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Alternatives to traditional divorce such as divorce mediation and collaborative divorce allow couples to respectfully negotiate a settlement on which to build their futures.

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Divorce does not have to be contentious and destructive. Calgary divorce lawyer Beryl McNeill offers divorcing and separating clients an efficient approach that preserves both personal and monetary assets.

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We help you through every step of your Divorce

Divorce may become inevitable in a family but the destruction that accompanies it need not be. At McNeill Family Law, our family lawyers in Calgary focus on educating and empowering clients. We will help with the difficult decisions that need to be made with your separation, while also addressing the conflict, grief and loss that often accompanies a separation. Beryl McNeill a divorce lawyer and registered family mediator has extensive experience in dealing with complicated legal and emotional issues that often accompany a separation.

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Meet your Calgary Family Law & Divorce Lawyer: Beryl McNeill

Beryl McNeill is a respected Calgary divorce lawyer with over 25 years of experience practicing law. She’s demonstrated extensive knowledge in assisting clients by navigating a wide range of matters relating to your divorce from the most simple separation agreement you may need for your bank, to helping you address complicated property issues. She’s with you every step of the way to ensure your personal assets are not destroyed during your separation.

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Our divorce services include drafting separation agreements, pre-nuptial agreements, and cohabitation agreements.

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Uncontested Divorce

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Mediation Services

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Separation Agreements

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Cohabitation Agreements

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Prenuptial Agreements

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Lawyer-Assisted Negotiation

Family Law Issues to be Resolved

At McNeill Family Law, our family lawyers in Calgary have extensive experience resolving all family law matters including child custody and access, child support, spousal support, and property division.

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Child Custody & Parenting Time

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Spousal Support

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Property Division

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Child Support

Why Choose McNeill Family Law

Cost-Effective & Quality Legal Services

Over 90% of family law cases are negotiated and settled without going to trial. The question is how long and how much money you have spent before you have achieved a negotiated agreement. McNeill Family Lawyers focuses on using efficient systems as well as helping you achieve a legal separation agreement in a timely, cost-effective way. At the same time, tailored to meet your objectives. If your objective is to achieve a separation and/or divorce that is smart, fair and efficient, you have come to the right place.

We handle each divorce case with care

Beryl works with clients from all walks of life. She has worked with every range of client conflict including amicable couples that want to divide their property and finances in a fair and sensible way. This also includes high conflict spouses that see the benefit of negotiating an agreement rather than engaging in the high cost of lengthy court proceedings.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between a Separation and Divorce?

A Divorce does not deal with property. If you choose to apply for a Divorce, it is a separate and distinct step that is often taken after a separation agreement is executed. The only way for you and your spouse to have a binding agreement that deals with your property, is for you and your spouse to have independent legal advice that meets the requirements of the Family Property Act of Alberta. Your separation agreement usually addresses all matters you need to address which may include: child custody and parenting time, child support, spousal support and the division of your property. A Divorce only deals with child custody and parenting time, child support and spousal support. Please contact McNeill Family Law office to determine how best to proceed.

How much does a Divorce cost?

The courthouses in Alberta charge a fixed filing fee related to filing divorce documents. However, a lawyer’s time involved in assisting you with negotiating the terms of your divorce are unique to your case. Your Divorce Judgment should address: child custody and parenting time; child support; and/or spousal support. You will have a better idea of what cost may be involved during your initial consultation with us. Please contact McNeill Family Law office to set up a consultation.

Do I have to wait a year before I get a Divorce?

If you are filing for a Divorce Judgment only, most people use “one year separation” as their grounds for Divorce. However, you do not have to wait a year to enter into a legally binding separation agreement. A legal separation agreement may address all issues such as: child custody, parenting time, child support, spousal support and the separation of your property.

Does a Separation Agreement in Alberta need to be filed with the Court?

No. A Separation Agreement will be enforceable and legally binding when it meets the legal requirements set in Alberta. Sections 37 and 38 of the Family Property Act of Alberta set out the formal requirements for agreement.

What documentation does a Separation Agreement or Divorce require?

The type of documentation you require will depend on your family’s situation. Are there issues of child support, spousal support, and/or division of property? When you work with the McNeill Family Law office, we provide you with a customized summary of the documentation required and we will provide you with legal advice regarding the disclosure required for your situation.

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Booking a Consultation with a McNeill Family Law

When booking a consultation with our family lawyers in Calgary we provide reliable and professional assistance throughout your divorce. We understand every separating couple and family is unique. Whether you’re a couple that can negotiate your separation agreement around your kitchen table or a couple that will need guidance, we can work out a process that fits your needs. It’s important to get smart information as early in your separation as possible. If you have any further questions or you would like to book a consultation with Beryl McNeill, please feel free to call.

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