Do I Need an Alberta Divorce Lawyer?

Short answer? No.
Some couples need lawyers; most don’t.

Divorce professionals like paralegals and mediators can guide you through the process.

We’re different from divorce lawyers because we work with both spouses for one fee.   

We also don’t charge by the hour; we charge by the service, so we don’t benefit from delays.   

Take a look at our prices vs. the average Alberta divorce lawyer’s prices. As you can see, we help our clients get divorced in half the time for a third of the cost.

Price Comparison: TDS vs Alberta Divorce Lawyer

Questions About Divorce We Hear from Clients

Q: I really dislike my soon-to-be-ex. We do not get along, and we disagree on several points. Does that mean we need a lawyer?

A: Not necessarily. If you and your ex can at least agree that you don't want to use lawyers, and you can be in the same room together, our mediators can do the rest.

Q: Isn't a lawyer required to sign off on the documents before they are accepted in court?

A: The answer is no. Your divorce documents will be accepted as long as they adhere to the court mandates and the court clerks' document checklist.

Q: We have kids. Doesn't that mean we need a lawyer to work out custody and child support?

A: No one knows your kids better than you two, and the courts recognize that. As long as you are willing to talk to each other with the focus on the best interest of the kids, we can guide you through a successful co-parenting arrangement. With us, your agreement is also turned into a legally binding document.

So, when DO we actually need an Alberta Divorce Lawyer?

Don't get me wrong; some people need an Alberta divorce lawyer. Here are four signs you and your spouse each need a lawyer:
1. Neither spouse is willing to communicate directly with the other spouse nor get mediation to help facilitate this;
2.There is a power imbalance, and your spouse will not negotiate in good faith;
3. There are safety issues that put you or your kids at risk; and,
4.Your ex has mental health concerns or addictions issues.

What Our Clients Say


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  • Our quote will help you find the best divorce route for your situation, and tell you how much it will cost. It's quick and easy.  


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  • Our no pressure discovery phone consultation or webinar will allow you to ask questions and better understand your route.


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  • If you know your marriage has problems but you aren’t sure what your next steps should be, this assessment is for you.

Zeina processed more
than 30,000 divorces in the
Alberta Divorce Court.  
We know divorce

divorce solutions

Our Constructed Divorce™ Process is Industry Changing

  • No additional lawyer costs
  • Receive a legally binding agreement
  • Get divorced in 120 days

What people want is a simple fast affordable divorce. What they need is for it to be constructive.

“For many people, divorce is the single most destructive event in their lives. It does NOT have to be this way. We focus on Constructive Divorce™.”  ~ Zeina