Family disputes cause real ordeals… When financial or legal stress adds to the suffering, the situation may quickly become unbearable, particularly in the presence of children. A number of questions that seem insoluble then arise.

Separation procedure ? Measures for protection of the marital bond? Amicable or unilateral divorce ? Annulment of marriage ? Dissolution of cohabitation ? Domestic violence ? Parental authority ? Right of custody ? Alternating custody ? Right of visitation ? Calculation of spousal/ child support ? Dissolution of the matrimonial regime ? Division of occupational contingency assets ? Award of the marital home ? etc. ?

Resolve these problems with a lawyer ? Some hesitate to even think about it !

And yet...

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Consideration of all the factors that involve the family is essential. Effective assertion of one’s rights can be a real struggle. Experience shows that simple legal advice may avoid long and costly lawsuit. In complete confidentiality, you can obtain information regarding the stakes and procedures in family law that are often unknown. It is necessary to choose good options from the outset, and to knowledgeably decide whether to initiate a separation procedure or measures for protection of the marital bond, or an amicable or contested divorce proceeding, Consultation with a lawyer opens a constructive dialogue that can lead to astute advice and an expeditious finding of appropriate and efficient solutions. Amicable solutions may be reached in most of family disputes, particularly with respect to the children, who are the first and foremost priority.

When faced with an impasse, recourse to a lawyer who has solid experience in domestic relations is essential for the assertion of your rights in a thoroughly legitimate and efficient way and, of course, in the entire family’s interest. When there is no more dialogue, for example, in the event of violence or a feeling of betrayal, it is imperative to proceed with efficiency and diligence. A strategy and urgent measures must be quickly defined.

Providing the proper information, preparing and planning a separation, or even ensuring the execution thereof are among the first steps a lawyer will take in representing you. Peace in the family and the protection of assets are frequently at stake. Knowing your rights early on is indispensable to having them respected.

...what to do?

Take the leap. Make an appointment. Do not wait to find yourself in a disintegrating situation … Especially when it involves your own family. There can be a stressful confusion of feelings: culpability, shame, anger? Contrary to the received wisdom, the assistance of a lawyer does not necessarily mean the commencement of a painful legal battle. On the contrary, a lawyer very often facilitates the finding of an equitable solution. In situations where dialogue and trust can be preserved, the parties may retain a common lawyer to draft and implement an amicable separation or divorce procedure, which often can be done at a lower cost than that offered by online divorce sites, and certainly with a more personal, humanly sensitive approach.

In more complicated situations, it is important to know how to defend oneself and respond to circumstances expeditiously. Your family’s future may be at stake. You must be able to count on a lawyer who is not only readily available, but also experienced and combative. In view of the impact that family difficulties may have on daily life, a personalized and appropriate strategy devised with one’s lawyer is essential. Such a strategy is not confined merely to judicial proceedings. It is indispensable to be able to count on a broadly experienced lawyer who has a large network of interdisciplinary experts at his disposal.

From the outset, it is essential to take the measures that are necessary from an overall perspective with respect to both the financial and personal stakes. The cost of a lawyer must not put a brake on an efficient defence. Hence, if your financial resources are modest, you can apply for legal aid at our office. Moreover, in simple amicable procedures, proposes all-inclusive fees while providing a personalized contact and an expeditious procedure.

...why us?

Trained at the Universities of Lausanne, Saint-Gall and Geneva, Mr. Matthieu Genillod is thoroughly knowledgeable and deeply engaged in the practise of domestic relations law, particularly with respect to separation and divorce. As he argues almost daily before the judicial authorities in the Canton of Vaud, Lausanne, Nyon, Vevey and Yverdon-les-Bains, he knows their procedures and functions very well, and employs that knowledge to the benefit of all of his clients. Always attentive to his clients and their needs, he practises this particular area of law with rigour and professionalism, but also with humanity. Hence, Mr. Genillod practises law before the Justice of Peace, the district courts of Lausanne, La Côte, the east Vaud, La Broye, the north Vaud, the Vaud cantonal court, or even the federal court, in matrimonial legal proceedings or in domestic relations law, in the broadest sense of the term. gives particular importance to an interdisciplinary approach in legal situations that are seldom limited to a single area of law. Throughout the years, Mr. Genillod has developed solid experience in divorces and separations (MPUC) that are complicated at a financial level (spousal and/or child support, calculation of the lifestyle, or liquidation of the matrimonial regime), as well as at a personal and family level, (alternating custody, child protection or procedure with the youth protection department). He also collaborates in international family situations with the support of foreign research. Strongly grounded in this experience, he serves as a custodian in complicated family situations at the request of a client and/or judicial authority. Devoted to his profession, Mr. Genillod – who holds the TREX / MAS HES federal diploma of fiduciary experts – teaches domestic relations and estate law, and is committed to the fundamental importance of ongoing training and up-to-date knowledge of changes in the legislation. Mr. Genillod is personally engaged in efforts against domestic violence. He collaborates with a number of social institutions, such as the MalleyPrairie Centre, the LAVI Centre and even the Women’s Centre. Aware of the difficulties in such situations, he assists not only victims, but also perpetrators before both civil and criminal authorities.

First and foremost, Mr. Genillod has a large network of professionals at his disposal to handle aspects of the most demanding and diverse situations from a human and financial perspective (psychologists, mediators, arbitrators, notaries, fiduciaries, taxation, etc.). Mr. Matthieu Genillod practises law at the Alphalex Avocats SA firm, of which he is the founder and the managing partner. Hence, he may count on the collaboration of lawyers experienced in domestic relations law. Finally, Mr. Genillod attaches utmost importance to a personalized approach in each situation, always keeping in mind the client’s best interests and the protection thereof.

...a few important links

·   Matrimonial law (case law)

·   Marriage

·   Divorce

·   Parental authority and support agreement

·   Civil Status

·   Youth protection department

·   Children / parents’ right of visitation (meeting point)

·   MalleyPrairie Centre

·   PROFA fundation - LAVI Centre

·   Unit of Violence Medicine

·   Association of Vaud notaries

·   Cantonal court of Vaud

·   Central public ministry and district ministries of Lausanne, La Côte, the east Vaud, La Broye and North Vaud

·   District courts of Lausanne, La Côte, the east Vaud, La Broye and the north Vaud

...where to find us?

Every day of the week at ALPHALEX AVOCATS SA.

Av. du Tribunal-Fédéral 1
1005 Lausanne
T 021 512 44 43


> Lausanne access

Av. de la Gare 23-25
1800 Vevey
T 021 512 44 43


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You may contact us by telephone at 021 512 44 43 or by E-MAIL. is not a legal permanence. Matthieu Genillod and his associates Mes Mathias Micsiz, Stéphanie Zaganescu, Me Jeanne Clerc, Me Dévi-Victoria Dupuis and Me Emilie Brabis Lehmann, work in the law firm ALPHALEX AVOCATS SA.

For any general legal question or information on the judicial organization, you are invited to consult the website of the Vaud Judicial Order or that of the Vaud Bar Association (OAV).

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