TRACY C. BROWN Edmonton Family & Divorce Lawyer
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Family Law is as much about managing the emotion and stress of family breakdown as it is about purely legal matters.
We provide counsel when you are under stress. We provide information and advice on your legal options and guide you through the process, whether an out-of-Court approach (negotiation, mediation, arbitration, judicial dispute resolution, parenting coordination, Collaborative Divorce) or in Court (claims, applications, hearings, trials).
Our Edmonton family law attorneys are passionate about providing personalize high quality Family Law services: Divorce, custody & parenting, guardianship, referral to parenting experts and parenting assessments, child support, spousal support, determination of income for support purposes, division of matrimonial property, common-law property division, disclosure of assets & debts, valuation of corporate assets, pension division, cohabitation agreements, pre-nuptial agreements, separation agreements, grandparent contact, representing children in high-conflict disputes.
Choosing the right Edmonton family lawyer for you
It is always a good idea to meet with a few family attorneys before retaining a lawyer to assist with your family or divorce matter. Most family disputes are stressful, emotionally draining and costly. Choosing the right family attorney for you is important. There are many styles of ‘lawyering’ and many approaches to family disputes, and especially those involving children. Not every family lawyer is the best fit for every case or every client. A consultation will enable both you and the lawyer to determine if it’s a good fit.
Typically, Family & Divorce Lawyers in Alberta charge for consultations. At Brown Law Group, our policy on consultations is that we charge the lawyer’s hourly rate for one hour as a flat fee; regardless of the length of the consultation.
For us, a consultation is much more than a “meet and greet” event. We consider a consultation to be an initial “case assessment.” We go through the pertinent history to understand the background and the nature of your legal problem. Our goal is to give you an overview of what the legal options will likely be for your situation (as much as this is possible with the information before us in a first meeting). We also try to identify any immediate risk factors or legal steps you should be aware of to protect your interests.
After a consultation, there is no obligation to retain us. Similarly, we may decide after a consultation that your case is not a good fit for us. We often refer individuals seeking legal representation to other family attorneys in Edmonton who may be more appropriate for their particular case. Read More
At Brown Law Group, we understand that the breakdown of a family is an emotional and unsettling experience for all involved. That’s why we work diligently to guide our clients through the Divorce process in an informative and supportive way, while managing the legal aspects of your case.
Whether you just need assistance drafting an Agreement based on what you and your spouse have already negotiated, or you need more extensive help negotiating an agreement, or resolving issues in dispute, our Edmonton Family Lawyers can provide the knowledge and representation you require.
WHAT TO EXPECT
As experienced Edmonton Collaborative Family Lawyers, our job is to assist you through the legal aspects of family breakdown.
If you retain one of our Collaborative Family Attorneys after your initial Consultation (where we dive into the details of your specific case) you will be given information and advice on procedural options and legal strategy so you can make an informed decision about which course of action you’d like to take.
If an amicable settlement cannot be reached, our Family Lawyers are trained in various alternative dispute resolution options and in litigation. We want you to avoid Court, but if you need the Court then we are able to assist you. We have Family Law Trial experience and do not shy away from the Courtroom when this is the last resort.
With our commitment, drive, and meticulous attention to detail you will receive compassionate, competent and cost-effective representation when you choose to retain a Family Lawyer at Brown Law Group.
HOW TO PREPARE
It will save you time and money to be proactive. By gathering supporting financial documentation and listing your joint and separate assets and debts, you make the process of moving forward with your case much easier. If you are divorcing, you will need to find or obtain a copy of your Marriage Certificate and have all the details including: date and place of marriage, date and place of birth of both spouses, full names and dates of birth of all children, including step-children, and your date of separation.
ADVICE FOR PARENTS
Once of the most common concerns we hear from our clients is how their Divorce will impact on the children, and how to best protect their children’s mental health, well-being and future needs. We know that family breakdown is stressful for children. Some children will be naturally more resilient than others, but there is proven research that shows that exposure to conflict between parents causes “toxic stress” which harms children.
We are committed to approaches to the legal process of separation and Divorce which prioritize childrens’ well-being.
