Family Law

Divorce, Custody, Access, Support & More

Handling Family Law in Southern Georgian Bay:

Experience matters when it comes to family law issues. Whether you’re going through separation or a custody battle, you want a divorce lawyer in Meaford who understands the legal process and can guide you through these emotionally tense times. At Scheifele Erskine & Renken, we offer legal service for divorce, separation, child support and custody, spousal support, cohabitation and alimony agreements, property division, and much more. Our services include:

  • Divorce proceedings
  • Custody and access disputes
  • Resolution of child support
  • Spousal support
  • Division of property
  • Negotiation and preparation of separation agreements
  • Marriage contracts
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Representation in child welfare proceedings

Exploring the Divorce Process

One of the main issues we deal with is divorce law. In Canada, divorces are granted by the courts. When both parties are in agreement, a divorce can usually be granted within three to six months. If there is no agreement, a trial may be necessary. It could take years to reach trial and for any appeals to be resolved, depending on the complexities of the issues involved. When dealing with a divorce case, you need a lawyer who will assist you every step of the way, working to get you the best possible settlement while taking family implications into account.

What is Collaborative Family Law?

Collaborative Practice, including Collaborative Family Law and interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce, is a way for separating spouses to resolve their disputes respectfully and without going to court. The parties work with lawyers trained in the collaborative process, and in a case by case basis, involve other professionals trained in the process, such as financial planners and divorce counsellors, in order to negotiate a fair and equitable resolution when a relationship breaks down.

The heart of Collaborative Practice or Collaborative Divorce (also called “no-court divorce,” “divorce with dignity,” “peaceful divorce”) is to offer both spouses the support, protection, and guidance without going to court. Additionally, Collaborative Practice allows the parties the benefit of child and financial specialists, family professionals, and other experts all working together not against each other. The collaborative process is therefore fundamentally different from the traditional litigation approach.

More Information?

Collaborative Family Law Group of Grey/Bruce

Ontario Collaborative Law Federation

Get Legal Advice Today

At Scheifele Erskine & Renken, we are pleased to provide representation in the courtroom as well as in any mediation setting. We work with you to find the solutions that make sense you and your family. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office for more information or to request a consultation.


39 Nelson St. W. P.O. Box 3395,

Meaford, ON, N4L 1N2
Call Now: 519-538-2510
Fax: 519-538-1843



41 Bruce St. S.
Thornbury, ON, N0H 2P0

Call Now: 519-538-2510
Fax: 519-599-9909


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  • Collingwood
  • Thornbury
  • Meaford
  • Owen Sound
  • Surrounding areas within Simcoe, Grey and Bruce Counties.