Making the commitment to enter into a family relationship is one of life’s biggest, most life-changing decisions. In addition to your emotional commitment to your new partner, the decision warrants careful consideration of the practical aspects of your future partnership. By preparing an agreement, you ensure that you establish a solid foundation of mutual understanding for your shared life ahead, by defining clear, fair, and agreed-upon goals, intentions, and expectations for your relationship, right from the start. On the other hand, if you and your spouse are preparing to end your relationship and you can agree on how you want to deal with such matters as property division, debt resolution, and child and spousal support without going to court, a separation agreement will ensure your new arrangements are clearly documented.
The current Family Law Act encourages out of court settlements between parties. Fair settlements will be upheld and unfair marriage agreements may be challenged. The rules for full and truthful disclosure early in the family law agreement process promotes early settlement by ensuring that the parties have all the information required for fair and sound decision-making. We advise our clients that non-disclosure can prolong conflict and can affect the fairness of marriage agreements. An expertly prepared family agreement is particularly important when you are a high-net-worth individual with complex personal and business holdings or the future spouse of a high-value partner—and/or where children are or may be involved.
Lo Greco Stilman provides counsel for opposite and same-sex couples on:
We will ensure you fully understand your options, obligations, and rights and construct a durable family agreement that is most right for your unique family circumstances.
If you require more information or assistance with matters dealing with family law contact us today at 416-488-4110 or toll-free at 1-855-296-3191 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.