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Best Family Law and Divorce Lawyers in Vancouver

Vancouver Family Law And Divorce Lawyers

With over 12 years in practice, Onyx Law Group’s team of divorce lawyers serving Vancouver is dedicated to helping individuals navigate the often complex and emotionally charged process of separation. Our attorneys have a deep understanding of the legal issues surrounding divorce, including financial disputes, child custody, relocation and more.

Our firm specializes in representing clients in high-conflict and complex divorce cases. Our goal is to empower clients to understand and control the process, rather than feeling overwhelmed by it. We are dedicated to protecting our clients’ rights and interests and ensuring that their needs are met throughout the divorce process.

Whether you are just starting the process or are in the middle of a difficult dispute, Onyx Law Group’s experienced Vancouver divorce lawyers can help you navigate the legal system and achieve a fair resolution for you and your family.


Vancouver Family Law and Divorce Lawyers

Best Divorce Lawyers in Vancouver

With over 12 years in practice, Onyx Law Group’s divorce lawyers serving Vancouver are dedicated to helping you navigate the emotionally charged process of divorce. 

We have a deep understanding of the legal issues surrounding divorce in Vancouver, including financial disputes, child custody, relocation and more.

Our goal is to empower clients to understand and control the process, rather than feeling overwhelmed by it. We specialize in representing clients in high-conflict and complex divorce cases.

Whether you are just starting the process or are in the middle of a difficult dispute, Onyx Law Group’s experienced Vancouver divorce lawyers can help you navigate the legal system and achieve a fair resolution for you and your family.

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The Reality of Divorce in Vancouver, B.C.

Divorce can be one of the most emotionally charged decisions anyone will ever have to confront. As family law specialists, we have guided many individuals through this tumultuous period. 

The decision to end a marriage is rarely clear-cut, and it’s often entangled with deep emotional, familial, and financial considerations. So before making a decision, lets consider some critical reflections and steps to weigh before moving forward with a divorce.

Emotional Assessment

Emotional Assessment

First it’s important to distinguish between a temporary marital strain and irreconcilable differences.

All marriages have their challenges, but not all are meant to end in divorce. Are you going through a rough patch, or have you been unhappy for several years? Is there emotional and/or physical abuse? Safety and mental well-being are priorities, and in such cases, seeking immediate help and considering divorce could be the right step.

Communication and Counseling

Have you exhausted the routes of communication?

A breakdown in communication can make small rifts seem insurmountable. Marriage counseling can offer a mediated environment to voice feelings and concerns, providing tools to rebuild a faltering relationship. Sometimes, the realization that the marriage cannot be saved comes during counseling, and that’s okay too.

Impact on the Family

Impact on the Family

While staying together “for the kids” is a noble concept, it’s essential to discern whether the home environment is healthy or toxic with the marriage in its current state.

Children are perceptive and can be more affected by an environment filled with conflict than by a well-managed co-parenting situation post-divorce.

Legal and Financial Implications

Understanding the legal and financial implications of divorce is crucial. This includes potential spousal support, division of assets/debts, and child support or custody arrangements. 

Preparation for the Next Steps

If divorce seems to be the only resolution, it’s important to prepare.

This includes gathering financial documents, considering living arrangements, and reaching out to a family law attorney. Transitioning from considering divorce to deciding on divorce means shifting from an emotional perspective to a more practical one.

The Process of Divorce in Vancouver

The Process of Divorce in Vancouver

1. Grounds for Divorce

In Canada, you can file for divorce for one of three reasons:

  • Separation for one year with the intention of ending the marriage
  • Adultery
  • Physical or Mental Cruelty

The most common ground is one year of separation, meaning living apart with the intention of ending the marriage. During this period, couples can live in the same home but must live separate lives (eat, sleep, and live separately).

2. Filing for Divorce

Completing and filing a Notice of Family Claim at the Supreme Court registry. The spouse who files for divorce is called the “claimant,” and the other spouse is the “respondent.”

Note: At least one spouse must have lived in British Columbia for at least six months before filing the divorce application.

3. Serving Divorce Papers

After filing the papers with the court, you must serve your spouse with a copy of the filed Notice of Family Claim as the court needs to know that the respondent has been officially informed of the divorce proceedings.

4. Response from Spouse

Response from Spouse

After being served, your spouse has 30 days to respond (if they live in Canada) by filing a Response to Family Claim.

If your spouse doesn’t respond within the set timeframe, you can apply to the court for a default judgment, allowing you to proceed with the divorce without your spouse’s response.

If you are the “respondent” you may disagree with anything and/or make your own claims in this document. 

4. Resolving Issues

If you and your spouse have children, own property, or have debt, you’ll need to agree on how to divide your property and debt, determine child and spousal support, and arrange for child custody and access.

