Why Choose Kattie Ross?
There is nothing more important than family. When people are experiencing a reorganization of their family structure, they are stressed and often somewhat sad. The professional you choose should have the skill set and experience to address the issues at hand in a timely and cost efficient manner. Your professional should be resolution oriented and not focused on a long drawn out court battle – that would only leave you exhausted and broke.
What I will do:
As a wife and mother of three, I can relate to the complexities of life and the fact that “no family is perfect”. I will listen and guide you in making the best decisions for you at a time when decision making may be difficult, drawing on my legal expertise and experience as a family law lawyer since 2004.
What I won’t do:
I will not simply hold your hand and tell you what you want to hear. That would be a disservice to you. I will not encourage you to take the matter to court if there are alternative ways of getting the same results in a more time and cost efficient manner.
I accept legal service plans from:
- OPG (Ontario Power Generation)
- CAW (General Motors)
- Four Counties Family Mediation
Mediation & Family Law Services
Mediation is a process where I act as a neutral person. In this capacity, I am not acting as a lawyer and I will not favor one person’s position over another. My job in this role is to assist the two sides in negotiating a resolution.
This process is completely voluntary. Unlike the public court system, it is a completely private process. No one will have access to your information and your “dirty laundry” will remain private.
Collaborative Family Law
Collaborative Law is simply the settling of a case with legal counsel but without Court intervention. The goal is to assist my clients in resolving all issues pertaining to their separation without going to court.
Collaborative Family Law focuses on the specific needs of each family. In my experience, this process results in tangible benefits for the parties and most importantly their children by leaving decision making with the parties and not the court.
Before a judge will grant a divorce, they often require that all other issues are finalized. I will help you create and/or finalize separation agreements, court orders, child support, and other matters.
Children are the biggest concern for my clients during a separation. In Ontario, our courts focus on one this: the best interests of the children.
I can help you ensure that your separation agreement expresses your wishes, guide you through the court system, or assist you privately through mediation and/or collaborative law.
Child Support & Section 7
Children need financial support from their parents, and they have a legal right to it. Who pays child support, how much they pay, and for how long are only a few issues that need to be worked out between parties.
I can assist you in determining the appropriate amount of child support and what constitutes a Section 7 expense (e.g., daycare and medical expenses).
Spousal support is often the second most hotly contested issue (after custody/access). I will assist my client to negotiate and establish a fair resolution for the amount of support to be paid/received and the duration of which it will be paid/received.
There is much to consider during a separation and divorce, but one of the most frequent question is “Who gets what?” For some couples the division of property can get very messy, while others are able to deal with it quickly and easily.
I can help you understand what you keep and what you must divide, and work with you to gather the relevant documentation to establish who owes whom an equalization payment, if any.