Family Law

At a very trying and difficult time, there are many questions surrounding familial issues. It is essential that you know your rights and obligations arising out of marriage, cohabitation, and separation and be advised how to proceed to enforce those rights, meet your obligations, and be protected.

A divorce or separation can be one of life’s most stressful events. The lawyers at Raponi Rideout Tarrabain  have the experience you need to guide you through this difficult process.

When there are children involved in a divorce, the primary concern for most people is custody and access. The lawyers at Raponi Rideout Tarrabain can assist you in determining what manner of custody is in the best interests of the children. We can give you the assistance you need in determining whether shared custody is appropriate or whether one parent should be the primary parent and the other parent the access parent. Our lawyers can explain the great degree of flexibility in determining what may work best for you, your partner and most importantly your children.

When there are issues of children and the parents are not married, we can assist you through the process of determining guardianship and parenting time. If you have questions regarding who will have the rights and the responsibilities of guardianship (including who will make the important parenting decisions for the children) or how the parenting time is to be divided, the lawyers at Raponi Rideout Tarrabain are there to help you.

Issues related to child support, including amounts payable, when to start paying or how to deal with problems with the Maintenance Enforcement Program can seem difficult to overcome. Our lawyers have years of experience dealing with such issues, and can help you arrive at a resolution that is fair for all parties.

When dealing with issues of spousal support or partner support, entitlement first needs to be addressed, and then amount and duration of support will need to be determined. It can be difficult to determine what is a fair outcome, but we are able to provide you with the assistance and advice you will need.

In Alberta, the laws related to division of property in a divorce differ greatly from the laws dealing with property division for common law couples. We are able to assist you regardless of your situation to ensure your rights are preserved.

Every client’s needs are different and there is no single solution that is going to work for everyone. Luckily, there are multiple ways to deal with the issues that may arise in a divorce or separation, including negotiation, mediation, or Court action. The vast majority of matters are resolved without requiring a potentially costly trial, and we have the experience to assist you in attempting to resolve your matter quickly and in a cost-effective manner. If Court action is required, our lawyers have appeared at all levels of Court throughout the province. We have the experience you need.


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