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If we have settled everything between ourselves, do we still need a lawyer?

By: Steven Benmor, B.Sc., LL.B., Family Lawyer

Jurisdiction: Ontario (Canada)

“If we have settled everything between ourselves, do we still need a lawyer?” Yes.

Before any agreement is made, each spouse should obtain independent legal advise from a Family lawyer who will advise the spouse on his or her Family law rights and obligations.

This is necessary in order to recommend terms of settlement that are fair, practical and enforceable.

It may not seem necessary now, but it can prevent many problems from arising in the future and reduce further cost and grief.

Each spouse’s own Family lawyer will protect that spouse’s own legal interests, inform that spouse of issues that he or she may not have considered and ensure that any agreement is fair, practical and enforceable.

Steven Benmor

About the author: Steven Benmor practices Family Law in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Visit Steven Benmor’s online Family Law Resource Center for concise answers to many more frequently asked Family law questions, feature articles on Family law topics, dozens of links to other Family law websites, and more at The information on this page is for discussion purposes only. It is by no means legal advice or even a statement of the law on this subject. Please do not rely on the accuracy or completeness of this information. Any question or concern elicited by the information on this page should be taken to a lawyer who will consider the facts of each case and the legal remedies available.