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Same-sex relationships

Castle & Associates is noted for its innovative work in cases involving same-sex couples and their families in Alberta. 

At our Calgary law firm, we have experience with the sometimes unique added dynamic of a same-sex relationship within the confines of the Alberta legal system. We offer clients comprehensive and effective family legal services, specifically in the areas of divorce and separation, and in the sometimes challenging areas of adoptions, child custody and access.

Legal Representation In Same-Sex Family Litigation

Our law firm has a number of reported decisions that involve same-sex unions. In general, our challenge has been to argue that same-sex couples are entitled to the same responsibilities, rights and benefits as those in opposite-sex unions. Although Canada adopted a gender-neutral definition of marriage in 2005, several legal challenges remain for same-sex couples.

Specifically, many same-sex couples choose to live in common law relationships and do not fall under the same legal rules as those who are in legal marriages. Same-sex couples, whether married or unmarried, may face barriers to adoption. Barriers may also arise in the administration of an estate when one partner passes away. When a same-sex relationship comes to an end, issues of property division and co-parenting may be emotional and complex.

Castle & Associates maintains a comprehensive family law practice; we are seasoned litigators who can enforce your rights in a courtroom, during mediation or settlement negotiations. We are also committed to helping couples establish relationships on solid legal footing: We advise on the creation of domestic contracts, including cohabitation and prenuptial agreements.


We are family law litigators who have appeared in all three levels of Alberta courts: Provincial Court, Court of Queen's Bench and Court of Appeal. Our lawyers have nearly 60 years of courtroom experience between them and frequently appear before prominent Alberta judges.

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Castle & Associates accepts private retainer and legal aid clients and serves both with equal vigour and enthusiasm. We encourage anyone interested in learning about our legal services to get in touch with us for a consultation appointment with one of our lawyers.