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Experienced Divorce Lawyers in Calgary 

A separation or divorce can be one of the most traumatic and stressful periods of anyone’s life. This is especially true if children are involved. If you are seeking out the advice and legal representation of a divorce lawyer in Calgary, First West Law can help. We take a compassionate approach in working with couples to legally dissolve their marriage or form a separation agreement. We understand that emotions run high  during times like these. You can rest assured our family lawyers will have your and your family’s best interests at heart. If you’re looking for a divorce lawyer who will help you get a fresh start on life, schedule a consultation with the team at First West Law today.

Our Approach for Calgary Divorces

When assessing each relationship breakdown, our approach emphasizes a focus on the unique nature of every relationship. Everyone’s situation is different, and it is important to think about how best to deal with the end of your marital or common-law relationship. Some important elements to consider for Calgary family law matters include:


How long were you with your partner?

Generally speaking, the longer you’ve been with someone, the more intertwined your lives are, which normally means there will be more unique aspects to consider.


How many assets do you & your spouse share?

Some relationships are built on financial independence, whereas others take a more team-oriented approach to building wealth. It’s important to know how much you and your partner shared, and what you shared, to figure out what you’ll be taking with you.


How did you & your spouse live your life?

Did you both work? Did you share the household tasks equally, or was there an understanding that you would divide things a certain way?


How many children do you have? How old are they?

The law seeks to establish a separation that is in the best interests of the children, so the presence of children makes for a more complicated separation process.


Are there any other special considerations?

Every family is different, and sometimes there are unique circumstances– such as a medical condition– that need to be considered in order to truly understand your marriage.

 

An assessment of the above factors, among others, will provide us with a good idea of what the dissolution of your marriage will look like. After this assessment, the focus will shift to assisting you in making as smooth a transition as possible to your new life. There are various options available, including settlement, mediation and litigation. Our divorce lawyers in Calgary focus on developing a solution that fits your situation. Having a lawyer by your side can be helpful in:

 

• Understanding legal processes
• Processing divorce procedures faster
• Acquiring child custody
• Negotiating an agreement

 

Don't hesitate to reach out for more information. We also provide legal services for cases related to personal injury, real estate, business law and more.

The Divorce Process in Alberta

At First West Law LLP, we can provide you with complete assistance on the legal processes related to obtaining a divorce in Alberta. If you have been contemplating a divorce, here’s what you need to know.

The Three Grounds for Divorce

As per the Divorce Act, these are the three legal grounds for divorce:

Separation: When you and your spouse have lived apart for at least one year, you can then file for a divorce on the grounds of separation.

Adultery: Adultery must be proven in court through evidence or an affidavit signed by the person committing adultery.

Cruelty: When your spouse engages in physical or mental cruelty to you, including violence, verbal abuse, drug use or drunkenness, you can file for a divorce.

Uncontested Divorce

An uncontested divorce is where the issues related to custody, parenting and support have been settled without the intervention of the court.

 

We can assist with the instructions and formalities in an uncontested divorce. Call us to schedule an appointment at our Calgary law firm.

Our Areas of Expertise in Family Law

At First West Law LLP, we can provide you with comprehensive legal assistance on matters of separation and divorce. Our experienced divorce lawyers can provide you with valuable legal advice on matters such as:

  • Marital property division
  • Spousal support
  • Child support
  • Child custody

Contact our divorce lawyers in Calgary today to schedule a consultation. We can help you navigate the legal process during this challenging time and help you reach solutions for the divorce and family law obligations. Whether you are preparing to file for a divorce, or have been served with divorce papers, we will advise you for your personal situation.

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