Edmonton Divorce Law
You've heard that divorce is a long, emotional, and costly process, and you never expected that you would one day be looking to end your marriage, but now that it's a reality, you want to make the split as smooth as possible. At Verhaeghe Law Office, we are a leading law office specializing in divorce law and serving the people of Edmonton. With more than 50 years of experience, we strive to resolve your divorce issues in a timely and cost-effective manner.
To get the process started, please call (587) 410-2500 and book a consultation today!
What are the grounds for divorce in Edmonton, Alberta?
In Edmonton, Alberta and throughout the country of Canada, there is only one ground for divorce: the breakdown of marriage. The breakdown of marriage may be for one of the following three reasons: 1) Separation; if you are separated from your spouse for more than one year (in some instances, you can cohabitate together under the same roof, as long as you are able to prove that you were not living together as a couple). 2) Adultery; One spouse has cheated on the other spouse. 3) Cruelty; One spouse was emotionally and/or physically abusive to the other spouse.
Why Choose Verhaeghe Law Office?
Divorce can be a difficult life altering event for many, coming to the realization that your life will no longer be shared with your partner can have major repercussions both psychologically and financially. Here at Verhaeghe Law Office we understand both of these factors, that's why our skilled and experienced team of legal experts will be there to help you at every turn. Unlike many other firms who will neglect to tell you some aspects of your case, we believe in full transparency so we will always keep you updated from the start of the case to any new developments, all the way to the very end. Through our years of hard work and results we developed a strong clientele, enabling us to expand and welcome new clients as we still continue to faithfully serve and represent our existing ones.
The Benefit of Hiring a Divorce Lawyer
Divorce can be challenging even in the most amicable of circumstances. Utilizing the services of a divorce lawyer can make the process that much easier. There are several advantages to hiring a divorce attorney, let's explore a few.
Explaining the Grounds for Divorce
In order to get a divorce, one or both parties must have some sort of grounds. This ground could involve some kind of mistreatment. In other circumstances, the couple may have chosen to live separately for over a year and are ready to dissolve their union officially.
Whatever your grounds, a lawyer can help you decide what course of action to take. If your spouse is abusive, for example, it will be in your best interest to try and ask the court to dissolve the marriage. This can also help you protect your children and gain custody more easily.
Dealing with Debt
As a married couple, the odds are that you and your spouse share certain payments and outstanding debts that need to be paid off. Negotiating paying off this debt can be even more difficult than splitting up assets. A divorce lawyer will work to protect your interests and ensure the deficit is distributed evenly.
Dividing Property and Marital Assets
Unlike dealing with debt, splitting property and marital assets can also be a tumultuous process that will benefit from the guidance of a lawyer.
A lawyer can also help you determine whether you will be entitled to spousal support or if you must pay spousal support to your ex-partner. There are many reasons that spousal support may be necessary specifically if you and your partner have been relying on one income, if one of you makes significantly more than the other, or if one of you have quit your career to help the other.
Gaining custody of your children is perhaps the most challenging and sensitive part of getting a divorce, not just for you and your spouse, but for your children as well. If you and your partner are hoping to access joint custody, the process may be slightly more straightforward. However, depending on the actions of you and your partner, your respective financial situations, and criminal background, the process may become more complex. Our lawyers can provide the vital support you need.
Divorce proceedings also involve logistics. Our lawyers can help you to complete paperwork and represent you in court when necessary.
First and foremost, we will navigate each divorce case with a customized approach. We understand that every relationship and separation is different, and we will work hard to protect your interests and fight for the rights of you and your children so you can enjoy a more peaceful future.
We Put Children First!
We also understand the importance in having a sustainable and well-functioning family. Divorce proceedings can create a lot of disputes about finance and property, but children are also a big part of this equation. Here at Verhaeghe Law Office, we always look to ensure the well-being of the children and you.
