Minimizing the stress and pain caused by a relationship breakdown
Divorce is never easy. It can be especially difficult when you have children involved or if your relationship has become abusive. It may help to know there are some things you can do to make the process easier for yourself and your family.
First, get legal advice from an experienced divorce lawyer. You need someone with experience dealing with complex issues such as custody battles, child support payments, spousal maintenance, division of property, etc. A family law lawyer will also advise you about what steps you should take before filing for divorce so you don’t end up making mistakes that could cost you money down the road.
Next, if you find yourself in an abusive relationship and are concerned for your safety, contact the police or find the supports you need to stay safe.
A divorce is considered “contested” if there is an ongoing dispute between the parties over marital property or how much support should be paid. Legal representation on each side can assist the parties in negotiating involving important topics such as child custody, spousal support, division of assets, and much more.
Alternatively, an uncontested divorce allows you and your spouse to get divorced without having to go through any court proceedings at all. This type of divorce is also known as a “desk” divorce because most of the work is done at the lawyer’s desk and not in the courtroom. Both spouses usually have a separation agreement completed beforehand, where they must agree on the main aspects of their separation in advance. One key focus aspect of an uncontested divorce is to finalize the marriage in a swift, cooperative fashion.
An uncontested divorce, by nature, is far less costly and time-consuming than a contested divorce. Contact the Chahal Raj law office today to request an introductory consultation with a divorce lawyer for more information on the timeline and costs of filing for divorce.
There are many different reasons why people decide to file for divorce. Some common ones include:
When it comes to determining how much parenting time each parent should receive after separating, two types of custody agreements are available: shared custody and sole custody.
In sole custody, the children live with one parent who has full parental rights and the authority to make both day-to-day decisions and major decisions for their welfare.
In shared custody, the children live equally with both parents who share joint decision-making to raise their children.
In split parenting, the siblings have been separated, and each parent has one or more of the children.
If you’re an unmarried couple planning to separate, you might wonder how the divorce and separation rules in Alberta apply to your adult interdependent relationship. On January 1, 2020, property division laws changed in Alberta for people living in common-law relationships. This means that adult interdependent partners now have the same property division rules and protection as married couples.
In order to protect yourself and minimize mistakes in this often delicate process, it’s important to seek out professional legal advice early on. At the Chahal Raj Law, we understand how stressful divorces can be, especially when children are involved. We offer compassionate guidance throughout every step of the process. Contact Us today to set up a no-obligation consultation with a family lawyer in our office.