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Divorce process can be confusing in Alberta

Getting a divorce can be wrenching. You thought you had married the person of your dreams and now that dream is a nightmare. At Calgary Family Law Associates, we can help. Since we have handled every type of divorce, we are able to offer assistance, be it a hotly contested divorce that takes years to complete or a simple uncontested divorce that takes only months. There can be so much stress involved in any divorce and we realize the emotional turmoil that can take a toll on all involved.

We take you through the divorce process, cost effectively and efficiently. We have the experience to assist you through the separation process and we have the knowledge of the laws that pertain to the divorce process that includes child support and custody, property division and even divorce mediation if you decide to go that route.

There is a formal process that you must go through in order to get a divorce. One of you must have lived in Alberta for a year before filing for this action. It isn't a problem if you are in a same-sex marriage or a opposite-sex marriage. If you are legally married, you have to follow the rules.

The first step is to file a Statement of Claim for Divorce. The person who files is called the plaintiff. You have to send the other party of the divorce, the defendant, the claim. This person has 20 days to contest this action if he or she lives in Alberta. If not, the person has two months to answer if they live outside of Canada and a month if he or she lives inside Canada and outside Alberta. One other thing that you have to do is to file a Request for Divorce and a proposed Divorce Judgment. After the court examines this document, it will be signed and copies will be mailed to you and your spouse. Thirty-one days after this, you can request a Certificate of Divorce.

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