things may not be easy right now,
but that doesn't mean it has to be hard
The breakdown of a relationship tends to involve high emotions, especially where children are involved.
On an emotional level you may be experiencing a range of feelings – betrayal, anger, sadness, fear, hurt, uncertainty, disappointment, disbelief, or regret. On a practical level you may not know what steps you should be taking or what you should be doing or saying to your partner or children.
Just because divorce is more common now doesn’t mean it is any easier to deal with or simpler to know what to do.
Every family law situation is different, so although you may have friends, family or colleagues who have been through a separation, chances are that the process and outcome in your matter will be quite different, and in fact it can be detrimental to your case to act on advice from anyone apart from a specialist in family law.
The first step to take is to get proper legal advice about how the system works and to understand your rights and obligations.
With compassion and efficiency, we can help you during this difficult time by working with you to resolve your dispute.
custody and access
travel authorization forms
contested and uncontested divorce
net family property equalization
property claim of common law spouses
unbundled services/legal coaching
COVID 19 - Important Resources
“I can't tell you how much I appreciate the amazing legal work you did on my behalf. Thank you for your hard work to help me with my case. ”
We can offer mediation services virtually. We understand that during these difficult times, our clients may now more than ever benefit from these services and we are equipped and ready to help.
Contact us for details
We will continue to offer our services via telephone or zoom meetings. Where it is required to meet in person, we have protocols in place to minimize the possibility of contact. Please do not attend our offices without first confirming time and date.
All non-urgent court matters have been adjourned until further notice from the Superior Court of Justice.
If you are in a situation requiring assistance, here is a list of resources for you. If you are in danger, call 911.
RACHELLE LAFORGE COLLABORATIVE LAWYER | MEDIATOR
Soldier, skydiver, traveler, entrepreneur, lawyer, mother to five children and able to drive a 10 ton truck. Rachelle’s life story speaks of resilience, passionate commitment to whatever she takes on and a desire to experience pretty much everything the world has to offer.
Rachelle grew up in Thunder Bay and spent time living on Vancouver Island, in Quebec city and in England. Her background before being called to the bar include serving in the Canadian armed forces for 10 years and co-owning and operating two computer retail stores for 7 years.
Rachelle is now a successful lawyer, happy wife and mother and enthusiastic consumer of adventure. A natural extension of her commitment to her community and her deep belief in the power of a helping hand, Rachelle is a dedicated board member of Valoris for Children and Adults of Prescott-Russell and she serves as an elected Trustee of the County of Carleton Law Association.
What most clients don't know about Rachelle?
- "I have jumped out of a plane 300 times"
JOCELYNE OUELLET LEGAL ASSISTANT
Jocelyne has spent her life taking care of and organizing the people around her. She has worked for several years as an administrative assistant in various environments which include French and English Ontario school boards, medical laboratories and software developers.
Jocelyne’s keen organizational skills and natural aptitude for helping others led her to the position of legal assistant at Things Change Legal Services.
She has lived throughout Canada and the United States and has travelled across both countries several times in her RV. When she is not at work, Jocelyne is likely working in the garden and doing renovations with her daughter or you might find her behind her loom weaving a new throw!
What most clients don't know about Jocelyne?
- "I have moved homes 35 times!"
ANNIK DUGAS LAWYER
Annik was born and raised in New Brunswick. She moved to Ottawa in 2013 to pursue her undergraduate studies in Psychology. Thereafter she studied the Program Canadien to complete her Juris Doctor degree and LLL. in June 2020.
Annik was called to the bar in September 2021 . She is interested in family law because she loves to interact directly with people and is keen on helping others deal with stressful and emotional times.
What most clients don't know about Annik?
- "I competed in a hip hop dance in high school."
AXELLE RIOUX ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Axelle is studying communications at the University of Ottawa. She helps the office run smoothly with her keen organizational and administrative skills.
What most clients don't know about Axelle?
- "I have driven across Canada 14 times...if you include there and back."