Getting Started

Sometimes the first step is the hardest. Which first step would be best for you?

  • a “no obligation” Couples Consultation to learn about divorce and see if mediation / assisted negotiation is a good fit for you.
  • A working meeting (either as a couple or individual) (fees apply). You would be amazed at how much progress can be made in a few hours. You choose the length of the meeting. You are charged only for the time you use.

If you have already agreed on all or most issues, then you may want to complete the online application first; tell us about you and your situation. We can draft whatever documents you wish — separation agreement, divorce documents, title transfers, Canada Pension Plan credit splitting, pension division, etc. click *here*. There is still an opportunity to discuss the agreements with us at the end of the process if you wish – or some couples are satisfied and proceed to straight to signing.

Our Process

  • (optional) Book an introductory meeting

    You do not need to bring anything with you. We will discuss general information about separation and divorce. We will explain our ground rules and what you can expect for costs and process. This meeting is optional. Some clients would rather skip this meeting and start with a working meeting.

  • Gather documents

    Prior to coming in for a working meeting, you should gather as many documents as you can. By agreement, you can work with rough numbers if you wish. Click *here* for a suggested list of documents.

  • Meeting #1

    Divide assets & debts, determine child support, negotiate spousal support. Most people find this is enough for one meeting and typically want to adjourn parenting discussions to a second meeting.

  • Meeting #2

    Develop a parenting plan.

  • Review and sign documents

    Which documents do you need? (Chances are you will need at least 11).

    Separation agreement, Alberta divorce documents on the correct shade of green paper, Canada Pension Plan Credit Division, statutory declaration, registration of support payments, reduction of tax at source, change in marital status, property title transfer, dower release, matrimonial property order, pension valuations, pension division, transfer RRSP’s without tax, corporate share transfers, statement of claim, affidavit of applicant, divorce judgement, application for divorce certificate, etc.

    Some firms will only draft a mediator’s report (for a large fixed fee), and leave you to navigate the rest of the process. We will do as much or as little as you want – you are the customer. Pay only for the time you use.