Edwards Family Law can tailor the services offered to meet your needs as Maureen recognizes that one size does not always fit all.
This option is for clients who wish to have a lawyer represent them in all issues related to her/his/their case, including negotiation, mediation, and arbitration and/or the court process if that becomes necessary.
Every matter starts with an initial consultation, where clients learn about Maureen and where Maureen learns about the client’s concerns, needs and pressing issues. Often these consultations lead to full representation, but sometimes, a client simply wants information related to the law, and to discuss available options, and one or two consultations are sufficient for their needs.
Sometimes this includes negotiating the terms of the separation agreement, marriage contract, post-marriage contract or cohabitation agreement, or sometimes the parties are able to agree upon the terms amongst themselves. In either case, Maureen is available to assist in drafting these agreements.
Legal Coaching / Assistance for Self-Represented Litigants
Individuals sometimes want to maintain responsibility for all aspects of the negotiation and/or dispute related to their family matter. Individuals have the right to represent themselves in court. Maureen is sometimes able to assist a self-represented litigant by offering legal advice, information, strategies and tools to the litigant to assist them to independently manage their own legal matter as effectively as possible.
Maureen represents and advises clients on all areas of family law, including issues related to separation agreements and divorce, parenting issues (including decision making and parenting time), spousal and child support, mobility matters, property division, marriage contracts, cohabitation agreements, among other things.
Maureen can also help with highly complex matters that involve business corporations, partnerships, commercial issues, and criminal proceedings. This means working with other lawyers, business valuators, and other professionals as needed.
Often the client’s goal is to resolve these matters without resorting to the courtroom. Maureen shares this goal, as this often results in a faster, more efficient and cost-effective resolution. However, sometimes matters end up in court. Maureen is prepared to advocate strongly on your behalf before all levels of the court and/or arbitrators (private alternative dispute decision-makers).
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution, often used in an effort to avoid litigation. A neutral mediator meets with and assists the family in resolving conflict. This is a voluntary process that is agreed to in advance by both parties. The goal is to resolve the issues/dispute in a way that meets the needs of all parties. Mediation can be conducted with or without each party’s lawyer present. All participants in mediation are encouraged to actively participate in the process. Mediation can occur in-person or by videoconferencing if all parties agree.
Maureen Edwards is available to act as a mediator for your family.
Parenting coordination is a form of alternative dispute resolution. Parents can meet with a Parenting Coordinator for help with following the parenting parts of their court order, family arbitration award, or separation agreement. This is a voluntary process that the parents participate in to resolve many coparenting issues that arise day-to-day, like scheduling activities, arranging for pick-up/drop-off to extracurricular activities or travel and passport arrangements. Parenting Coordinators are unable to resolve major issues like which parent has decision-making (custody) or parenting time (access schedules).
A Parenting Coordinator helps you speak with each other to try and agree on your parenting issues. If you can't agree, they can decide for you. Their decision is based on information they get from the parents, professionals such as doctors, teachers, counsellors, etc., and, if needed, your child.
Maureen Edwards has taken courses in and related to parenting coordination and is available to act as a Parenting Coordinator for your family.