Lawyers Practicing

Family Law

Our family law practitioners understand that a breakdown of a relationship (marriage or common-law) is both emotionally and financially challenging for families. Our lawyers aim to find a solution that is the least traumatic for the parties involved. Where possible we will seek to achieve a mutually agreeable resolution through negotiation. In some cases negotiation is not successful and where necessary our lawyers will access the court system to seek relief on our client’s behalf.

Our family law practitioners have experience appearing in all levels of Manitoba Courts. We are ready to provide services to our clients in areas including, adoption, child support, common law relationships, custody and access, divorce, domestic violence, grandparent’s rights, guardianship, property division, same-sex relationships, separation, spousal support and variations.

If you would like to set up an appointment to meet with one of our lawyers, please contact our office. Our lawyers offer a one-hour consultation appointment in which they will canvass your legal matter and provide advice on how to proceed. Fees for consultation appoints vary depending on the experience and expertise of the lawyer. After a consultation appointment you may choose to retain our firm to represent you

Consult Appointment Information

During a one-hour consult appointment, one of our family lawyers will review your matter with you and provide you with advice and options to proceed. While time within the appointment is limited, our lawyers will review your financial information in order to give you the most accurate advice possible. The following documents will be of assistance:

  1. Tax Returns for the last 3 consecutive years
  2. Notices of Assessment for the last 3 consecutive years
  3. Most recent paystub

Resources

Child/Spousal Support Calculator: https://www.mysupportcalculator.ca/
Maintenance Enforcement Program: https://www.gov.mb.ca/justice/courts/mep/index.html
Family Conciliation: https://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childfam/family_conciliation.html
For the Sake of the Children: https://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childfam/for_sake_of_children.html
Federal Child Support Guidelines (Manitoba Table): https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/fl-df/child-enfant/fcsg-lfpae/2017/pdf/mba.pdf
Families Change (Resource Page): https://mb.familieschange.ca/
Fort Gary Women’s Resource Centre: http://fgwrc.ca/
Family Law in MB – Public Information Booklet 2014: https://www.gov.mb.ca/justice/crown/family/law/pubs/familylawbooklet2014.pdf

Voice of the Child Reports: https://www.bdoakes.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/VCR-brochure.pdf

Statement on Covid-19 Preparedness

With the continuing pandemic brought about by COVID-19, we have implemented safety measures to ensure the health safety and well0being of those attending our offices. The well0being of our employees and clients remains a top priority and we are following the lead of Canadian public health authorities at this important time. Appropriate measures have been implemented to ensure our office is safe and we have protocols in place to ensure they stay that way including:

  • Mandatory masks required for all individuals attending our premises, including delivery and service personnel;
  • Limited client attendances to our office to only those required to physically attend in person;
  • Accommodating meetings to occur via phone or video;
  • Introducing enhanced cleaning protocols, with particular focus on high traffic and high contact areas;
  • Maintaining records of attendances to our premises in the event contact tracing is necessary;

To protect yourself and others, we will not allow entry to our premises if you have:

  • Any of the following symptoms: difficulty breathing/shortness of breath, chest pain, confusion, drowsiness, loss of consciousness, fever/chills, cough, sore throat/hoarse voice, loss of taste or sense of smell;
  • Travelled out of Province within the last 14 days;
  • Had close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days;
  • Tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 30 days;
  • Any people with whom you live tested positive in the last 30 days.

We ask for your cooperation so that together we can take reasonable measures to prevent transmission of the virus. Know that we are doing our part by putting employment policies in place so that our staff are protected, and we are able to continue to function and operate on your behalf. Again, we continue to monitor this situation closely and will provide ongoing updates as needed. We also encourage you to stay up-to-date through Canada’s Public Health website.

Thank you.