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  • When I had my first consultation with Dawn Bennett, I immediately knew how very fortunate I was to find someone with all the qualities I was looking for and the personality to honestly and firmly consider all the factors without cutting corners or compromising personal or professional integrity. Read MoreDawn takes the time to ask all the right questions, encourages you to ask questions yourself and very clearly explains all your legal rights/obligations and the different options available, with focus on least acrimonious approach. Her legal briefs, correspondences and documentary submissions are of such a consistently high quality that I am truly amazed. The care and attention that she extends to my case shows a total understanding that there is no one size fit all solution to your unique situation.
    A divorce is never a frivolous exercise but a serious life changing event, I am very blessed to have Dawn as my legal counsel through this very traumatic transition. I am tempted to say never, since no one should be so unfortunate, but I will safely say, should I ever have to go through this experience again, I would be a very happy return client.
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    ~ P.C.

  • I was a new immigrant to Canada and raising two young children when my husband filed for divorce. Now, not only was I adjusting to a new country but I had to do it alone. I had no contacts, no money and knew nothing about the legal system here. Dawn Bennett was recommended to me by a colleague of hers and from the moment I met her, I felt I had finally found a safe place. Read MoreShe helped me navigate the divorce process with patience, confidence, honesty and a competitive spirit that brought me to where I am right now... "A calm & determined force, she put her soul into my case
    Dawn helped make me become stronger woman, she helped me become more confident and because of Dawn, I can take my kids to school every day, I have a home to live in, I can take care of my own life, and even have time to volunteer to help others.
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  • I'd been separated for a while before I found Dawn Bennett. It was a huge step to hire a lawyer but I felt really comfortable with her. She understood I wanted a safe environment for my kids and my (now ex) husband. Read MoreI know I would have had pressure from other lawyers to "get the most for myself!" but that was not the case with Dawn. She allowed me take a more peaceful and gentle approach to the divorce. She understood when there were certain things I didn't want to do but helped me to understand what HAD to be done under the law.
    She is very professional and knows her stuff!!! What Dawn does is important to the community and I support her 100%.
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    ~ C.P

  • I was in the process of a messy divorce with a lawyer I just couldn't connect with. The situation I was in was abusive and getting worse. Dawn knows the law and what needs to be done. She explained step by step what had to happen and why each step had to be taken. Read MoreYou can't skip steps...as much as I may have wanted to at times. In fact, to save fees, she backed off for 8 months at one point knowing that nothing was going to happen anyway...many lawyers would have capitalized on the "messiness of the divorce" to make more money!
    I regard Dawn as a friend and an excellent lawyer, she understands the law, she is organized and exemplifies professionalism!
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    ~ E.L.

  • Dawn is a gifted, compassionate and generous person. She made it her goal to keep my cost down as much as possible. It's good knowing you're with someone talking the same language, who is not motivated by personal gain. I would recommend her without any hesitation... in fact, I told a friend of mine about her when he was facing his own divorce and he was every bit as satisfied with her services and the outcome.Lawyer Mississauga - Right Quote
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Family property defined

Family property defined

When two people marry, share a home, and start a family together, they are bound to acquire properties. In most cases partners bring in their belongings into the marriage; receive gifts during the course of the relationship and also incur debts either separately or jointly. While the marriage is still intact division of property is not usually an issue. However, once there is a marriage breakdown property division becomes a big issue, and then the need of correctly determining the meaning of family property arises. Dawn Bennett is an experienced Mississauga family lawyer and will assist you in determining and … Continue reading

An experienced family lawyer provides help in understanding support obligations

family lawyer in Mississauga provides help in understanding support obligations

After a marriage breakdown, the process of dividing the assets that the family has accumulated over the years begins.  Family law can be a little  bit complicated; therefore acquiring the services of an experienced family lawyer cannot be overemphasized. Dawn Bennett, a Mississauga family law lawyer can assist you in making the process as painless as possible, as well as protecting  your financial future.   Spousal support Under Ontario family law, marriage is considered an economic partnership. It recognizes that the spouse who brings in less income in the family may need financial assistance from the higher-earning former spouse. However, this … Continue reading

Family law cases in Mississauga involving domestic contracts

Mississauga involving domestic contracts

You and your spouse can create a written agreement that spells out how various aspects of your life will be handled. This document may be written at any time before or while you are living together or married. These domestic contracts play an  important role in family law cases. Mississauga lawyer, Dawn Bennett, is experienced in preparing, interpreting, and implementing domestic contracts.   What is a domestic contract? Domestic contracts generally fall into these categories: Cohabitation Agreement– A comprehensive document outlining critical elements of living together. Unmarried couples usually enter into this agreement when a decision has been made to … Continue reading

Divorcing and determining your rights to the matrimonial home

determining your rights to the matrimonial home

For many married couples, the matrimonial home is their primary asset. It holds a multitude of memories and provides shelter and safety for the whole family. This makes the matrimonial home a key element in the division of property when there is a marriage breakdown. With a wealth of experience in  divorce and family law, Dawn Bennett assists couples in finding a negotiation-based resolution, in dealing with issues that relate to the matrimonial home.   Matrimonial home The Ontario Family Law Act defines “matrimonial home” as every property in which a person has an interest and is or was ordinarily … Continue reading

Family lawyer explains the difference between uncontested and contested divorce

uncontested and contested divorce

Divorce can be an emotional time period involving sensitive issues concerning finances, children, and much more. Dawn Bennett lends a listening ear to those who face this life-changing event. She is happy to explain the rules that govern divorce in Ontario and the difference between uncontested and contested divorce. Dawn Bennett proudly serves clients at her family law practice, Bennett Law Chambers in Mississauga.   Knowing the rules that govern divorce Couples must show the breakdown of their marriages to qualify for divorce. This can be demonstrated if any the following has occurred: The couple is living separate and apart … Continue reading

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