Family Law cases are becoming increasingly complex and difficult and require the attention of knowledgeable, sophisticated and seasoned counsel. Miller Thomson’s Family Law team members are action- and results-oriented. Our lawyers have significant experience and practical expertise in recognizing and managing the range of family law issues which can arise in the context of marriage or relationship breakdown. This can include unmarried spouses, separation, divorce including the myriad of issues involving children, such as, custody and access, child and spousal support, and property division issues. Our lawyers are knowledgeable about all forms of dispute resolution to deal effectively and proactively with the many issues, including Court proceedings, trials, motions and appeals, collaboration, mediation, arbitration and negotiation. We focus on our clients’ best interests in working towards an efficient, fair and effective result in as speedy and economical manner as is possible.
Not all of our work involves marriage or relationship breakdown. Our Family Law team is knowledgeable and experienced in advising and negotiating marriage contracts, cohabitation agreements, adoptions, international matters, and related matters. We regularly work with estate planning and financial planning specialists to assist our client meet their objectives.
We strive to take the time to understand who you are, and what your case entails, and explain your legal options, so you can make informed decisions based on your unique situation. Our goal is to provide the best possible outcome for you in a timely and cost-effective manner. As a national firm which provides full and complete services to our clients in most areas of law, we have an extensive roster of specialists to provide additional support in areas such as tax, real estate, wills and estates, and commercial transactions.
Our Family Law team is experienced in family law matters such as:
- Divorce and Separation
- Custody and Access
- Child and Spousal Support
- Child Protection Matters
- Property Division
- Separation Agreements
- Marriage Contracts
- Cohabitation Agreements
- Collaborative Law
- Common Relationships
- Same Sex Relationships
- Grandparent access
- International custody and access matters
Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019
In the just released 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada, 144 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country have been recognized for their expertise in 47 areas of law. This includes 6 lawyers who were awarded “Lawyer of the Year” in...
Miller Thomson continues strategic growth
Miller Thomson recognizes that the complexities of today’s business landscape increasingly call for legal solutions that span multiple disciplines and jurisdictions. With a continued focus on building our national platform, we are pleased to welcome the following lawyers who have...
Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017
126 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country and in numerous areas of law have been recognized for their expertise in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. This result is up from 122 lawyers ranked last year....
Roger Lepage listed as “Local litigation star” in Saskatchewan by Benchmark Canada
Congratulations to Roger Lepage, senior partner in the Regina office, for being listed as a “Local litigation star” in the province of Saskatchewan, in the areas of employment and family law. Roger has over 30 years experience and has appeared as...
Lisa Walters appointed President of Middlesex Family Law Association
Wil Doran and Lisa Walters profiled in London Free Press
Wil Doran and Lisa Walters are profiled in the Enterprise feature of the London Free Press. Read the article: Miller Thomson Family Law – Compassionate and Vigorous Representation
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Joanne Biron et l’équipe Droit de la famille offrent une conférence sur la pension alimentaire
Joanne Biron, Stéphanie Herbert et Stéphanie Tremblay du groupe Droit de la famille offriront à l’été 2018 une conférence à plusieurs cabinets juridiques et comptables, entreprises et autres groupes de professionnels du grand Montréal. Cette formation de deux heures portera...
Roger Lepage, Romain Baudemont and Jonathan Martin speak at Saskatchewan CBA Mid-winter Meeting
Roger Lepage, Romain Baudemont and Jonathan Martin will present “L’obligation alimentaire des beaux-parents” at the CBA Mid-winter meeting at the Delta Hotel in Regina, SK.
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Patricia Fourcand sera intervenante lors du colloque « Le Droit International de la Famille dans tous ses États »
Patricia Fourcand sera intervenante lors du colloque « Le Droit International de la Famille dans tous ses États » qui se déroulera le 15 et 16 juin à Toulouse. Pour plus de détails, consultez ce lien.
Patricia Fourcand speaks on Religion, Ethnic Origin and Family Law
Patricia Fourcand will act as a speaker during a breakfast seminar hosted by the Canadian Bar Association on May 17, 2017. Her conference is entitled “Religion, Ethnic Origin and Family Law”.
Gordon Plottel speaks on financial issues in family law
Gordon Plottel is a presenter at the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC’s course on Advanced Financial Issues in Family Law. He speaks on a panel discussing “Management of Excluded Property in a Post-V.J.F. World”.
Patricia Fourcand lectures at matrimonial lawyers conference
Patricia Fourcand presents “Race, Religion and Family Law” at the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML) USA and Canadian Chapter Meeting.
Family Law Basics – Let’s Talk Spousal and Child Support
The latest developments in the areas of spousal and child support will be discussed during this breakfast conference. You will be able to know more about a host of subjects, including the determination of one’s income to establish the maintenance allowance,...
Family Law Issues in Estate Planning
Patricia Fourcand and Nathalie Marchand deliver a presentation entitled “Family Law Issues in Estate Planning” during a breakfast and conference organized by RBC Dominion Securities Inc., D’Amico Family Wealth Management Group on March 19th 2014 at 1 Place Ville-Marie, 41st floor at 8h30....
Patricia Fourcand attends the Women Leadership Forum
To view the invitation, please click here (French Only)
Why a Lawyer Should Draft Your Separation Agreement in the Age of Do-it-Yourself Divorce Kits
Many recently-separated couples look for ways to resolve separation issues and save time the time and expense of consulting a lawyer. However using an online template separation agreement or a do-it-yourself kit, can significantly increase costs and take years to...
Cannabis and Family Law
On October 17, 2018, the Cannabis Act came into force, legalizing the recreational use, possession, and growing of cannabis in Canada, subject to some restrictions. This piece reviews implications of cannabis use in family law matters, primarily custody and access...
Social Media Postings Can Be Used Against You in Family Law Proceedings
Billions of users of social media networks regularly share their personal lives on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. The content posted on social media networks may be unsecured, accessible by others, and permanently recorded. For these reasons,...
What are Section 7 Expenses?
In a previous piece (available here), we discussed parents’ obligations to pay child support in respect of only the Basic Monthly Amount. This piece considers the obligations in respect of Section 7 Expenses. As a recap, each of the Federal...
Three Important Things to Know about Basic Monthly Child Support
The federal and Ontario governments share responsibility for family law in Ontario. Some child support guidelines are under federal law, while others are under provincial law. If you are divorced or have applied for a divorce, the Federal Child Support...
Highlights of the Proposed Amendments to Canada’s Divorce Act
A recent bill introduced by Canada’s Minister of Justice proposes modernizing federal family law in Canada. Bill C-78 proposes amendments to Canada’s Divorce Act through its first substantive changes in 30 years, and two other Acts, and make consequential changes to...
When a Spouse is not a Spouse
The Superior Court has recently had the opportunity to revisit an issue that has not been addressed by the courts in twenty years: whether the Family Law Act definition of “spouse” applies to the Insurance Act definition of “spouse”. For...
Patricia Fourcand profiled by Excellence in 2018 cohort of Quebec business leaders
As a partner at the Canadian law firm Miller Thomson, Patricia Fourcand serves a clientele composed mainly of business people, professionals, employers and senior executives, focusing on family law and international matrimonial law. Throughout her 20-year career, she has been involved...
L’adoption internationale : casse-tête pour les futurs parents ou processus visant la protection des enfants?
Éditions Yvon Blais
Commentaire sur la décision A. c. Québec (Procureur général), sub nom.
La délocalisation des enfants : accorder ou refuser le déménagement, telle est la question!
Éditions Yvon Blais