Over the past three decades the number of individuals in Canada that self-identify as either divorced or separated has more than doubled. According to Statistics Canada, approximately 5 million Canadians separated or divorced in the 20 years preceding 2011, nearly a quarter of whom had children under the age of 18. Although separation may be an unfortunate and unavoidable reality for many, the legal process of separation has been said to be more impactful on both the parties and their children than the separation itself.

Inter-familial conflicts are in many ways similar to all other conflicts in that they are ultimately grounded in a divergence of interests between the parties. Yet, both the process and final outcome of your family case can have especially long-lasting effects on you and your family. For example, if you have children, your relationship with your former spouse will very likely continue past the separation or divorce and it will be in your best interest (and in the best interest of the child) that you maintain a good working relationship.

At Sugimoto Law we recognize that the unique nature of inter-familial disputes calls for a specialized response crafted to meet the various needs of our clients. We are acutely aware that family matters tend to be inherently more integrative and are almost always driven by non-legal factors. This is why our team of lawyers specializing in family law take a participatory, client-centred approach that allows our clients to have a voice throughout the process. The expertise of our family law division will allow you to focus on what matters most – your needs and the needs of your children – while we deal with the legal matters.