protect yourself and your family in the areas of conflict or uncertainty that can arise. Financial issues, care of children and relocation issues often reach a crisis at the same time but early protective measures can make the difference between understanding and controlling the process and feeling overwhelmed by the tasks at hand. Divorce is undeniably stressful but we can help.

At Onyx Law Group in Vancouver, we represent clients who are facing a broad range of divorce and family law concerns. Our lawyers are able to assist you in even the most high-conflict or complex family law matters.

Choosing the Right Family Lawyer

Family law encompasses a wide range of legal matters, including divorce, separation, child custody and support, spousal support, division of property, and more. In Vancouver, these issues are governed by both provincial and federal laws, making it important to work with a lawyer who is well-versed in the nuances of Canadian family law.

Selecting the right family lawyer is a personal decision that can significantly impact the outcome of your case and your overall well-being. You should first look for a lawyer or law firm that specializes in family law and has extensive experience in handling cases similar to yours. 

To know if you’re on the right track, check what people are saying online about the various potential lawyers. This will help you make a more guided decision. 

Importantly, it’s important to choose a lawyer whom you feel comfortable sharing personal information with and who communicates clearly and effectively. At Onyx, we have a team of lawyers who employ empathy in all dealing.

Accommodations You Are Entitled To! 

In British Columbia, individuals are entitled to certain accommodations under law to ensure equality and prevent discrimination. The duty to accommodate, as outlined by the Canadian Human Rights Commission, involves adjusting rules, policies, or practices to enable full participation for everyone.

BC law defines specific entitlements regarding the division of family property and debt, as well as spousal and child support. Generally, family property and debt are split equally between spouses upon separation. Family property includes assets accumulated during the marriage or cohabitation, such as real estate, investments, and pensions. Family debt encompasses all financial obligations incurred during the relationship. However, property or assets brought into the marriage by one spouse, inheritances, and gifts from third parties are considered excluded property and are not subject to equal division, although any increase in their value is divisible.

Spousal support can be claimed by both married and common law spouses, with eligibility and the amount determined by various factors, including the length of the relationship and the roles each spouse played during it. Child support is similarly mandated, calculated based on the paying parent’s income, the number of children, and the province of residence, adhering to the Federal Child Support Guidelines​.

Tailored Legal Solutions for Complex Family Matters

Facing family law issues can be emotionally taxing and complex. However, with the right family lawyer by your side, navigating these challenges can become more manageable. When choosing a family lawyer in Vancouver, prioritize experience, reputation, communication, and cost to ensure that your legal needs are met with professionalism and empathy.

Just as your family is like no other family, your solution will be different than any other case. Our lawyers will work with you to craft the best result possible in your circumstances so that you can move forward in your life knowing that you did all you could to know and assert your rights in a very challenging situation.


Our Family Law Lawyers Serving Vancouver

Vancouver Principal Family Law Lawyer Judith Janzen
Family Law

Judith A. Janzen

Principal Lawyer
Rupinder Shoker - Associate Counsel Vancouver
Family Law

Rupinder Shoker

Associate Counsel
Vancouver Family Lawyer Mason Heller
Family Law

Mason Heller

Associate Lawyer



Associate Lawyer



Associate Lawyer



Associate Counsel 

Each client deserves our undivided attention and will be made to feel valued and heard. When clients place their trust in Onyx as their advocate, they can be sure that we will represent them with vigilance, compassion and professionalism.

Asset Division
Our lawyers are able to bring a team together to coordinate all aspects of a business and property valuation. It is important for you to have the right professionals involved from the beginning as asset division can be complex. It is only through determining what the parties own separately and together that a fair result can be achieved.
If you need a divorce order as part of your family law solutions, we can help. This is one of the last matters to be dealt with after a relationship breakdown, if it is even necessary at all. Most often, other pressing issues require immediate attention such as financial protection and arrangements relating to children.
Child Support
The matter of child support is a key facet in ensuring the continuity of your child’s social, educational and recreational pursuits. We will ensure that you know your child’s rights to financial support and that they are protected to the best of our ability.
Spousal Support
We have extensive experience in working with the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines and will give you clear and understandable advice about how spousal support will apply to your post separation life.
Co-Parenting Responsibilities
We are passionate about protecting children from the negative effects of divorce as best we can and will work with child specialists, doctors and counsellors to ensure that your voice is heard and that your child’s voice is heard in this very emotional process.
Premarital and Cohabitation Agreements
We can help you craft a document that respectfully crystallizes your future rights and obligations. It is important to draw on legal expertise to prepare an agreement so that it has the best chance of being upheld in the future.

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650 West Georgia Street
Suite 1215 - The Scotia Tower
Vancouver, BC  V6B 4N9

T (604) 900 2538
F (604) 900 2539

New Westminster

26 Fourth Street
Suite 100
New Westminster, BC  V3L 5M4

T (604) 900 2538
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Suite 1100
Kelowna, BC  V1Y 0B5

T (604) 900-2538
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