If you are getting a divorce in Abbotsford, BC, then turn to Merchant Law with confidence. Our team has the experience and the skills to help you minimize the damage that divorce can cause to your life and finances.
Most of our lawyers have over three decades of experience with family law. And we work as a team, which means even our younger, newer lawyers have access to a wealth of experience it’s hard to find anywhere else. In addition, the fact that we are a full service law firm works in your favor. Our office also practices business law and real estate law, which means we can help you craft sophisticated solutions to your most pressing divorce problems.
We encourage you to treat your divorce exactly as you’d treat the dissolution of a business partnership: with as little emotion as possible, and with an eye towards securing your ability to build and grow wealth in the future. We also encourage you to focus on the wellbeing of your children and the solutions that might protect their mental and physical health.
If you’re looking for some of Canada’s sharpest lawyers, contact us today.
Full Service Family Law
All of your family law challenges can be met and answered here at Merchant Law.
Going through a divorce? Our team is adept at crafting settlements you and your ex can live with. We work hard to save you time and money by keeping you out of divorce court, but will not hesitate to fight for you should litigation become necessary. We specialize in high net worth divorces, farm divorces, and other challenging cases.
Looking for help with child custody and access issues? The Merchant Law team will help you protect your child’s best interests. We’ll do everything in our power to ensure that you maintain your relationship with your children after the divorce is done. We’ll also work hard to help you protect your children from neglect or abuse, if necessary.
If you have minor children then child support is mandatory. While in many cases setting child support amounts is a relatively straightforward process, high net worth and entrepreneur clients may need special attention. The same is true for the parents of special needs children. We ensure your child support arrangements are ultimately both fair and workable.
Spousal support is one of the most contentious issues that will come up in any divorce. Most potential payees are worried about their survival; most potential payors resent the expenditure. We come armed with solutions and options that can make spousal support workable for both parties.
Division of Marital Assets
Division of marital assets and debts can become very complicated very quickly. Even determining which assets count as “marital property” and which count as exempt or “non-marital property” can cause a great deal of strife during the divorce process. Both parties are often anxious about securing control over very specific assets. In addition it’s more than possible for the asset division process to devalue certain assets. Fortunately, our background in business law and real estate law allows us to develop excellent options that will make the division of assets process as painless as possible.
Court Order Modification
Circumstances change. Shouldn’t your court orders change with them? We help our clients out by securing child support and spousal support modifications. In addition we can help with the creation of court orders, such as by helping our clients to obtain formal separation agreements. If you have to return to family court, we’ll fight hard to make the visit as fruitful as possible. Need to draft or challenge a prenup? We can help with that, too.
Estate Planning & Litigation
Few issues can tear a family apart like a lack of proper estate planning. We handle all aspects of estate planning, from creating wills and trusts to creating powers of lawyer and guardianship orders. In addition, we help heirs challenge unfair or illegal wills. Don’t let British Columbia decide what happens to your property after you die. Call us.
Adoptions are a long, drawn out legal process. If you’re trying to bring a child into your home, you’ll need legal support. Our team is here to help.
Why Choose Merchant Law for your family law case?
Founding partner Anthony Merchant is the Associate Editor of the Carswell Reports of Family Law. He’s also been published extensively in the Canadian Family Law Quarterly. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Canadian Journal of Family Law, as well as of The Family Law Journal.
Many of our member lawyers have also been published in all of these prestigious journals.
Anthony Merchant combines this background with thousands of hours of practical case experience, as do all of our lawyers. In addition, most of our divorce lawyers have also worked in our real estate and business law divisions.
Most of our lawyers have 20 to 30 years of experience. And we work as a team, which means even our youngest family lawyers will have access to a wealth of experience and understanding that you’d be hard pressed to find at any other law firm.
If your family law case is complex, high-stakes, and difficult, we can help. We help entrepreneurs, business owners, high earners, innovators, and farmers every single day. We specialize in high-conflict, high-asset divorces. Our goal is to strengthen your case so that you can get the strongest settlement the law allows. Working with us means choosing lawyers who are committed to creating an equitable and legally-backed settlement.
We’re known for being some of Canada’s savviest negotiators and some of her toughest litigators. If you need to take your case into family court, we’ll be there to defend you at every step of the process. We also provide ongoing legal support for families who have to return to court multiple times to address long-standing issues.
Call (604) 394-2777 to schedule your case review and to get paired with your own dedicated family law lawyer.