We understand that most parents are very concerned about the impact separation can have on children and the time that you are able to spend with your children. Our goal is to assist you to find a parenting schedule or arrangement that is best suited to your family and that best meets the needs of your children.


Parents’ needs—though important—usually take a back seat to those of the children. It is more important to figure out what works for your children.


As a parent, you are the expert when it comes to your children

We recognize that in almost all circumstances, parents are the parenting experts when it comes to your children. It is important for people to keep in mind that whatever parenting arrangement you come to will not be set in stone—parenting arrangements are always going to be variable.


What is appropriate for very young children will only rarely be appropriate for those same children as they mature. As a result, it is very important to set a positive tone when negotiating your parenting arrangement that will allow you as parents to revisit the issue throughout your children’s childhoods without conflict.


Cooperation is key for healthy parenting

There are many ways to ensure that the parenting arrangement that is in place is working for your children. When parents are able to find even a small amount of cooperation, your children have a better opportunity to thrive and have positive relationships with both parents.


If parents are able to agree on parenting arrangements, the possibilities for parenting are almost limitless. It would be very unusual that a court would change a parenting arrangement where the parents are in agreement.


Negotiated parenting plans are more likely to be successful

In the event the parents cannot agree, we will work to find a solution outside of a courtroom, either through negotiation or mediation that will still allow you as parents to craft a solution that fits your children. That may mean that we find a parenting professional to assist you to find a developmentally appropriate arrangement, or it could mean that we work on different transition plans or agree to a schedule of review.


We will work very hard to find a negotiated resolution for parents because we know that negotiated solutions are more durable than parenting arrangements that are imposed on families. People are more likely to follow and support a plan when they have participated in the creation of the plan.


If the parents are not able to agree how the children’s needs are best met, a third party (either a judge or an arbitrator) will have to impose an arrangement. That is not an ideal situation but it can help parents move forward and sometimes that is the only way to bring resolution to a disagreement about parenting. We know that ongoing conflict can be detrimental for children, and this may be the only effective route to ending conflict for some families.



Contact us to see how we can help.

Moe Hannah LLP

Client safety is important to Moe Hannah and so is client service. The health of our staff and clients is our top priority.  If clients and counsel prefer to work remotely during this difficult time, options exist for us to provide this service. Moe Hannah is able to do “virtual” non face-to-face meeting through internet conferencing.  We can do virtual consultations, mediation, or mediation/arbitration.
We can make it easy!
We will email a link for the conference to each person. The only requirement is internet access and a device suitable for the conference, ideally a camera and microphone.  Some people just use their cell phones. 
If you have any questions, please call or email us to talk about how we can make this work. 
We can still meet at Moe Hannah LLP for those people that would prefer to personally attend.  Everyone entering our office will be screened in accordance with the latest Alberta Health Guidelines. 
Our lawyers and assistants are set up to work remotely and we will continue mediation, mediation/arbitration and client meetings using Teams Video Conferencing, as well as our regular telephone conferencing.
Consider Alternative Dispute Resolution
The Courts have announced that they are limiting access to urgent family law mattes. In light of this, parties may want to consider the mediation/arbitration process.  Please get in touch with your lawyer and/or assistant if you have any questions regarding your matter.
We look forward to working with you and helping you move forward during this difficult time.