This may be controversial with some, as the lawyer’s duty is firstly to advocate for one’s client. We are passionate advocates but we also believe that Family Lawyers have an added ethical duty to “do no harm” to children. Family Lawyers may have limited influence over the negative impacts of separation and Divorce on children, but to the extent possible, we encourage and advise approaches which minimize the collateral damage to children.
- Do not try to persuade your children to side with one parent over the other.
- Do not expose your children to hostility or anger you may feel toward their other parent.
- Do not speak negatively about the other parent in front of your children.
- Do not interfere with the other’s parents time with the children.
- Do remind your children that both of their parents love them and will continue to do so.
- Do reassure your children that the Divorce is in no way their fault, and is not a result of anything they have done wrong.
- Do remember that it’s normal for your children to struggle with difficult emotions during this time and encourage them to express their feelings.
- Do look into therapy programs and other resources for your children if you feel that additional support would benefit them.
If you need assistance finding support and resources for your children, our team of dedicated Edmonton Family Lawyers can direct you to these resources. We are always happy to connect our clients with local programs and organizations to ensure you and your children receive the support you need.
“Tracy is an awesome, results oriented family lawyer. She is very knowledgeable, transparent and fair in nature. She and her team go above and beyond.”
“I was so happy to find this family lawyer. My case was very complicated and had cost me a lot of money over the years. Tracy was able to settle most of the issues without going to court and the other things we worked out I was so pleased. Keep it up at the Brown Law Group. You are awesome.”
“Tracy is an excellent family law attorney. We have retained her services in a highly contentious parenting case, and are more than satisfied with the job she and her staff has done. We were cautious to hire a lawyer to begin with because of the costs and because of the reputations of many family law attorneys. We wanted someone who we could trust and who cared about our family. Tracy has gone above and beyond for us, and alleviated our reservations. Even though she is very busy (this comes with the territory, I think), she has always been responsive and makes herself available anytime we need her. She’s done a great job in and out of court for us.”
“Excellent family attorney, very smart and can get to the heart of the matters. She is exceptional and I recommend her highly in divorce and family matters.”
“Tracy is tenacious, caring, and an excellent family lawyer. She managed a complicated trial for me against an angry high conflict self-represented spouse who would not agree or cooperate at any level. Tracy took the entire burden of managing 10 years’ worth of litigation and ended my personal nightmare. She personally cares about her clients. I would recommend her as she is not afraid of litigation, if that is your last alternative and you have someone belligerent who will not accept reasonable settlement proposals. Tracy is there to advocate for you and will go all the way with you and provide you with excellent representation.”
“Tracy knows her stuff. She puts in the work catching up on my very complicated file. Correspondence is very fast and all the staff is extremely knowledgeable. Worth every penny. Best advice my old attorney ever gave me was to hire Tracy.”
“Robyn did a wonderful job handling my case, she was very flexible and even met with me over the Christmas holidays. She was able to finalize my parenting /visitation issues very quickly and with the consent of my ex-husband.”
“Tracy made me feel so secure. Stress has reduced so much since hiring Tracy and her team.”
“Robyn has helped me with a very difficult, and very time-sensitive separation agreement. Robyn has been incredible! Communicative, organized, so very helpful. She is an amazing family attorney but also a very good person.”
“I was so happy to find this family attorney in Edmonton. My case was very complicated and had cost me a lot of money over the years. Tracy was able to settle most of the issues without going to court and the other things we worked out I was so pleased. Keep it up at Brown Law Group. You are awesome.”
“Tracy worked with my family through a very stressful situation. I now see my son again on a consistent basis because of the effort she put into my case.”
“Very satisfied with Tracy’s experience in family law, constant communication, and QB Court delivery – it made every difference in my case and awarded me full shared parenting with a vindictive, controlling, false accusing opponent. The time/money put in ‘could’ be argued as over-detailed, but THAT is exactly what won my case and proved my evidence clearly/accurately to the presiding judge. The opposing lawyer did the exact opposite, saved their client’s money, but was woefully unprepared and became overwhelmed with solid arguments and evidence. Even the judge was stopping the other lawyers’ argument attempts because they were grasping at straws but listened intently to Tracy throughout. My complicated case was prepared and delivered by Tracy very effectively and I am so thankful.”