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A divorce or separation is always made more difficult and painful when there are children involved. The children must deal with dramatic changes to their lives that are beyond their control. The parents worry for their children, and are also left feeling that their relationships with the children are threatened.

Parents must remember that they have a duty to look out for what is in the best interests of the children. Parents who want to talk about their own parental rights will not be speaking the same language as our judges, who have a legal duty to consider only what is in the best interests of the children. Parents are encouraged by our Courts to reach a consensus with each other as to what parenting arrangement truly is in the best interests of the children. If this is not possible, a parent must then show a judge that his or her vision reflects what is in the best interests of the child or children. Often, it can be expected that the Court will come up with a compromise solution, somewhere in between the proposals of the parties.

As Divorce Lawyers, we know that first and foremost, it is better for the parties to try to negotiate a resolution. In every situation where the parties cannot agree in regards to the children, mediators will also be involved. A mediator is an independent, impartial third party, often with legal and/or other training in mediation and conflict resolution. The mediator's role is to try to get the two sides to understand each other and come up with a mutually agreeable solution. Mediation is mandatory under Alberta Law.

At MacKenzie & Azim LLP, we have experience in negotiating resolutions and working with mediators, and resolving problems outside of the Court Room. This is always the primary goal in a case involving children.

Our lawyers also have participated in numerous trials and hearings involving child custody, parenting, access and visitation issues. We are prepared to take your case to trial, if this is the necessary step to resolving your legal problem.

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