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 cohabitation / marriage agreements.
Mark has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since 2011. Mark has appeared at all levels of court in Alberta. He is trained in collaborative law and mediation. He is currently training as an arbitrator..
Prior to practicing law Mark spent 18 years working in the pipeline construction industry, which saw him work in 5 different provinces in Canada along with 2 stints in Russia. Desiring a career change and wishing to spend more time with his family, Mark left the pipeline industry and enrolled at the University of Alberta.
After completing three years toward a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Alberta Mark was accepted to the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta. On graduation Mark articled at a large downtown law firm in Edmonton. In January, 2016 Mark made the move to TC Family Law Group as one of its founders.
Mark was born in Australia, to Canadian parents looking for adventure. The family moved back to Canada shortly thereafter, ultimately settling in Southern Alberta. In 1991 Mark moved to Edmonton, where he has resided ever since. He is an avid sports enthusiast who participated in many sports as a youth. He continues to play hockey and slo-pitch. In his spare time he also enjoys travelling and spending time with his family.
Mark works hard to find solutions for his clients that are fair and equitable. He enjoys interacting with clients and recognizes the stress surrounding the breakdown of relationships and the need for effective representation. In understanding these difficulties his preference is to first explore the possibility of negotiating settlement, which is less stressful, more cost effective and can provide a more certain outcome. Mark also recognizes that in some situations negotiating is not an option. In these instances Mark is more than prepared to take a more forceful approach and proceed by way of litigation. Mark ensures that time is taken at the outset to gather information from his clients and to provide them with legal information and advice so that the most appropriate approach is taken in each particular circumstance.
Mark currently sit on the Board of Momentum Walk In Counselling, a not-for-profit organization providing mental health counselling services for individuals who cannot pay or wait for aid through the traditional health care system.
Mark continues to play hockey and in his spare time he enjoys travelling and spending time with his family.
Sue has over 25 years of experience working as a paralegal and family law legal assistant. Sue loves helping clients navigate the legal system and overcome hurdles they face in their divorce and separation.