A Toronto boutique law firm changing the way people divorce

We help clients navigate the emotional, financial and legal issues in divorce.

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Find out about what to expect when you choose Musson Law.

The first call

Making the first call to a lawyer can often be difficult but it doesn’t mean you are committing to getting divorced or even initiating the process. It’s about gathering information. However, If you are making the call…

…we understand that there are issues within your relationship and that you are evaluating the best path forward  – and we’re here to listen as well as advise.

The call will not be stressful and there is no charge for an initial consultation. We will spend time speaking to you about your issues and options and provide you with the information you need to make the decision to divorce on your own terms. If you believe that divorce is the right option to best move forward, we want you to make sure you choose the right process for you.

Once you have decided to divorce, the two most important decisions you make will involve choosing the right lawyer and choosing the right process.

When you are ready, please call 416.849.0491 or book the call online.

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Choosing your process

At Musson Law, our cases are classified into one of two streams. The first stream is Collaborative/Settlement-Focused, and the second stream is Litigation. The skill set needed to negotiate and work collaboratively is very different from the skill set required to be an effective trial lawyer. Many lawyers claim to be able to navigate both types of cases, but in our experience, this is not the case. We have specifically delineated these cases. We are happy to have the bench strength to offer our clients highly skilled lawyers in both streams.
One significant benefit to the two-stream model is that sometimes your case starts in one stream but then, due to various factors, needs to be re-evaluated and realigned to the other stream. We can do this seamlessly and without additional cost.
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Collaborative law

Collaborative law is an alternative to the traditional court-based approach that avoids costly court proceedings, preserves relationships and greatly reduces stress and the time required to reach a mutually agreeable…

…legally binding separation agreement. It is non-adversarial and requires both parties to work together in good faith through a participation agreement that is facilitated by a team of two specially trained Collaborative Lawyers and neutral third-party specialists. 

The process begins with the assembly of a ‘Collaborative Team’ that will manage or ‘steward’ the journey, which starts with each party hiring a Collaborative Lawyer who is specially trained and certified in the collaborative process. We then engage the expert services of a Financial Neutral, jointly chosen by the clients to evaluate, manage, and sort through family assets, while determining realistic and forward-looking budgets. If children are involved, a Social Worker is included on the Collaborative Team. Both parties agree upon the choice of a social worker, who is hired on a joint retainer. This social worker can also meet with the children alone and help give them a voice (in a safe way), making the process as child-focused as possible. This collective of professionals forms the Collaborative Team.

The clients then sign a participation agreement, attesting that they are not proceeding to court and are going to negotiate in good faith. This paves the way for the collaborative approach. Next, the Collaborative Team meets without the spouses and agrees upon an agenda for the first meeting. A date is then set for a mandatory, in-person (or through online video during times of physical distancing) meeting involving the entire team and the spouses, at which time the parties arrive prepared to negotiate. A full list of issues is addressed in this meeting. Sometimes we start with the smaller, simpler issues first and then move to the more complex areas. This helps establish trust in the process, trust in the team, and trust in the clients’ ability to reach agreements.

Afterward, the Collaborative Team members debrief, without the clients present. At this time, they set an agenda for the next meeting. This process is followed until all issues are acceptably resolved. When all the issues have been dealt with successfully, both of the Collaborative Lawyers work together in preparing a legally binding separation agreement for review. Once this agreement has been signed, the process is complete – without the time, stress, expense, and public disclosure associated with traditional court-based processes.

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The timeline & cost

Once people understand and have chosen the process, they often next want to understand the timeline and cost. While there is no standard timeline and budget (as each process and the people involved…

 …are unique), we can provide insight into how couples working together can control these important factors.

Collaborative law is a non-adversarial approach to divorce that avoids costly court proceedings, preserves relationships, and greatly reduces stress. It’s also a proven and reliable way to expedite timelines and preserve family assets. Traditional court-based approaches are not only much more expensive and painful, but they typically take much longer, as the schedule of the court often determines the speed of the process.

A collaborative approach operates under the assumption that the parties involved are the best decision-makers for their futures, and the futures of their children, not a judge. This means the timeline of the overall path to resolution is within the control of the two spouses and determined by their ability to work together in good faith.

While the Collaborative Team (which includes two specially trained Collaborative Lawyers and neutral third-party specialists) will steward the process, the ability of the spousal parties to resolve the set of issues will ultimately drive the schedule, the amount of resources applied, and ultimately the cost.

While there is no standard timeline and budget, resolutions usually cost between $20K –$30K in total cost and shared between the spouses and require between 6-15 months. But again, the speed and cost are largely determined by the ability of the two parties to work together.

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Collaborative Family Law

The goal of collaboratively family law is to allow those who are in the middle of a divorce or separation, to work in a collaborative manner with …

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Divorce

Divorce is about moving forward and starting a new chapter. If you have settled all your other matrimonial issues or you are just starting the process, we are here to help.

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Separation Agreements

If you and your spouse are in agreement on the terms of your separation, you are free to put your decisions into a separation agreement…

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At Musson Law, we understand the importance of finding the right fit for your representation. We take the time to get to know our clients and create a strategic plan that will help them to move forward and make a positive change in their lives. Get in touch so we can learn more about your goals and how we can help you reach them.
Anna-Marie Musson, Founder

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