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Family Law: What to Expect
Do I Have to Go to Court?
Family court proceedings can be very complicated and intimidating. Still, before you get the idea in your head that you will have to go through a dramatic court proceeding, it is essential to distinguish the details. These days, not every divorce proceeding requires a court trial. You can use other methods to get through the process that allows for more control. If your case involves children, finances, or an emergency, court might be necessary, but otherwise, the alternative methods could be helpful.
Contact Verhaeghe Law Office today if you need an experienced family lawyer in Edmonton. We will help you make the right decision for your future and tell you everything you need to know about your individual case.
How a Family Lawyer Can Help You Begin the Proceeding
There are many rules that must be adhered to in family law, especially if your case involves divorce, children, or finances. If you need the help of a lawyer, Verhaeghe Law Office is here for you.
We will thoroughly analyze your case and determine if you need to go to court. If you do, there will be a pleading. The pleading is the collection of documents that set out the very basic ideas of your case. It will outline what you want, the orders that you want the court to make, and why they should order them. Once we send this pleading to the judge, that is called the application.
If your case involves children, the application must also include certain affidavits before the case can proceed. If the case involves finances, there must be a financial statement filled out correctly and submitted as well. If it is not filled out correctly, the proceeding will not take place, even it is an emergency. We are here to help you through these steps and ensure that the proceeding follows through.
After the Application
In family law, to every pleading, there is an answer. The answer is the opportunity for the other party to respond to your application. It outlines the other party's response, what orders they want to make, and the facts that entitle them to those orders. As far as the affidavits and financial statements for the other party, the rules are the same. They must be submitted, or the proceeding cannot begin.
Once the judge has thoroughly looked over the application, the next step is the case conference and the trial management conference, which are the first times you appear before the judge. The atmosphere of these is more conversational and less up-tight than a court proceeding. It usually takes place in the office, around the desk of the judge. This is where all the remaining details of the case are discussed and sorted before the trial.
Dealing with issues pertaining to family law can oftentimes be a stressful and complicated process. Lucky for you, Verhaeghe Law Office is here to provide dependable advice and legal representation for a wide range of family law situations. Our impressive staff of qualified attorneys can provide professional assistance in your divorce, child custody negotiations, or any other family disputes.
Give us a call at (587) 410-2500 to speak with a family law attorney and set up a consultation today.
In-Depth Consultations with a Family Lawyer
By providing outstanding customer service, we help you advance in all aspects of family conflicts. You are more than just another case for us. Rather, we take the time to get to know our clients and understand their unique situations before determining a plan of action. Our lawyers will give you clear explanations of the proceedings while also attentively listening to your side of the story. We believe that the best results require the best information, which is why we train all of our attorneys in active listening and guarantee that we take everything into account regarding your case.
Our commitment to integrity also means that we will always give you honest advice. We make sure to pursue your case with passion and precision, protecting the things that matter most: you, your children, and your assets.
Thoughtful Guidance in Complete Confidence
We take our commitment to confidentiality seriously—especially given the sensitive nature of many of our clients’ cases. Anything you choose to share will be kept in complete confidence by our legal team. As a client of Verhaeghe Law Office, you will enjoy full lawyer-client privilege when discussing your situation with us. Rest assured: Your information will never be shared beyond you and your counsel. That’s our promise to you.
Get the Best Lawyers at Competitive Rates
Our Expertise: Family Law Services
We are a well-established law office with a history of success and a commitment to upholding the highest ethical standards. You can always count on us for trustworthy and honest advice, as well as vigilant representation. We offer personalized services, including:
- Civil unions
- Child custody
- Separation agreements
- And more
We are passionate about providing our community with sensible legal representation at honest and upfront rates. We give you some of the most qualified legal services in the area without putting a strain on your finances.
Get a Quick Resolution to Your Family Law Issue
An ongoing legal issue can take up a huge amount of your time and energy. That is why the dedicated lawyers at Verhaeghe Law Office work efficiently to get the desired resolution to your case. Our goal is to get you the best results while also helping you get back to your normal life. Our extensive industry experience and professional resources make us the best lawyers to resolve your case in a respectable time frame.
Allow us to handle your case. We’ll make sure we arrive at a solution that benefits you, meets your goals, and helps you look forward to your future. We’ll work relentlessly on your behalf to bring your case to a quick resolution. We’ll make sure you can turn the page on this section of your life. That way, you can get ready for the next.
