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Edmonton Family & Divorce Lawyers Guiding you through the legal process

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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.

At Brown Law Group, we encourage all of our clients to take the following precautions:
  • 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.

IF YOU REQUIRE LEGAL REPRESENTATION, CONTACT US TODAY TO SCHEDULE A CONSULTAION.

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