SERVICES PROVIDED

EXPERTISE - STRATEGY - STRENGTH

  • Divorce and Separation

  • Child Guardianship, Custody & Access

  • Appeals in BC and Across Canada

  • Hague Convention Child Abduction

  • Support - Child & Spousal

  • LGTBQ Sensitive Matters (Gender Dis-morphia, Reproductive Law)

  • Property and Asset Division

  • Debt Liability Management

  • Relocation with Children

  • Co-Habitation and Marriage Agreements

  • Strategic Representation

  • Litigation

  • Independent Legal Advice (ILA)

  • Death and Illness

  • Full File Review

INITIAL CONSULTATION

Lets get to know each other.

One hour with our senior lawyer John D. Nelson. Let us know your circumstances and concerns and you will receive personalized support and summary advice on how best to move forward with your case. You will leave your one-hour consultation knowing exactly what your rights and obligations are so that you can make informed-decisions.

STRATEGIC 
REPRESENTATION

I need guidance. This is a complicated situation.

Cornerstone Family Law has a proven track record of achieving positive results for its clients both inside and outside of the courtroom. Once you become a client, you will have access to all the additional resources and services that Cornerstone Family Law provides. When you choose John D.Nelson he will implement the Cornerstone Advantage  for your matter. Careful planning and a crafted strategic presentation win the day. Short surgically-precise court hearings and clear firm communications are often enough to motivate opposing parties to consider favorable settlement. It is always preferable to negotiate a settlement on family law matters if possible as it keeps proceedings private and dignified, and it keeps costs to a minimum.

LITIGATION

I've lost control of my own life.  Help me get it back!

Sometimes there is no other choice then to put your case in the hands of a judge to make the final decisions. If you find yourself facing a multi-day trial you need a powerhouse legal team behind you who can protect you from the process while presenting the most effective case possible. Cornerstone Family Law has successfully represented our clients in many highly-contentious matters in BC Supreme and Provincial courts. Trial produces final orders, and for those clients who are forced into these circumstances can be the only way to achieve resolution.

WEALTH PRESERVATION

What exactly are Co-Habitation Agreements, Wills, Power of Attorneys, Estate Plans, Marriage Agreements, Trusts? Are they relevant to my life or my family's life?

Our clients work hard and plan carefully for many years to build their lives and their children's futures. It is essential to ensure that at each step of the way the people who matter to you are protected.


We believe that it makes good sense to negotiate a Marriage or Co-Habitation agreement in advance of the wedding or moving in together while you are best able to communicate and plan together - this sets the stage for a long and prosperous union when the hard questions are asked and answered right up front.


Cornerstone Family Law knows what need to get done, and they will make sure that it is finalized in a direct, respectful and discrete way. 

INDEPENDENT LEGAL ADVICE
(ILA CERTIFICATION)

Am I doing the right thing for myself and my family?

Please come see us for ILA if you are being asked to sign an agreement that has been negotiated when you didn't have a lawyer. Legal agreements are binding and enforceable documents. A detailed review by a legal professional with an eye to protect your interests, could mean the difference between a good agreement that stands the test of time or one that haunts you for years to come. Come see us before you sign!

SECOND OPINION - FULL FILE REVIEW

Am I on the right track?

When doubts start to creep in about either a settlement or going to trial, it may help to get a fresh perspective on your active file. Regardless of whether you are at the beginning or the middle of a court proceeding, we can help you to see where there may be gaps in your case. This process can free your mind to move forward with a renewed sense of confidence or a clear decision to change paths.