During her career as a family lawyer, Deborah solidified her place in Alberta as a litigator. She has represented clients at all levels of court in Alberta, Grand Prairie and Calgary. Trilogy Family Law is committed to providing the highest quality service. Our services can be delivered remotely, allowing us to support customers safely, effectively and efficiently. We understand that our clients often come to us for the legal issues they face. By providing remote services, we offer our clients the opportunity to resolve their legal issue without the extra expense or stress of a personal visit to our office. It also allows us to provide legal services to clients across Alberta who may not have access to a family law lawyer in their home community. Our goal is to help clients resolve conflicts. There are many options for clients, including mediation, arbitration, settlement meetings, or going to court. Our team will help you find the right course of action for your situation and your family. Deb received her LL.B. from the University of Alberta in 1991. After gaining experience in civil procedure and family law, she knew she wanted to focus exclusively on family law.
She has extensive experience in complex family law matters, including common-law relationships (interdependent relationships between adults), division of property, child and spousal support, custody (including high levels of conflict), contacts and parenthood. Not only does Deborah know when to plead, but what`s important, she knows when she doesn`t need to plead. She understands that the court case can be financially and emotionally distressing for parents, children and extended family members. In this role, Deborah has expanded her practice to be a qualified first-level mediator in British Columbia and believes in the value of a collaborative approach whenever possible. At Trilogy Family Law, our goal is to help you and your family manage your family transition as quickly, efficiently and economically as possible. We offer a number of ways to resolve your issues without going to court. When an agreement is not possible, Deb is an experienced litigator who advocates on behalf of her clients. Clients say they enjoy working with Trilogy Family Law because Deb advocates for her clients and puts people first, especially children. Arbitration is a dispute resolution procedure in which (not “where”) the parties engage a neutral third party to make a legally binding decision and resolve the dispute on their behalf.
The parties may agree on a procedure on how to present their evidence, how and when a hearing will take place, and who will act as arbitrator. Arbitration is similar to court proceedings in that a decision is rendered, but it is quicker and parties can choose an arbitrator with family law experience instead of having their case decided by a judge who may not have a family law background. Arbitration is a confidential process that allows parties to keep their personal and business information secret. At the end of the process, the arbitrator writes a decision called an arbitration award. If one of the parties does not comply with the arbitrator`s decision, the other party may apply to the court for enforcement of the award. Deborah has worked exclusively in the area of family law and litigation for over XX years. She was called to the bar in 1992 and initially worked in general legal litigation. Finding that she was getting closer to people and issues in family law, she decided to practice exclusively in this field since 1994.
Parental coordination is a child-centred dispute resolution procedure for families whose parents are separated. Parental coordination is not defined or regulated in Alberta, but Deb is a Certified Family Law Coordinator under the Family Law Act (italics) in British Columbia and is trained as a Parental Coordinator. An education coordinator is a lawyer or psychiatrist with experience working with families in conflict, knowledge of family law, and extensive training on child development and the impact of conflict and separation on children. A parent coordinator is a neutral party who helps parents implement their parenting plans by resolving day-to-day disputes in a timely manner and developing sound communication and conflict resolution strategies with the parties. The Parent Coordinator meets with the parties and may meet with children, mental health professionals, teachers or other professionals that the parties agree to provide additional information. The role of the parent coordinator is to help the parties settle their differences amicably and to make a legally binding decision quickly if the parties cannot reach an agreement. An education coordinator can only make decisions on matters that have been agreed to by the parties and that are resolved by the parent coordinator as part of a retention agreement. These issues may include adjustments to parental leave, enrollment in extracurricular activities, managing vacation plans, and planning for the care and return of children. The decisions of the Education Coordinator are neither privileged nor confidential and can be used in court if a party does not follow or decides to appeal.
Deb is focused on empowering her clients so they can make the best decision for themselves and their families in the most cost-effective way possible. Her experience and insight guide her as she works with clients to identify and implement the best path forward in their clients` family legal situations, whether through settlement discussions, mediation, arbitration, parental coordination or court. Deborah L. Baradziej is an attorney working in the law firm Baradziej, Deborah L.