The decision to separate from a spouse or common law partner is a big one. A separation often involves major changes: from where you live, to how you parent, to your financial picture.

A consultation with a family law lawyer early on can:

  • explain your rights and responsibilities;
  • assist you in avoiding unnecessary conflict;
  • help you create a realistic plan to move forward;
  • let you know if the lawyer’s values and skills will work for you; and
  • save you from expensive mistakes.

Every marriage and relationship is different, and every client learns different things in that initial consultation. I have had clients learn:

  • that she has a good understanding of the issues and is on the right track in terms of discussions with the spouse;
  • that a particular process (e.g. collaborative law or mediation) is likely to work best for the client and his spouse;
  • that if the client and spouse can have a healthy discussion about some of the issues in the relationship, they might decide to stay together;
  • in some cases that one of my colleagues is better suited to assist with the particular issues and why; and
  • tips for making the separation process as smooth and efficient as possible.

Most initial consultations last an hour or two and are time and money well spent.


Call or email to arrange to discuss your situation.

Patricia B. Simpson Professional Corporation
1000 Innovation Drive
5th Floor, Kanata, ON, K2K 3E7
​Phone: 613.287.0790 (direct)