Family, Personal and Estate


Lavery offers the services of a team of experienced lawyers specialized in family law, personal law, and estate law who will be responsive to your needs, seek optimal solutions, whatever your situation, and ensure that your rights are respected.

You will benefit from their extensive expertise which, if necessary, will be combined with that of our legal advisers in the areas of tax law, corporate law, commercial litigation, and real estate.

Our authoritative publications include Législation sur le patrimoine familial annotée (Carswell, 3rd edition, 2000) and the update to the property law section of Droit de la famille québécois (Éditions CCH/FM Ltée).


  • Divorce, separation, and marriage annulment proceedings (evaluation and division of family patrimony, matrimonial regimes, and pension plans)
  • Drafting agreements on corollary relief to divorce and legal separation
  • Child custody and support
  • Adoption
  • Spousal support
  • Represent children before the courts
  • Applications to confirm parental authority
  • Paternity suits
  • Acting for common law spouses
  • Drafting domestic partnership/cohabitation agreements
  • Drafting marriage contracts and prenuptial and post nuptial agreements
  • Applications for the division of property
  • Modification of accessory measures (alimony, custody, child support)
  • Drafting wills and estate settlements
  • Preparing living wills, powers of attorney, and mandates in anticipation of incapacity
  • Estate litigation; proceedings to set aside wills, to replace liquidators or trustees, to account for profits, to amend trust deeds, to terminate trusts, and for declaratory judgment
  • Application to open protective supervision for persons of minor or full age (tutorship, curatorship, adviser)
  • Advising on private international law rules in areas such as relocation of children, foreign matrimonial regimes, and settlement of foreign estates