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International Family Law

In our mobile world, parents may not live in the same country. This can create unique and difficult issues that may be specific to the countries involved.

We have experience in utilizing the procedures under the Hague Convention with respect to matters involving International Child Abduction. The Hague Convention seeks to protect children from the harmful effects of abduction and retention across international boundaries.

The procedures to be followed in these matters are very specific.

Jurisdictional issues can also exist when the payor of child or spousal/partner support does not live in Alberta or even Canada.

There are specific, legislated processes to follow to obtain a new or updated support order and to enforce support between jurisdictions. Unfortunately these specific procedures are more cumbersome and time consuming than the processes that are followed when both parties reside in the same jurisdiction. The family and divorce lawyers at SVR are knowledgeable in this area and are able to help clients whose matters involve an inter-jurisdictional element.

SVR Lawyers is a member of Mackrell International Law Network that covers 60 different countries. Through this affiliation we have access to lawyers in many jurisdictions. This is a valuable affiliation as it means that we have contacts in many countries that can help with things such as jurisdiction specific information or when additional assistance is needed in another country.

[Janet] thanks for letting me know of your retirement… I’m sad to see you go but hope for your rest and enjoyment for all you’ve done for my family and others… With all my thanks I want to express all my appreciation for all you’ve done for us and all the grief it was to deal with! You were the right fit.
A.W., Client
I write this review based on my experience when working with Stacey Lee as my legal representative. Simply put, Stacey is attentive (or vigilant if you prefer), knowledgeable, professional, fair, and personable. It was important for me to have someone that was responsive and competent. I never waited more than 24 hours for a reply and am very happy with the resulting agreement that was created, as it represented a solution that was best for all parties involved – which was important to me. Stacey likes to say I was the ideal client, but the reality is that she was the ideal representative, providing legal advice, while keeping me abreast of the big picture. Based on my experience with Stacey, I highly recommend her.
S.N., Client
From the moment we met, Janet had not only a business approach to my situation but also a level of compassion and friendliness. I’ve worked now with Janet for years and not one time did she fail to meet my expectations. I have always felt at ease just hearing her voice. If she didn’t have the answer immediately, she has always provided one promptly. She has been my Rock and Sounding Board. I’ve referred her to others. If anyone is in need of a GREAT family lawyer, Janet Russell in my view is the lady to contact.
N.M., Client
Stacey, Thank you once again for all your help with my file. I can’t express how much I appreciated you having my back yesterday and you do it so calmly. Your perspective and guidance helped me a lot – thank you. It felt like a whirlwind of numbers but you helped me keep perspective as we went along…Thank you again for helping us bring things to closure.
B.F., Client
Very satisfied with the services provided by the lawyers at SVR Lawyers! It was a long and convoluted divorce process, but Abram Averbach, Cindy Lee and their assistants have helped me to navigate through it and finalize it. I highly recommend them!
J.B., Client
Stacey Lee handled the sale of my business and separation from a spouse attending to both my corporate and family law matters. Stacey provided a calm and realistic voice when tensions and emotions were high. Stacey approached the resolution of my files with opposing counsel in a collaborative way, seeking to reduce court appearances and conflict between all parties involved. I would work with Stacey again and recommend her to anyone requiring assistance in family or corporate matters.
H.S., Client

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