Family Law

Not sure where to begin? Don’t know if you should separate temporarily, permanently or at all? Our family lawyers,  Matthew Yates and Alan Perello will go through your options with you so you have an idea of what steps you need to take.

The breakdown of a relationship or marriage can be stressful and traumatic for everyone involved. The experienced team at Trillo, Perello & Yates in Nelson can help. We will give you comprehensive advice about your legal rights, entitlements and obligations and the different options available to settle any matter in which you and your partner may disagree.

We provide Independent Legal Advice (ILA) for a separation agreement or marriage agreement. If you have been provided with an agreement by an ex-spouse or with the assistance of a family justice counsellor, it is important that you get independent advice before you sign. For a set fee, we will review the agreement with you to make sure that your interests have been properly considered and fully protected.

Our approach to family law is to encourage settlements, not arguments. We aim to provide value for our clients and our focus is on achieving the best results promptly and cost-effectively. We are committed to giving you sensible, practical and realistic advice.

If you decide to separate, you and your partner will need to make a variety of decisions about your children and property. We can help with negotiations and, if necessary, court proceedings for family law issues such as:

  • Divorce and separation
  • Division of property and debt
  • Spousal support
  • Separation agreements and marriage agreements
  • Pension and RRSP division
  • Child support
  • Arrears of child support
  • Guardianship, custody and access
  • Parenting plans and consent orders
  • Moving with your children
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements
  • Independent legal advice

We are committed to reaching the best results for our clients quickly and economically. The best results in family law are those that are fair and reasonable for the parties involved. The more quickly and easily that result is achieved, the better it is for everyone.

For more information on family law matters, please view our frequently asked questions.