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Alberta family law: The costs of a contentious divorce

Ironically, the more a couple agrees on the particulars of divorce, the smoother and less costly the process is likely to be. So, it's important to be on the same page about major issues to avoid ending up in front of a family court judge. Family law rules govern divorce in Alberta and the process can be costly, although how much it will actually cost varies from couple to couple.

One thing seems to be certain, though. A divorce usually ends up being much less costly if it's amicable. It's always costlier going to court since court fees can add up. When a couple can't agree on important aspects of a divorce, added expenses can multiply. In fact, it's likely to cost several thousands of dollars more when there's a court battle.

Then, there is the time factor to consider. Contentious divorces can be long and drawn out. When a divorcing couple agrees on as many issues as possible, they are most certain to keep costs at bay and moving from what is usually two income households to a single income, most individuals will want to ensure their financial stability and viability.  

A lawyer's experience can be essential during the divorce process. A lawyer experienced in Alberta family law can offer a client guidance after reviewing the client's individual case. If all avenues have been exhausted for an amicable divorce, court may be the only option left. But a lawyer may be able to offer sage advice if such is the case.  

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