Family Attorneys with a Commitment to Client Service
At Verhaeghe Law Office, we go above and beyond to ensure that all of our clients get prompt and professional service. We aim to bring a resolution to your case as smoothly and stress-free as possible. We keep you up to date throughout the case and make sure you are informed and content up until the ruling.
Are you looking for a family law lawyer in Edmonton?
Divorce was probably the last thing on your mind on the day of your wedding, but now that it's a reality, you may find it difficult to think of anything else. You may have a million questions swirling around your head: How much does a divorce cost? Who will have custody of your children? Is a custody trial necessary? Will you get the spousal support you need? What will happen to your assets?
Edmonton, Alberta Family Law
At Verhaeghe Law Office, we are here to provide you with the answers to these questions. As a leading team of lawyers in Edmonton, we know that divorce can be an emotionally exhausting, and we strive to avoid a potentially long and drawn out process by reaching a fair settlement in a timely manner. Our Edmonton law office offers weekend and evening appointments and provides practical, result-based advice. We have appeared and litigated at all levels of Court in the Province of Alberta, largely in the areas of civil litigation, divorce law, family law, child custody, child support, spousal support and matrimonial property division.
In addition to divorce and dissolution services, we are also experienced in other areas of family law, including:
- Domestic abuse
- Child custody and child protection
- Prenuptial/premarital agreements
- Reconciliation agreements
- Restraining orders
Our Law Offices
Verhaeghe Law Office has served Edmonton communities well for many years. We have expanded our team allowing our focus to include Family, Criminal, and Civil law and our range of services includes legal advice, counsel, and representation both for individuals and corporations. Our experienced team of lawyers works both in and out of Edmonton courtrooms.
Our Edmonton office is open to all who need the advice of an experienced family lawyer. Whether you’re considering divorce proceedings, or you’ve been served with a Statement of Claim, you can take advantage of our consultation services. We offer compassionate assistance in complete confidence, and we provide thoughtful guidance to every family or individual that comes our way. Our team will work with you to assess the details of your situation before giving you their expert opinion. If you need to figure out your next best steps, we’re here to serve you.
Divorce is often the first topic that comes to mind when discussing family law. Going through a divorce is never a pleasant experience and can be costly as well as emotionally draining. But rest assured: We’re here to help you make the best of the situation.
Our team at Verhaeghe Law Office in Edmonton is dedicated to giving you the best personal service. We will guide you through the process, working diligently to achieve success and afford you peace of mind. We offer advice, mediation, and arbitration for uncontested divorces, as well as counsel for contested divorces. Whatever your situation, we’ll be there to serve as your advocate and to protect your best interests.
With Verhaeghe Law Office as your counsel, you can expect:
- Rapid response times
- Personalized solutions
- Clear, effective guidance
- A dedicated professional ready to fight on your behalf
Uncontested vs. Contested Divorces
Ideally, divorce is a simple agreement between two parties willing to compromise on how best to divide their assets. These cases are called uncontested divorces, where both partners can agree to a resolution to the case.
Uncontested divorces are typically much easier—and much less expensive—for both sides. If you and your spouse are eager to reach an amicable agreement with each other, you may be ideal candidates for an uncontested divorce. You can file a Statement of Claim for divorce and, if no dispute arises, your divorce can be processed through mediation, with no need to go to court, making it far faster to finalize.
If, however, complications arise and one person files a dispute, then it becomes a contested divorce. Usually, a divorce is contested when:
- There is a dispute about assets
- There is bad faith in the relationship
- Either party refuses to cooperate
If you can’t settle things between yourselves with the help of a mediator, Verhaeghe Law Office will be there to represent your interests and act as your guide. We will be there to defend your interests and ensure you receive the share of assets to which you’re entitled. If you have children with your spouse, we’ll make sure you get the custodial rights you deserve as a loving parent.
Learn more about the difference between contested and uncontested divorces in Canada. Contact us to request a consultation today.
Family Law Issues
Verhaeghe Law Office in Edmonton is a prime choice for divorce proceedings but also handles a wide range of other family law issues such as:
- Child custody
- Spousal support
- Child support
- Visitation rights
- No fault divorces
- Asset allocation
Our experienced legal team has achieved success in resolving cases pertaining to common law and civil unions as well as other domestic partnerships. We have also taken on cases involving adoption rights (e.g. same sex and foreign couples), spousal abuse, and child abduction.
Make Sure You Are Prepared for Family Court
Depending on your situation, having family legal issues can mean there are many things on your mind. Making sure you are prepared for the legal processes ahead can be stressful, especially if you have never been in a similar situation before. Our experienced attorneys recognize this and do everything we can to eliminate some of the weight from your shoulders. Our comprehensive approach to our work ensures that you have all the information and paperwork you need to make any situation go smoothly and civilly.
