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Our Philosophy

At MD Family Law, our empathetic, experienced team of family lawyers understands that prompt access to considerate and professional legal advice takes on new importance when it comes to family. Our specialist family law teams will guide you with clarity and compassion through a range of family law issues, whether you’re dealing with domestic abuse, divorce, family finances, child custody issues, and access issues (known as child arrangement disputes).

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As the needs of Alberta families change, the law is moving forward to offer a range of options to resolve disputes. We are fully trained in mediation and collaborative law, and we act as third-party mediators and arbitrators to facilitate resolution and adjudicate cases. We remain current with new trends in the law that can help our clients to meet their legal goals efficiently and at a minimum of emotional and financial stress.

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Lawyers at MD Family Law are committed to meeting high standards of legal practice. We know your family and estate issues are deeply personal and the guidance we provide will have a direct impact on your way of life. When we become your lawyers, we are dedicated to preserving your family’s well-being and providing you with the full resolution you deserve.

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We have run trials and chambers applications and are veterans of the court system. Our wills and estates practice offers individuals and small-business owners legal tools to prevent estate disputes and to preserve assets. We undertake comprehensive planning for everyday Albertans and those with unique financial interests, such as agricultural businesses and property interests in the U.S.

The MD Advantage

Trust Us to Represent Your Legal Interests

Family law is complex and can often involve sensitive or very stressful subjects. Having an experienced legal representative by your side to guide you through difficult experiences with confidence, empathy, surety and professionalism is imperative.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will it cost me to see a Lawyer?

We offer an initial consultation with a solicitor to help you consider your options for free.
You will come away with advice on your own difficulties, how best to resolve matters, and an idea of the likely costs.

This is a one-off appointment and you are under no obligation to instruct us after this.

When could I have an appointment, I work full time and getting time off is a problem?

At MD Family Law, we will always try to accommodate the needs of working clients, and wherever possible we offer ‘work friendly’ appointments for our clients.

How long does a divorce take?

On average a straightforward divorce should take around 5 to 6 months. However, as with most things delays can happen. For example, your wife/husband may not confirm receipt of the divorce papers by signing the form sent to him/her by the Court; or the form may not be completed correctly. At all times we will keep you up to date on what is happening. If there are issues surrounding property or money then the conclusion of the divorce proceedings may be delayed until these have been satisfactorily resolved.

Will I have to attend court?

It is unusual for any person undergoing divorce proceedings to have to attend Court. The vast majority of divorces go through undefended and so are conducted by post. If one party defends the divorce then attendance at Court becomes necessary. Defended divorces are the exception rather than the rule.

How do I stop my partner being violent towards me?

We can advise you how best to protect yourself and the children in situations of domestic violence it is often necessary to consider all the possible options and to act quickly to protect you and your family. Where necessary we will make emergency applications to the Court.

What about the children?

If you have children then it is very important that their lives are affected as little as possible by the separation. The children need to know that no matter what troubles you are going through, you love them just as much as ever. It is the parents themselves who often make the best arrangements for the children. However, we all know that this is not always possible. We will help you to achieve the best possible outcome for you and the children. We offer a sympathetic approach to all situations involving children and will give you a realistic indication of what would happen if a Judge were to decide such arrangements.

What will happen about the home?

Often when a relationship breaks down there will be money or property to be shared out. The simplest and cheapest way is by reaching an amicable agreement but for whatever reason, this may not always be possible. If you need to know more about your entitlement then we at  MD Family Law can help. Our help can be anything from advising you, writing letters on your behalf, or preparing agreements. We can also arrange for you to attend mediation as another way to try and settle matters without having to go to Court. If all else fails then we will advise and represent you through the Court proceedings.

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