Understanding Calgary Divorce Law: Part 7
December 14, 2015
At GDE Family Law, one of Calgary's leading family law and divorce law firms, we believe that the more information you have at your disposal the easier your divorce will be. No separation is easy, and the legal and financial entanglements only add to and magnify the underlying emotional stress caused by a divorce; having reliable, concrete information can help you better understand the legal process and regain a sense of control over the situation.
It is for this reason that we've committed ourselves to publishing general information on the Calgary divorce process here on our website. Though we cannot offer legal advice specific to your situation, a basic understanding of the elements common to most Calgary divorces can often shed light on the issues and uncertainties you are facing. We also encourage you to contact us if you would like to ask questions or seek guidance regarding your Calgary divorce.
In the last installment of this article series, you learned how your Calgary divorce lawyer can help you fight for your rights in court if alternative dispute resolution (ADR) doesn't work or is not an option. While ADR is preferable any time the two parties to a divorce are openly and honestly seeking a fair and amicable resolution, we understand that this is not always the case. In a courtroom setting, both parties to the divorce (or more typically, their divorce lawyers) outline the plan for asset allocation and child custody they believe is fair, and a judge makes a final determination.
In cases of a successful ADR settlement, a Calgary judge will also review and sign off on the final arrangement, and will rarely change anything.
After a Judge Approves of Your Calgary Divorce
Whether you and your former spouse reached an agreement via ADR or through a more adversarial courtroom divorce, once a Calgary judge signs off on the final agreement it has the force of law. There will likely be some additional paperwork to be filled out with banks and other financial institutions to achieve the asset split stipulated in your divorce agreement, but your divorce lawyer will be able to assist you with this and truly finalize your divorce by completing your financial entanglement.
It is possible for an uncooperative spouse to make this final part of the process more difficult, but this is relatively rare. Once the divorce agreement has been signed by a judge, other legal avenues can be pursued to ensure that you get what you are entitled to. Once everyone has met their obligations under the terms of the asset allocation, you will only have ties to your former spouse if there is an ongoing support agreement and/or a child custody arrangement.
Relying on Your Calgary Divorce Lawyer
There are a lot of details involved in every step of a Calgary divorce, and they can quickly become overwhelming. Partnering with a divorce lawyer you can trust to handle the paperwork and court filings will not only lead to a more successful outcome, but will help create a less stressful process.
To speak with a leading Calgary divorce lawyer today, please contact our office today.
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