These matters can be resolved through negotiation, mediation, collaborative family law, or the court can decide if both parties cannot agree.

5. Requesting a Divorce Order

If all issues are settled and the respondent has been served, you can request a divorce order from the court. If the judge is satisfied that all criteria for a divorce have been met, they will grant a Divorce Order.

6. Finalizing the Divorce

Your divorce will become final 31 days after the judge grants the Divorce Order. At this point, you can request a Certificate of Divorce, proving the divorce is official and allowing either party to remarry.

The Importance of Finding the Right Lawyer

A divorce lawyer doesn’t just represent you in court; they are your advocate, advisor, and sometimes even a mediator between you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse. The right lawyer can make a significant difference in the outcome of your divorce, affecting everything from asset division to custody arrangements. It’s not only about finding a lawyer with the right qualifications but also one whose approach aligns with your needs and values.

Vancouver residents have several resources at their disposal when searching for a divorce lawyer. One of these resources would be online directories and reviews. These platforms often include reviews and rating, making it easier to gauge the satisfaction of previous clients.

Sometimes, the best recommendations come from friends or family members who have gone through a similar situation. You should utilize personal recommendations to get insights into a lawyer or lawyers who have been successful in divorce cases. The Law Society of British Columbia and local bar associations can also be valuable resources for finding licensed professionals specializing in family law.

When selecting a divorce lawyer in Vancouver, consider their experience and specialization. You should look for a lawyer specializing in family law, with a strong track record in divorce cases similar to yours. :

The Role of a Divorce Lawyer

A divorce lawyer in Vancouver will guide you through the entire process, from filing the initial paperwork to finalizing the divorce decree. They offer knowledgeable advice on your rights and obligations. 

The lawyer will also work towards a fair settlement when it comes to negotiating settlements. It could be on asset division, spousal support, and other contentious issues.  

Furthemore, a divorce lawyer will represent you in court if necessary, to advocate for your interests. They will also ensure that all legal documents are correctly prepared and filed. 

Onyx Law Group is Here for You

Divorce is a profoundly personal and often painful process, but the right lawyer can ease this transition, protect your interests, and help pave the way for a new beginning. Remember, the goal is not just to end a marriage but to do so in a way that allows both parties to move forward positively.

Contact Onyx Law Group today!

Family Law & Divorce in Vancouver

As experienced British Columbia Family Law and Divorce Lawyers we understand that every Vancouver family is unique and so are their legal needs. That’s why we are committed to working closely with you to craft the best solution for your specific circumstances. Our goal is to help you navigate the challenges of your family law matter and achieve a positive outcome that allows you to confidently move forward in your life. We are here to support you and advocate for your rights every step of the way. Let us help you find the best path forward for you and your family.

Vancouver Asset Division Lawyers

Asset Division

At our firm, our family lawyers have expertise in dividing assets during the divorce process. We work to ensure that you receive what you are rightfully owed. Dividing property can be a complex process, but by thoroughly evaluating what each party owns individually and jointly, we can work towards a fair outcome. In Vancouver, British Columbia it is especially important to consider the historical value of pre-owned property when determining the distribution of assets following a separation.

Divorce in Vancouver

If you need to obtain a divorce order as part of your family law case in Vancouver, we can assist you. While a divorce order may be necessary in some situations, it is often not the top priority after a relationship ends. Instead, there may be more pressing concerns that require immediate attention, such as financial security and arrangements for any children involved. If a divorce order is needed, we can help you navigate the process.

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Child support lawyers in Vancouver

Child Support

Our Vancouver Family Law and child support lawyers can help you protect your child’s right to adequate financial support. It is widely accepted that children are entitled to have the financial resources of both parents available to support them as they grow and develop. While there are many online resources that can provide an estimate of the basic monthly child support obligation under the Federal Child Support Guidelines, our lawyers can help you navigate the process and ensure that your child’s rights are protected.

Spousal Support

With a wealth of experience in Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines, we can provide clear, easy-to-understand advice about how spousal support will affect your life after separation. Our team is dedicated to helping you navigate this complex area of law and achieve the best possible outcome for your situation.

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Child support lawyers in Vancouver

Co-Parenting Responsibilities

We are dedicated to safeguarding children from the harmful consequences of divorce and will collaborate with child experts, physicians, and therapists to ensure that your perspective and your child’s perspective are considered during this highly emotional process.

Premarital and Cohabitation Agreements

Our Vancouver lawyers can help you determine if a premarital or cohabitation agreement is the right choice for you. These agreements are useful for outlining financial expectations in the event of unforeseen circumstances, such as separation or divorce. Every couple has different needs, so it’s worth considering the benefits of having a written agreement in place. Rather than asking “do I need an agreement?”, you may want to consider “why wouldn’t I have an agreement?”

Premarital and Cohabitation Agreements

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

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.

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