Understanding the Legal Process
Part of our dedication to our clients is to help them understand what we are working toward. We will break down our services in easy to understand terms and confirm that you are on the same page throughout the process. Our clients are important to us, which is why we take pride in keeping them informed and up to date on their family’s legal services.
Attorneys for Will and Estate Planning
Your will could be considered one of the most important documents you ever draft. We will help you ensure that your property and finances go to the appropriate beneficiaries upon your death. Many people assume that drafting a will is a simple and straightforward process, but it can be complex and require several detailed documents. Our highly trained and thorough lawyers are well versed at dealing with will planning and will ensure that nothing is overlooked during the process. Our goal is to help your beneficiaries and loved ones get what they are entitled to upon your passing, without excessive waits or having to jump through hoops.
Updates to Your Will
A will is not something that should be completed and then forgotten about until your passing. Rather, it is important to keep your legacy in mind after certain life events or occurrences. For instance, if you purchase new real estate or have a beneficiary pass away, it would be important to review your existing will. With our qualified law firm behind you, you can rest assured knowing it will be easy to address any necessary changes to your will and update your documents accordingly.
Certified Adoption Attorneys
Welcoming a new child into your family is certainly an exciting time, but it is also important to make sure things are done correctly. Our knowledgeable lawyers are happy to be of service with helping you file your paperwork properly and ensuring a smooth process from start to finish. If you are finding the paperwork and application of adoption to be a bit overwhelming, we encourage you to get in touch for the guidance you need.
Convenient Law Office Locations
With three offices in Alberta, we make it easy to get the legal services you need. Our firms have a hardworking roster of passionate lawyers who are trained in all aspects of family law. No matter where you are located in the province, we guarantee we will make it easy for you to get the legal assistance you need.
A Compassionate Choice for Navigating the Complicated World of Family Law in Edmonton
A famous writer once wrote that all happy families are the same, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. In our work as the top family law firm in Edmonton, we've noticed that to be true. But sadly, many lawyers working in family law fail to take this into account. Clients are provided a one-size-fits-all solution that leaves everyone unsatisfied and, more often than not, a single party left holding the bill.
At Verhaeghe Law Office, we believe that our approach to navigating the complicated world of family law should be as diverse as the families that live in Edmonton. That's why we've made it our mission to obtain top results in court or in mediation, and it all starts with our willingness to listen to you and your story.
Many clients come to our office seeking divorce lawyers or to negotiate child custody arrangements. Others require help with more sensitive issues such as child abduction or domestic abuse. Whatever your story is, we're here to listen, and to help you obtain justice to the best of our abilities.
Have You Been Wronged by the Law?
It's no secret that our civil justice system in Edmonton serves some parties more than others. A quick scan of the news is all it takes to realize that outcomes in court cases aren't always equitable. Verhaeghe Law Office will work day and night to secure you a fair outcome for whatever family law issue you are facing. In our years of work as Edmonton's top family law firm, we've helped clients win cases in the following types of legal disputes:
- Child custody arrangements
- Divorce, annulment, and separation agreements
- Spousal support and alimony
- New child support arrangements, unpaid child support, garnished wages, etc.
We've made it our mission in law and in life to help area families reach peaceful conclusions to their disputes. And we have over 15 years of experience helping Albertans handle all manner of legal issues they have.
Top-Notch Affordable Divorce Lawyers in Edmonton
First, we want you to know that with whatever you're going through, you are not alone. The dissolution of a family is never an easy process, but with Verhaeghe Law Office, you can rest assured that we will obtain a fair and successful outcome for our clients.
We take the time to listen to our clients' stories and explain to them complicated Albertan and Canadian family law in easy language that anyone can understand. The law isn't a tool for abuse, rather, it's there to help protect everyone involved in the sorts of complicated scenarios that call for divorce lawyers.
With that in mind, we will explain every aspect of your scenario to you from a legal standpoint and explain the consequences of our expert counsel. We are confident that, no matter the situation you're facing, the expert team we've assembled will help you and your family obtain peace and the conclusion of a difficult chapter of your lives. If this sounds all too familiar, give us a call today!
Let Us Help You With the Primary Issues
When you book a consultation with Verhaeghe Law Office we will organize your priorities and help you choose your goals, for instance in divorce cases. The issues that come to the forefront would be a swift settlement of child welfare and financial allocation. We will guide you through childcare arrangements and costs, as well as payment deadlines for child support and alimony.
