Jessica helps family law clients during some of their most difficult life experiences. While she leads her clients through their legal issues with sensitivity and foresight, she also takes a no-nonsense approach when advising on the reality of each situation.
Jessica truly listens to her clients, carefully explains the intricacies of the legal system and openly discusses what are in the best interests of any children of the relationship.
Jessica has proven herself skilled both in and out of the courtroom. She is an intelligent practitioner and has built up her reputation as an exceptional negotiator. Jessica recognizes that each client is unique and has different priorities, and she strives to find the optimal resolution for each client.
Jessica works with clients who have issues related to separation, divorce, property division, child support, spousal support and alimony, custody and parenting, adoption, and those who may require cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts, separation agreements, family law litigation and general legal advice with regards to their family law matter.
As lawyers, we often see clients that have “side deals” with their former spouse, saying something like “We talked that out and you don’t need to put anything in the agreement about that. We got it.”Read full article
“Section 7 expenses” can generally be described as “special or extraordinary expenses” for a child with separated parents that share expenses in addition to child support.Read full article
Child support is most often paid by one parent, to the parent who has care of the child the majority of the time. A payor parent has a legal responsibility to provide child support regardless of whether that parent has communication or contact with the child.Read full article
In 1996, the Maintenance Enforcement Program (MEP) was established in order to allow for a government body to assist in the enforcement of existing court orders for spousal and child support. In establishing the MEP, the onus was shifted from the individual support recipient, acting at the time inRead full article
Following a separation, parties regularly obtain a Court order which outlines custody, access and a parenting schedule. However, with time, things inevitably change. Parents move. Children start school, or graduate from school. Parents re-partner. Parenting arrangements change, organically. SometimeRead full article
A cohabitation agreement is a contract signed by two parties who are living together, or are planning on living together, and who contemplate the division of their assets and debts, and/or support obligations, if a separation and/or divorce of the parties were to occur in the future. As a coupleRead full article
A divorce, separation or any family law dispute can be an emotional, stressful and very expensive process. However, there are certain steps you can take to keep your legal costs down. Be honest and forthcoming. Speak candidly to your lawyer, and formulate realistic goals and expectations as earlyRead full article