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Family Law Agreements

Different Alberta Family Law Agreements

Family law agreement lawyers help protect people before, during and after a relationship is permanent. These agreements are also called marital law agreements or marriage contracts. The Calgary, Alberta law firm of Kahane Law Office has experience with a variety of family law agreements and help you understand your rights and obligations to better protect you. Marital law agreements deal with assets, debts, responsibilities, children, homes, etc. Call today for the family law agreement help you needs 403-225-8810.

Understanding Different Types of Family Law Agreements

Cohabitation Agreements

Cohabitation agreements are agreements that set out the roles, rights and responsibilities of each person in a relationship before, during and, when it happens, after a relationship. They are designed for people who plan to live together but do not necessarily plan on getting married; such as common law relationships. These agreements reduce costs, stress and litigation by contracting solutions to the things that people fight over. Both parties decide what they want included and the terms. Learn about Cohabitation Agreements Here.

Prenuptial Agreements

A prenuptial agreement is similar to a cohabitation agreement but for couples who plan to marry. These are often the first type of family law agreement that people think about. Prenuptial refers to the fact that couples enter into the agreement prior to their marriage. Many of the terms are similar to those in cohabitation agreements. In addition, in many situations people will use either term interchangeably to describe the same agreement. Learn about Prenuptial Agreements Here.

Post-nuptial Agreements

In addition, a post-nuptial agreements again reflects the terms a couple wish to set out for during a relationship as well as the terms of what happens if the relationship fails. The key difference with a post nuptial agreement is that the parties agree to it after the marriage of a couple. A post-nuptial family law agreement is as binding as a cohabitation agreement. Learn more about Post-Nuptial Agreements here.

Separation Agreements

A separation agreement, on the other hand, is an agreement that a couple enters into after there is a breakdown of the relationship. It sets out the negotiated legal rights and responsibilities of the separation. In addition, sometimes these agreements are even needed for mortgage qualification. Learn more about Separation Agreements here.

Family Law Agreement Services Available

Fully understanding rights, responsibilities and available options, best protects our clients. The range of services offered by our firm is wide. For example, our family law lawyers assist you with the following aspects of family law agreements in Alberta:

Consultations

Simple consultations review a clients specific situation. We go over your specifics, let you know your legal position and risks and allow you to ask all the questions that you have. We bill these appointments on a flat rate or hourly basis. In addition, you have no further financial obligations or retainers to the firm. They allow you to decide the best way for you to move forward.

Negotiating legal agreement terms

Kahane Law office can act for you in negotiating your family law agreement terms. It is important, when negotiating, to understand your rights and obligations. Our lawyers are sensitive to the personal nature of these agreements. We work with you to where possible, negotiate the terms of your agreement; not create a legal fight. We understand that the best way to negotiate, often precludes starting off aggressively. In other words, increasing the level of aggressiveness in negotiations, is easily to do. Toning it down to ensure an effective negotiation occurs, is not as easy to do.

Drafting family law agreements

Negotiated terms are only as binding and effective as the drafting of the legal agreement that reflects those terms. We represent you to make sure that your terms are represented in any matrimonial related agreement needed. Only experienced family law lawyers should draft any of these agreements. In other words, using the correct language, makes all the difference in terms of how enforceable any contract, but especially these types of contacts, are.

Reviewing matrimonial related agreements

When another party drafts an agreement, and asks you to sign it, it is important to have it reviewed to make sure that you understand it. These agreements both give and take away legal rights and obligations that often severely impact people in relationships. Consequently, making sure that it accurately reflects the negotiated and agreed to terms is of critical importance.

Independent Legal Advise For Family Law

Lastly, for many family law related agreements to be binding under Alberta Law, you need independent legal advice. Independent legal advice is where a lawyer fully explains the agreement you are going to sign. It makes sure that there are no surprises and that you agree to the actual terms. Lastly, it ensures that a party is not being forced into signing an agreement as independent legal advice has to occur without the presence of the other party.

Family & Matrimonial Law Agreement Lawyers In Calgary

The Lawyers at Kahane Law Office help with all of your family law agreement legal needs. These legally binding contracts have very long term financial implications. Consequently, proper legal advice from a qualified lawyer is a must. In short, it is better to understand potential family law issues before they come up. CONNECT NOW. We can be reached toll-free at 1-877-225-8817 (or 403-225-8810 locally in Calgary, Alberta), or email us directly here.