Family Law


SVR started action on behalf of a mother and her disabled adult daughter so that they could apply for ongoing child support. We successfully challenged the validity of a provision of the Alberta Family Law Act under section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As a result of our advocacy, the matter came to the attention of the provincial government which in turn led to the passing of Bill 28. The new law allows parents who are caring for disabled adult children to apply for ongoing child support on behalf of their child. To learn more about how we can help you with child support and other family law matters, please contact a member of our team.

The team at SVR Lawyers apply a client focused approach to deliver responsive and innovative solutions.

Family law includes separation in either marriage or common law relationships, divorce, cohabitation and prenuptial agreements and estate planning. It requires a creative and thoughtful approach to balance traditional courtroom litigation with alternative approaches to resolving disputes. In many cases, clients benefit by finding their own solutions to problems that may impact their lives for years to come. We also offer family law mediation services with an experienced mediator.

Divorce & Common Law Separation

Separating from your partner after a common law relationship or marriage is very stressful. Our Lawyers can assist you in navigating the issues. In most situations, there are three basic areas to be resolved:

  • Property division, including consideration of any exempt property;

  • Parenting arrangements, including child custody and access issues; and

  • Support issues, including child support and spousal support.

After the initial proceedings, we can also provide periodic assistance with variation of existing orders or reviews of support and parenting arrangement.

Contentious separations have the enormous potential to be lengthy, costly and emotionally challenging. But they don’t have to be.

Pre-Nuptial & Cohabitation Agreements

A prenuptial agreement can clarify the parties’ expectations and the terms of resolution in the event of marriage breakdown. A cohabitation agreement sets expectations for unmarried couples. Preparation of these documents requires a thoughtful analysis to protect your current and future interests as they may have an impact on your personal and financial circumstances for many years.

Collaborative Law

Collaborative law is a process which avoids traditional court-based litigation. If the parties are willing to commit to negotiations without resorting to the courts, it may be an option. We can help you resolve common law separation or divorce issues of property division, support or parenting disputes in a process that reduces conflict between the parties.



Family Law Team

Janet E. Russell, Q.C.

Stacey Lee