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Family Law strategies to position yourself moving forward.

Practical, cost effective solutions to minimize the financial and emotional turmoil associated with the breakdown of a relationship.

Constructive Approaches

Our team has the experience and knowledge to tailor a solution to your specific needs. At Demas Schaefer we take pride in listening to our clients and creating strategies that are practical, efficient, and cost-effective.

Client Specific

We are trained to listen before reacting. Your situation is unique. There is no one-size fits all approach. Our family lawyers will tailor a strategy to your specifics needs and goals.

Experienced Counsel

Our family lawyers have appeared at all levels of court in Alberta and have had success in litigation and through negotiation. We are experienced so you don’t have to be.

Resolution Focused

Litigation is not the only path forward. There are alternative dispute resolutions that are available. Our family lawyers are experienced in finding "out-of-the-box" solutions to our client’s problems.

Responsive Support

We know that this is your life and you are trusting us to help you. Demas Schaefer has developed systems to ensure that we are attentive and responsive to your needs. When you need us, we are here.

Family Law Solutions

At Demas Schaefer we have more than one tool in our toolbox. We offer a variety of family law services and are able to craft a solution for your situation that will help you achieve your goals.

Divorce & Separation

Divorce can be very difficult to deal with alone. We are here to help get your through what is undoubtedly the most trying time in your life.

Family Property

We are here to help you navigate your way through this complex area of the law to ensure that you receive what you are legally entitled to.


Ensuring the proper care and well-being of children is of the utmost importance to all parents. This can sometimes become challenging on the breakdown of a relationship.

Child Support

We can help you navigate your way through any necessary court proceedings to ensure that you are able to obtain from your spouse or partner the financial assistance necessary to properly provide for your children.

Spousal Support

Contact us today to discuss what you may be entitled to and how you may be able to go about receiving financial assistance from your former spouse or partner.

Common-Law Relationships

Let us take the stress and anxiety out of your hands and guide you to a proper resolution in the quickest and most cost-effective fashion possible.


We are able to assist with two types of adoptions – direct placement adoptions or step-parent adoptions.


Mediation can be a very effective process to use in coming to a final resolution of some or all issues after separation.

Prenuptial and Cohabitation Agreements

A prenuptial agreement or prenup is a contract between two people that is entered into prior to their marriage.

Our People

At Demas Schaefer we have lawyers that you can trust and rely upon. We are experienced family lawyers who have the knowledge and expertise to guide you through your divorce or separation.

Mark Demas
Partner / Lawyer / Mediator / Collaborative Lawyer

Mark Demas

Mark is a co-founder of Demas Schaefer Family Lawyers. Mark practices in all areas of family law, including divorce, custody, child support, family property, spousal support, and marriage agreements.
Sean Schaefer
Partner / Lawyer / Mediator

Sean Schaefer

Sean is a co-founder of Demas Schaefer Family Lawyers. Sean has experience in all areas of family law with a focus on divorce, family property disputes, parenting, custody, and support. Adoptions also play a key role in Sean's practice.
Jaskiran Bajwa

Jaskiran Bajwa

Jaskiran specializes in high conflict family disputes and divorces. Jaskiran has a deep understanding of the complexities and high emotions that come with being involved in legal disputes.
Graeme Kluge

Graeme Kluge

Graeme’s approach to resolving family law matters is fair but firm. He prides himself on tailoring his approach to the needs of his clients and their families. 
Emily Gore

Emily Gore

Emily was called to the Bar in March 2019 and since becoming a lawyer, she has practiced almost entirely in the areas of family and divorce law.
Peter Ewanchuk

Peter Ewanchuk

Peter is passionate about the practice of Law and assisting his clients to resolve their problems in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

What's New

Our family lawyers are always staying on top of the latest legal and practical developments in family law and divorce. We can tailor a solution to your needs based on the most recent changes in the law. Set up a free consult with us today to discuss your matter.

Defaulting on child support payments can cost you

Defaulting on child support payments can cost you

A child’s welfare is of utmost concern to family court judges in a divorce. According to s.16(1) of the Divorce Act: “The court shall take into consideration only the best interests of the child of the marriage in making a parenting order or a contact order.”