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Family law is a wide-ranging field of law that serves many purposes, especially in family situations that are more difficult than pop culture would have you believe. Many sensitive family matters require the close attention and professional acumen of a family lawyer.

With our vast experience in family law, we can offer the support and guidance you need when it comes to separation, cohabitation, and prenuptial agreements. Family law is a very personal field. This is why the professionals here at Heritage Law take these types of issues to heart.

Let our legal experts help ease the difficult transition of a changing or blending family with the following family law services.

Separation Agreement Edmonton

Couples opt for separation for many reasons, such as allowing some space to work through marital issues, retaining medical and health benefits, and avoiding a potentially long and costly court process.

Separation agreements are created to settle matters such as custody, property, etc.

A separation can be ended by filing a motion to dismiss, but it’s important that you have all documentation reviewed by a lawyer to there are no delays in the process.

However, a separation agreement can also be converted into a divorce settlement.

Cohabitation Agreements

If you have been living with a significant other for an extended period of time, you may want to consider having a cohabitation agreement.

Even though there are laws in place for common-law couples, an official agreement will protect each member of the relationship in the case of separation or other forms of estrangement.

You don’t have to be married to run into issues after the relationship is over. Without a cohabitation agreement, your ex may have a legal claim to some of your shared assets, or you may be held responsible for any debt they accrued during the relationship.

While cohabitation agreements in Alberta are not a legal requirement, you should consider getting one if you are interested in protecting your assets after the relationship is over.

Keep in mind that a cohabitation agreement only applies to non-married couples and does not constitute a prenuptial agreement upon marriage.

Prenuptial Agreements

A prenuptial agreement is a contract made between a couple prior to marriage. It dictates their legal rights and obligations in the event of divorce or separation.

These types of agreements typically include information such as property, debts, and assets, as well as support obligations and the division of property and debts if the marriage breaks down.

However, prenuptial agreements do not include child custody and access. This is determined by the court during the time of divorce or separation.

Also, you cannot enter a prenup if you are already married, but you can enter a postnuptial agreement.

Prenups can get tricky since you want to make sure each member of the relationship is treated fairly and no one is taken advantage of. Be sure to contact a prenuptial agreement lawyer in Edmonton before signing anything.

Family Lawyers South Edmonton – Here to Support You!

With over 30 years of family law experience, our team at Heritage Law provides quality legal representation and keeps your best interests in mind.

Let us take care of the process and provide you with the resources necessary to make the best decision for you and your family.

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