Family Law


It Is Important To Work With A Lawyer Who Will Protect Your Best Interests

If you face divorce, there are a number of important decisions that must be made. You may have to attend Court or you may be able to settle your matter. Either way, it is a smart idea to work with an experienced lawyer who has a thorough knowledge of family law — its statutes and jurisprudence.

At Byron & Company in Fort McMurray, Mila Byron helps our clients navigate divorce and the complex decisions that need to be made to help set your financial foundation for the future. We also represent individuals who are ending a common-law relationship. In both marital and common-law relationships where children are involved, custody and access, as well as child support, are at issue and an experienced lawyer will help you navigate these areas and provide you with the advice you need.

We Will Tailor Our Strategy To Suit Your Goals

We emphasize a personal approach that is important in family law matters because each case is so distinct and each client's objectives are unique. We will take the time to discuss your concerns early in the process and help you set realistic goals. We bring a wealth of experience to every case in order to provide you with the advice you need. Mila Byron was called to the bar in 2001 and has extensive experience in the area of family law, including the division of pensions and other family assets.

We counsel clients in all aspects of family law, including:

  • Divorce — In cases where adultery and physical and/or mental cruelty are not grounds for divorce, Federal law requires married couples to be separated for a minimum of one year before getting divorced.
  • Division of property — Property law falls under the purview of Provincial jurisdiction and Alberta's Matrimonial Property Act requires the equal distribution of matrimonial property. There are, however, some exceptions and an experienced lawyer will help determine if your matter involves an exception. The law concerning the division of property in common law relationships is different and does not necessitate the equal distribution of property; rather, it is based on contributions made. An experienced lawyer knowledgeable in the area of property distribution is essential.
  • Custody and access of children — This determines how parental time is divided, where children will spend their days and nights and rights regarding guardianship.
  • Child support — A parent who provides more care than the other will typically receive financial support from the other parent.
  • Spousal support — One spouse may be required to provide financial support to the other to help maintain a standard of living that was set during the relationship, while the recipient takes steps to become more self-sufficient.
  • Family law agreements — We prepare separation agreements, divorce consent orders and prenuptial/marriage and cohabitation agreements.

Mila Byron, has the experience and practical knowledge of family law statutes and jurisprudence and will make her experience and knowledge work for you.