Calgary Family Lawyers

Comprehensive Service ♦ Relevant Advice

When you are faced with the prospect of divorce or separation, it is normal to feel overwhelmed. In addition to the emotional aspect of a circumstance you likely never anticipated, you will have to make major practical choices for yourself and your children. The family lawyers at Kirk Montoute LLP in Calgary have stood by many individuals as they navigate relationship breakdown. Although you may have never experienced divorce or separation, we have helped many through the process, and we can help you.

Call our family law team at 403-233-9300 for guidance through any family issue you have encountered. You may also schedule an appointment online to discuss your options with one of our lawyers.

Seeking Long-Term Solutions for Your Family Disputes

At Kirk Montoute LLP, our extensive experience has informed our belief that the process of resolving family law disputes can be as important as the issues at stake. Few families find going to court is the most effective way to achieve resolution. Although we are respected courtroom lawyers, we often guide clients to alternative dispute resolution processes that allow families to retain control of negotiations and arrive at agreements that will serve them well for the long term.

The core issues that must be resolved upon divorce or separation include:

  • Child custody and access: Continuing your relationship with your child is critical. We know how to protect your rights while also preserving your child's best interests.
  • Child support and expenses: Whether you need to obtain child support or are wondering how much you may have to pay, our lawyers can assist you through the process.
  • Spousal support: There are many factors that weigh on the court's final decision for how much spousal support to award. We are very familiar with these factors and can help you with any support issue you have.
  • Division of matrimonial property: Dividing assets during a divorce can be a complex process. Putting a lawyer in your corner who has a comprehensive understanding of the law will help you protect your interests.
  • Common-law property rights: It is critical to have a lawyer by your side who fully understands the law regarding your rights under Alberta's property rules.

In all of these areas, we have the legal knowledge to provide effective representation, even when your family's situation is complex — for example when financial assets are substantial or when children have unique care needs. Regardless of whether spouses were legally married or not, in most cases their issues can be resolved using a separation agreement.

Following divorce or separation, spouses normally continue to co-parent. Revision of previous agreements may become necessary as families change and children grow up. We are here to help you renegotiate and to be your advocates in cases where negotiation is difficult, such as when one parent wants to relocate outside of Calgary with the children.

Advising On Domestic Agreements

Our family law work is not restricted to cases of divorce. We also help individuals in committed relationships who want a legal contract in place before marriage or during cohabitation that sets out the parties' rights in the event of relationship breakdown. We draft, negotiate and review prenuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements for clients.

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For more information regarding your family law matters, call the firm toll free throughout Alberta at 877-563-5295 or contact us online. In Calgary, call 403-233-9300.