Many assets also become at risk when a marriage falls apart, financial resources such as joint accounts, portfolios and even property that has been co-signed. We understand how much time and effort it takes to build your wealth and assets so when a divorce happens it's absolutely necessary to take all the proper legal steps to protect and ensure your finances and that of your families. The same is true of your children, what greater asset or legacy do we have in this world than our kids so of course it is of the utmost importance that we take every measure and precaution possible to make sure they are safe and in the right care.
Dedicated Legal Team for No Fault Divorces
Here at Verhaeghe Law Office we have an experienced and dedicated legal team to fight for you and we have the proven results and track record to assert our claims. While other firms may resort to ruthless tactics that may cause irreparable damages, we believe in mediation first and foremost so that both parties can come to an agreement on an amicable basis. No fault divorces are a common occurrence at our firm in Edmonton, and we have reconciled many of these cases, so much so that many of our clients have hired us directly through word of mouth or dissatisfaction with the treatment and shady methodology used by other firms.
Ending a marriage will always be a difficult decision but its important you understand your rights and formulate a game plan for what will be the next chapter in your life. Tough decisions will need to be made that will have far reaching implications to your family's future. With the stakes being this high don't settle for a firm that may not be able to deliver what you need or have your best interests in mind.
Hire the Right Divorce Lawyer. Hire Verhaeghe Law Office
Not every divorce attorney is the same. Every attorney has different skillsets and experiences. While you may be tempted to hire the lawyer with the best publicity, it's essential to do your research and find an expert that suits your needs.
Here are a few benefits to consider when choosing us as a divorce lawyer.
You want to ensure that the divorce attorney that you hire has at least ten years of experience working in the business. All law practices are complex, and the more experience your lawyer has, the more knowledgeable they are. You can trust our experienced lawyers to give you sound legal advice at every stage of the process.
The only real way to measure your lawyer's experience is by asking them. Be sure to set up a consultation with our lawyers to discuss your needs before making a decision.
Calm and Professional
While it may be tempting to hire the toughest lawyer in the business when it comes to family matters, it's best to hire someone calm and level-headed, who will focus solely on settling your case in a timely fashion.
While divorce can be a tricky and emotional process, hiring an over-excitable lawyer will only make the process more inflammatory.
Our lawyers are smart and pragmatic, and we will help you move the process along without causing further issues.
For the sake of you, your spouse, and your children, you may want to consider solving your divorce disputes through mediation instead of taking the issue to court.
Our divorce lawyers see the value in the mediation process and can help you represent your interests and come to a fair settlement.
If you are trying to find an economical lawyer, there is a difference between hiring an affordable lawyer and hiring a cheap lawyer. It's best to be aware of legal service rates that seem too good to be true. When it comes to hiring a lawyer, you get what you pay for, but you don't have to overspend to find a professional that knows their stuff.
At Verhaeghe Law Office, we are proud to offer competitive hourly rates.
Time and Accessibility
Perhaps the most important thing to consider when it comes to hiring a divorce lawyer is ensuring that your attorney will make time for you. There is nothing worse than trying to complete a divorce and being unable to contact your hired help. You want a lawyer that will respond quickly to your calls and emails, and who won't delay meetings or proceedings because they don't have time.
Our experts will be readily available to answer your questions, address your concerns, and talk to you about your proceedings around the clock!
Experienced divorce law lawyers
At Verhaeghe Law Office, we have represented clients in cases involving contested divorce, uncontested divorce, same-sex divorce, and more. We have extensive experience in many different areas of divorce law, including:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Spousal support
- Property division
- Restraining orders
- Domestic violence
While we do what we can to avoid litigation, we are experienced court room lawyers and have appeared at all levels of Court in Alberta, arguing a variety of matters.
Schedule a consultation today!
At Verhaeghe Law Office, we will get you a judicial determination of your matter so you can move on with your life. If you are looking for legal representation in Edmonton, we encourage you to get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation.
We look forward to working with you closely and resolving your divorce proceedings once and for all.
Call an Edmonton Lawyer: (587) 410-2500