Family Planning involves more than whether to have children. Although this is an important consideration, family planning is life-long and involves the before, during, and after of a familial relationship. We are the most complex and dynamic things we know, yet many people are of the opinion that it is better not to address familial relations in writing - that if we do not talk about it, it will be alright. In my experience, those that fail to plan, plan to fail. Whether you are seeking to set-down in writing some terms, negotiating terms, or litigating terms, Jonathan may be able to help.
Domestic Contracts are used for a variety of purposes. One such purpose is to vary the default rights and obligations for persons living together (e.g. Prenuptial Agreement). Another purpose is to set down rights and obligations of persons who no longer want to live together (e.g. Separation Agreement). In many cases, Domestic Contracts provide for more certainty than would otherwise exist - either because the law on the subject is uncertain or the legal knowledge of one or more of the parties is uncertain. There are various types of Domestic Contracts, such as: Prenuptual Agreements, Live-in Agreements, Separation Agreements, among others.
Divorce is a process that ends a marriage. When the parties have no reasonable prospect of remaining married, and have lived "separate and apart" for a year, divorce is the means by which married persons declare publicly to no longer be married persons to each other.
Separation is a process that puts a relationship on hold ("separate and apart") and is normally required to obtain a divorce. This separate and apart period is normally a minimum of one year before obtaining a declaration of divorce. However, there is no maximum duration in separation. Depending on the circumstances, separated spouses may still reside in the same home without compromising their "separate and apart" status. If you are considering separating from your spouse and living in the same home, consult Jonathan regarding the negotiating those terms.
Parenting (Custody & Access)
Parenting involves both Decision Making (formerly Custody) and Parenting Time (formerly Access).
Depending on your circumstances, Support may include Spousal Support, Child Support, Dependency Support, two of the above, or all three. There is a misconception that unmarried persons are not entitled to spousal support. Before deciding on your entitlements, speak with Jonathan - he may be able to help.