Early Neutral Consultation

Not sure where to go for guidance regarding your separation?
Unsure how the property and family issues are dealt with?
Want some guidance as to which divorce process would work best for your family?

Then consider an Early Neutral Consultation (ENC). An Early Neutral Consultation will give you guidance with regard to the list of issues, below. Making informed decisions can spare your transitioning family unnecessary grief and place you on the road map to separating your lives with understanding and reduced conflict. Each 1.5 hour session is tailored to give you information that relates specifically to your family. Discussions may relate to the following issues:

  • Court Orders
  • Divorce Applications
  • Cohabitation Agreements and Prenuptial Agreements
  • Parenting and Children Matters
  • Co-Parenting
  • Custody
  • Parenting Schedules
  • Education Issues
  • Property Matters, such as assets, debts, net family property, equalization, exclusions and deductions
  • Matrimonial Home
  • Valuation Issues
  • Pension Issues
  • Business Issues
  • Tax Issues
  • Spousal Support
  • Employment Income
  • Determining Income Amounts
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Canada Pension Plan
  • Scheduling Support Payments
  • Divorce Processes
  • Communication and Decision-Making
  • Collaborative Law
  • Mediation
  • Financial Specialists, Divorce Coaches, Family Coaches and other divorce professionals and their role, if needed
  • Counselling and Support resources available
  • And much, much more.


How Early Neutral Consultation (ENC) Works:

The ONLY way your family law matter is going to be settled smoothly and efficiently is if you and your spouse CONSENT (i.e. agree together). This is FACT #1. This is true whether your matter is out-of-court or in-court. For example, even if your matter is in-court, there will be many discussions before any order is made by a judge at a trial. Getting to a trial almost always takes years, and there are many steps along the way where you are still expected to consent if you want to complete your separation/divorce.

Similarly, if your matter is out-of-court there will be many discussions before any domestic contract (separation agreement, prenuptial agreement, cohabitation agreement) is written and signed. Almost all separating couples say they do not want to waste time and money. However, almost all those same couples do not understand that they will need to consent to reach an agreement with their spouse. If you want to waste your families’ time and resources (money, emotions) on arguing, then that is up to you. There is no magic solution. If you cannot CONSENT somewhere along the way then you and your spouse are going to have to spend a lot of time and resources to go through those steps.

On the other hand, if you DO want to save time and resources, then you DO have to CONSENT (i.e., agree together). FACT #2 is that consent always involves COMPROMISES. The best place to start is with INFORMATION FIRST. Now you are on the right pathway. That is why Early Neutral Consultation works.

*Family Law Pathways Centre information re-produced with permission by Family Law Pathways Centre.


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