Debt and marital assets are hot topics in divorce proceedings. We can address your concerns regarding mortgage payments, selling, and distributing of property and spousal support. We recommend drawing up a list of questions as well as your financial information before arriving for your consultation. Our lawyers will advise you of your rights and assist you in procedures pertaining to shared marital dues such as credit cards, loans, and other debt or finances.
Family law cases, such as divorce, spousal abuse, child custody, adoption rights, common law and civil union cases can be complicated and distasteful but Verhaeghe Law Office in Edmonton, experts in family law, will help you to prepare for what can be lengthy and exhaustive proceedings. We will cover every detail of your case thoroughly and precisely. Our practice hires highly qualified, trained, effective, and experienced staff. Our lawyers are competent and reliable; you will be well taken care of.
Few subjects are more sensitive to a person than their family. When the family system breaks down, or needs to be addressed through the legal system, it is important that parties have appropriate, professional, and confidential legal aid. That is why Verhaeghe Law Office is here. When Edmonton residents need family law services, our expert legal team is ready to help. Each of our lawyers has years of experience, as well as a proven track record in successful resolving all types of issues regarding the family law system.
Our Family Law Services
Family law has many facets, and at Verhaeghe Law Office, we have experience in all of them. Contact us for assistance in handling:
- Marriage prenuptials and other related services (including property divisions)
- Divorce and separation proceedings (including high net worth divorce)
- Common-law separations and co-habitation agreements
- Child custody arrangements
- Adoption papers and other arrangements
- Spousal support arrangements and mediation
- Paternity testing
- Domestic violence cases
Many of these scenarios involve careful planning, and a plethora of paperwork. When an individual in Edmonton requires a family legal services, it is imperative that they contact us as soon as possible for the best results.
Family Law Solutions
Any time there is a sensitive issue that needs to be addressed in a court of law, Edmonton residents have a reliable, efficient, and experienced solution. We strive to find an out of court resolution whenever possible but when that is impossible, we bring years of courtroom experience to the table.
Family Law for Child Custody
At Verhaeghe Law Office, we take a compassionate and considered approach to child custody. We know how messy custody battles can get—or, for that matter, any family law issues that involve children. Our goal is to offer you all the resources and information you need to pursue your case in an effective way.
We have a long track record of winning custody battles. We will help you understand your rights and create a plan to claim them. All this is to say, we will win your case and get you the settlement that you are looking for. Your children mean everything to you. We’re here to protect them.
Call us now to set up a consultation.
Family Lawyer for Divorce Law
Depending on the property and assets that are shared between you and your partner, your divorce may be more or less complicated. We will work closely with you to determine what is rightfully yours, and we will create a plan to claim it.
With years of experience in family divorce law, we have become Edmonton’s top choice for law firms. We take an aggressive approach to family law that aims to secure our clients’ rights over property, assets, and more. Divorce is stressful for everyone involved. Verhaeghe Law Office aims to make it as simple as possible.
Call us now to arrange a consultation with the region’s leading family divorce attorney.
An Empathetic Approach to Family Law
When the law enters the family, things can quickly get messy. Or rather, they can get traumatic and further damage and divide the family. To avoid adding to the conflicts, we take an empathetic approach. This means understanding both sides of the issues at stake and considering both sides. We aim to help preserve the family unit as much as possible.
At the same time, we will not back down from your case. Our clients win their cases for a reason. At Verhaeghe Law Office, we believe in the power of the law, and we understand the law through and through. You are in good hands with us!
Family Law Follow-Ups and Appeals
Did you get the resolution that you wanted? Did you get the settlement you deserved? Verhaeghe Law Office will ensure that you did.
We can help you file an appeal and will work to keep your case open until you get what you want. We will work tirelessly until you get that settlement. Your children, property, and financial assets are the most important things in your life. Ensure the security of you and your loved ones by choosing our team of professional lawyers to fight your case.
Call us now to file an appeal on a family law case that you are unsatisfied with.
Respectful and Professional Family Lawyers
Welcome to the region’s best family law firm. We are a professional team of lawyers with the knowledge and skills needed to win your case. We are respectful and courteous, taking an informed approach to all cases. Let’s work together to achieve the results you want.
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At Verhaeghe Law Office, our goal is to reach a fair resolution for you and your children. We take great pride in our level of personalized service and treat every case we take on as unique. If you are in Edmonton and seeking legal counsel in regards to your divorce or custody disputes, we encourage you to get in touch with us. We are looking forward to helping you!
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