Stoner and Company Family Law Associates
Our experienced family law lawyers have earned an enviable track record of success. We are dedicated advocates for our clients’ rights, achieving optimal solutions to challenging and stressful situations in a cost-effective manner.
Specializing in family law allows us to thoroughly understand the often complex and evolving issues related to all aspects of family law. That includes divorce/separation, custody, access, support, adoptions, child protection, division of assets and other property matters. We make every effort to settle matters out of court, however should litigation be necessary we are experienced courtroom lawyers with a long-established record of success.
Divorce and separation can be a difficult time for everyone involved. Our lawyers can help ensure your rights are protected, and that you receive a fair and comprehensive settlement as soon as possible.
WHAT WE DO
Stoner & Company helps clients resolve all separation and divorce matters, including both married and common law relationships. We are dedicated to achieving the most favourable results possible through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and, where necessary, litigation.
To find out more about our services, please contact us here.
FAMILY LAW COACHING & CONSULTATION
We understand that retaining a family law lawyer can be expensive. That’s why our firm also offers hourly coaching and consultation to self-represented parties. With affordable rates and packages tailored to your specific needs, you can choose the services you want. Whether it’s coaching before or during a court appearance, one-time advice or ongoing consultation, we can help – with flat rate fees that give you more control over your legal costs.
To find out more about our family law coaching and consultation service, please contact us here.
Ann Stoner, Lawyer
Ann graduated from the University of Toronto Law School in 1992.
Elliot Vine, Lawyer
Elliot graduated from Queen’s University Law School in 2012.
Dorothy Kosinska, Lawyer
Dorothy obtained her Juris Doctor degree at the University of Windsor..
Katherine Sheehan, Law Clerk
Katherine graduated from the Law Clerk Program at Niagara College in 1990.
Jennifer Morgan, Law Clerk
Jennifer graduated from the Law Clerk program at Centennial College in 2010.
Most clients have a lot of questions as they begin the divorce or separation process. Our lawyers will endeavor to answer as many questions as possible during the initial consultation meeting.
Following is an overview of the resolution process. Whether helping you to resolve outstanding issues through negotiation of a Separation Agreement, Cohabitation/Marriage Contract, or litigation the process is similar.
Your initial consultation meeting with one of our lawyers.
You retain the firm.
The firm conducts a review and analysis, together with you, of your case, including financial disclosure, key issues, gathering of relevant documents and other information necessary to help resolve your outstanding issues.
If necessary, the firm will engage experts to conduct such things as pension valuations, custody and access assessments, and business and income valuations.
The firm will attempt to negotiate an out of court resolution, through negotiation, mediation and/or arbitration:
Negotiation involves lawyers attempting to negotiate the settlement of any or all of the issues in a case. If the parties are able to resolve all of the issues, they will incorporate the terms of settlement into a Separation Agreement or Minutes of Settlement.
Mediation can be used if both parties agree to be part of the process. Mediators are usually senior family law practitioners who are lawyers, social workers, psychologists, and retired Judges.
Arbitration also requires consent from both parties, and are conducted by senior family law counsel or retired family law Judges.
If an out of court settlement can be reached, a written separation agreement will be prepared, approved and executed.
If an out of court settlement cannot be reached, an application to Court will be drafted on your behalf, or the firm will respond to your spouse’s application.
If litigation is commenced, our lawyers will prepare for and attend with you up to three mandatory conferences, with a Judge, your spouse and his or her lawyer present.
Again is litigation is commenced, our lawyers will prepare for and attend motion hearings if required.
Preparation for and attendance at questioning or examinations.
Preparation for and attendance at Trial.
Throughout the litigation process, the firm will continue to attempt to negotiate an out of court settlement.
These links provide a host of valuable information to help parents and children coping with divorce and separation.
Ministry of the Attorney General
This site from the Ministry of the Attorney General will answer many questions you have regarding divorce, and also includes helpful advice for parents and children.
Department of Justice
From the Department of Justice, The Supporting Families Experiencing Separation and Divorce Initiative has more information and helpful advice for families.
Traveling with children
When travelling abroad with children, keep this important advice in mind to ensure a safe and successful trip.
Stoner & Company Family Law Associates
390 Brant Street, Suite 406
Burlington, Ontario L7R 4J4
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