Family  & divorce Lawyers 

Family Law

Family Lawyers in Ottawa

How We
Can Help

Our family lawyers are experienced in all areas of family law and are ready to assist you regardless of the stage of your relationship. We can help you if you are considering moving in with a partner and looking to arrange your finances through a cohabitation agreement.

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Family matters & domestic relations

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Family Law - Parenting
Fertility Law: a surrogate mother's belly bump

civil unions & domestic partnerships

We can help you if you have separated from a spouse and need advice as to your rights and obligations: this may lead to a resolution through negotiating a separation agreement, mediating and coming to a resolution, or litigation involving court proceedings or arbitration.

No matter your family law status, we are here to help guide you through the process and advocate on your behalf.


Clients have more than just financial disputes. The lawyers at Richardson Hall LLP are well-versed in parenting and decision-making disputes. We conduct trials, arbitrations, and motions in high-conflict parenting matters, though it remains our goal to settle your matter where appropriate. We are involved in matters requiring parenting assessments and can advise parents on how to engage with a parenting assessor, raise concerns, and deal with an assessor’s recommendations.

We also act in urgent matters where judicial intervention is required immediately to ensure children’s best interests were protected, including working with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer whose lawyers speak on behalf of some children in the courtroom.

Our expertise extends to guiding clients through the nuanced legal landscape concerning parentage. This includes crafting parentage agreements that outline rights and responsibilities, declarations of parentage to establish legal ties, clarifications of non-parentage when needed, and overseeing second-parent adoptions to ensure a smooth and legally sound transition into parenthood.  We also help parents mediate and create parenting plans to better communicate with their former partners and prevent disputes from arising. Our commitment is to make the legal aspect of family building as seamless and empowering as possible for our valued clients.

Fertility Matters

Within our Fertility Law practice, our primary goal is to facilitate the journey of individuals and couples striving to realize their dreams of parenthood. We understand the complexity and emotional significance of family-building through assisted reproduction methods. Whether it’s arranging surrogacy agreements, navigating the intricacies of egg and sperm donor agreements, or facilitating embryo donations, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive legal support.

plan of action

know your rights

In our initial meeting we will discuss all the relevant facts of your matters and can provide recommendations as to the most appropriate path forward for your needs. Your matter may be capable of a negotiated resolution where the parties can form a cohabitation agreement or separation agreement.

building your case

In other circumstances, negotiation only may be inappropriate. In those cases, we will recommend commencing a court proceeding to ensure your rights and those of your children are protected. In certain cases, an alternative dispute resolution process such as mediation may be appropriate to help reach a resolution.

We will have a complete discussion with you about the advantages and disadvantages of each of these steps to enable you to make an informed decision best-suited for your needs.

“Liberty is the right to do what the law permits.”


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our professional Family Law services

You can assist us when it comes to the initial meeting. Some of the documents we may be requesting from you include income tax returns, notices of assessment, paystubs, and proof of assets and liabilities.

These documents will be required no matter what course of action we ultimately follow to bring your matter to a resolution. The sooner you can organize this financial disclosure, the faster we will be able to make specific recommendations for you.

Continuous Assessment

We continually re-assess your situation to ensure your legal strategy remains tailored to you.

Custom Recommendations

No two files are similar. Our courtroom and negotiation experience informs our recommendations.

Beneficial Resolution

Our lawyers always want to resolve matters in an efficient manner, ensuring the resolution is in everyone’s best interests.

Effective & Efficient

Our ultimate goal is to assist you in achieving a satisfactory resolution to your family law matter in an effective and efficient manner.
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