After being called to the Bar in 2007, Martin worked in Ottawa as an associate for both Sean Jones and Richard Bowles from 2009 to 2015. He transitioned to his own practice in 2016 and currently works in association with Richard Bowles and Sarah Kennedy.
Martin has worked primarily in the area of Family Law; however, due to the demand, he has recently undertaken an increasing number of Estates matters.
Working both in the role of litigator and negotiator, Martin has gained significant trial/arbitration experience during which he has come to understand the need to consider the costs and benefits of litigation. His experience has also provided him with the knowledge and understanding of both the mechanics and details of enforcing property and costs orders. MORE
"My partner & I recently consulted with Martin around a family law matter. Up to that point, we had very poor experiences with other lawyers. A colleague recommended Martin, we were immediately blown away by his knowledge, compassion, responsiveness, & willingness to truly want to help us. It is the first time a lawyer took the time to listen to us & provide us with clear recommendations so we felt confident in what we had to do to move forward with our lives. I cannot express how grateful we are for Martin. Thank you again for your knowledge & expertise!" ~ Potter, Police Services
Custody and Access
The discussion of custody centers around the ability to make major decision regarding the children. Where they will go to school, what counselor they will see, who their physicians and specialists will be, what medical treatment should be followed etc…
The discussion of access centres around parenting time and maximum contact to the non-custodial or non-residential parent.
It is the right of the child. The determining factor is the non-residential parent’s gross annual income. The amount is determined using the Federal Child Support Guidelines. But, what do you do when the payor is intentionally unemployed or underemployed or is hiding income by working under the table. And, what about adult children who are working, going to school or have repudiated their relationship with the payor?
With respect to spousal support, what happens where both parties have worked through the marriage or one gave up their career to stay home an raise the children. MORE
Equalization of Net Family Property
The idea is for each party to walk away from the marriage with ½ the net benefit gained during the marriage. No spouse gets 1/2 of the other spouse’s property. MORE