Family law disputes can be very difficult, both financially and emotionally. Parties often need to resolve pressing issues quickly, such as custody and access to their children, child support, spousal support and property division.

Our team offers compassionate, knowledgeable services to help our clients overcome those burdens. Our lawyers understand the benefits of avoiding costly litigation and focus on offering settlement-oriented legal services. When litigation is unavoidable, our team has extensive courtroom experience and will diligently protect your interests and rights.

In order to provide our clients with the greatest value and avoid unpredictable billable hours, our firm offers three bundled Family Law Litigation services:

Flat Fee Mediation Services

Mediation can help save money, time and emotional expense. Our Flat Fee Mediation Services allow you to tailor your settlement discussions to your specific needs and to maintain control over outcomes. Our dedicated team of lawyers and paralegals will guide you through the terms of your separation or divorce.

Limited-Scope Retainers

If you prefer to handle settlement discussions on your own but still want some guidance from a lawyer, our firm can provide you with the knowledge, tools and skills necessary with our Limited-Scope Retainers. Services include:
  • Providing legal advice before or during settlement discussions
  • Assistance with preparing and reviewing adequate disclosure
  • Assistance with preparing and reviewing settlement proposals
  • Providing independent legal advice on the terms of a settlement agreement
  • Drafting Separation Agreements or Consent Orders following settlement
  • Assistance with filing for Divorce
If you wish to proceed through the legal system, we also offer:
  • Guidance through the various legal proceedings
  • Legal advice and analysis
  • Assistance with drafting or reviewing court documents
  • Representation at hearings or trials

Collaborative Law

Collaborative Law offers parties an opportunity to avoid litigation through settlement discussions, all the while benefiting from the assistance of their respective lawyer. The collaborative process requires that both parties sign an agreement that disqualifies their respective lawyer from representing them in any future family-related litigation. This allows parties and their respective lawyer to concentrate their efforts to a mutually beneficial settlement.


Family Law Mediation

In order to provide our clients with the greatest value and avoid unpredictable billable hours, our firm offers a choice of two service bundles:

Flat-Fee Mediation

$2,000.00 plus HST

Our Flat-Fee Mediation option is specifically designed for simpler separations where there are no significant disagreements about child custody and visitation, minimal assets and no business interests to be divided. The package includes:
  • Initial meeting with each party to the mediation in order to obtain preliminary information (disclosure) and to determine each party’s initial positions (up to 1.5 hour per party)
  • Up to six hours of mediation time with one of our lawyers
  • Lawyer and staff time responding to telephone calls, e-mails and questions from the parties relating to procedural issues
  • All preparation time prior to each mediation session
  • Preparation of the Separation Agreement
Optional: Our team can prepare a Joint Petition for Divorce for an additional fee of $750.00 plus HST (billed to both parties). Additional filing fees with the Court are not included.

Upgraded Flat-Fee Mediation

$2,500.00 plus HST

Our Upgraded Flat-Fee Mediation option is specifically designed for parties who will require supplemental guidance with child custody and visitation, property division (including business assets), and child and spousal support. The package includes:
  • Initial meetings with each party to the mediation in order to obtain preliminary information (disclosure) and to determine each party’s initial positions (up to 3 hours per party)
  • Up to eight hours of mediation time with one of our lawyers
  • Lawyer and staff time responding to telephone calls, e-mails and questions from the parties relating to procedural issues
  • All preparation time prior to each mediation session
  • Preparation of the Separation Agreement
Optional: Our team can prepare a Joint Petition for Divorce for an additional fee of $750.00 plus HST (billed to both parties). Additional filing fees with the Court are not included.

Independent Legal Advice

Each party will need to obtain independent legal advice from another lawyer not involved in the mediation in order to sign the Separation Agreement. This independent legal advice is not included in the Flat-Fee Mediation or Upgraded Flat-Fee Mediation options. Independent legal advice can come from any other lawyer, as long as they work at a different law firm.

Need more time?

Unexpected issues sometimes happen, or more guidance may be required for certain parties. Additional time to prepare disclosure or to determine each party’s initial positions is available as required and will be billed party requiring additional assistance. Additional mediation sessions can also be added as required and will be billed to both parties. Additional time will be billed at the lawyer’s hourly rate.

What our clients say

I had never hired a lawyer before I had my accident so I didn’t know what to expect, but when I met JD, he made a great first-impression. He kept me in the loop and always made sure that I understood what was happening with my case. I felt like he respected me and was there to help. JD worked hard to get a fair settlement for me and I’m really grateful. It’s like there is a weight lifted from my shoulders and I feel great now that it’s all over. I’d definitely recommend JD and Fidelis Law Droit to anyone.

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