Where trust has broken down completely between two parties, or there are complicating factors such as complex financial entanglements, history of abuse, or addictions or mental health issues that would make the work of collaborative divorce or a mediated settlement difficult, litigation is the most effective option.

In litigation, each party retains a lawyer to advocate for their position in a lawsuit. The process may include court applications, affidavits, questioning, and settlement negotiations. Most divorce cases reach settlement before going to court. Some matters, however, may ultimately be decided by a judge through trial or other judicial dispute resolution methods.

Bruyer & Mackay ensures clients have a powerful ally and advocate throughout the process so they can achieve the best outcome possible.

Procedure and Process Information


  • Alberta Courts
  • Association of Collaborative Lawyers of Alberta
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Family Justice Services
  • Family Law Information Centre
  • Legal Aid Alberta


  • Child Support Guidelines – Federal
  • Child Support Guidelines – Alberta
  • Child Support Recalculation Program
  • Maintenance Enforcement Program
  • Parenting after Separation Course
  • Triple P Parenting Course