Divorce & Separation
At Symmetry Family Law we are able to assist you at any stage of your divorce or separation to resolve the various issues that arise upon the breakdown of your relationship, including:
- Child support;
- Spousal support;
- Division of matrimonial/family property; and
- Drafting agreements relating to any or all of the above issues.
Common Law Relationships
Many people reside in relationships that we often refer to as “common law” relationships. For family lawyers, this typically means a relationship in which you are cohabiting with another person but you are not married, nor are you in an adult interdependent relationship. There are a number of legal issues that may arise upon the breakdown of a common law relationship, which we can assist you in understanding.
Adult Interdependent Relationships
Many people who live together without the formality of marriage are consider adult interdependent partners. If you are an adult interdependent partner there are a number of laws that will apply to you upon the breakdown of your relationship. We can help you to understand how these laws may apply to your situation.
We understand how much your children mean to you. We will work with you to assist in developing a parenting plan which creates stability for yourself and your children. We will recommend resources, tools, and other complimentary professionals to assist you in navigating any ongoing challenges associated with co-parenting. If you need assistance with a specific parenting dispute, we can help.
When parents live separately from one other, child support obligations arise. We can assist you to determine the appropriate amount of child support payable as well as to address issues such as income determination, retroactive support, enforcement matters and special expenses.
When a couple parts ways, a spousal support obligation may arise. This is a complicated legal issue which requires a consideration of entitlement to support, quantum of support and duration of support. We can provide legal guidance on these issues and can assist in navigating the review or variation of spousal support.
Division of Matrimonial/Family Property
Property acquired during the course of a marriage or adult interdependent relationship must be divided between you and your spouse upon the relationship breakdown. We can guide you through the process of obtaining financial disclosure, valuing assets, and determining an appropriate division of your property allowing you to move forward with financial independence and certainty.
While many people are aware of Separation Agreements, which are prepared after a relationship has ended, there are also agreements that can be prepared before a relationship ends. These types of agreements, called Prenuptial Agreements, Cohabitation Agreements or Postnuptial Agreements, outline in advance the terms that you and your spouse have agreed upon regarding the division of your property in the possible event of your relationship breakdown. We are happy to assist in negotiating and drafting these agreements, which can provide certainty and peace of mind to couples who wish to depart from Alberta’s laws relating to the division of their property.