All posts by Stephanie Dobson

If I’m divorced, who will look after my kids in the event of my death?

The laws in Alberta vs. Saskatchewan regarding guardianship of children after the passing of one parent are quite different. Some parents think that it’s automatically the other parent that will get the kids. On the other hand, some parents try to put it in their Will as to who will get their kids, and it’s … Continue reading If I’m divorced, who will look after my kids in the event of my death?

What happens to my Canada Pension Plan when I separate from my spouse?

While you are working, you will acquire CPP credits to you as an individual. Similarly, your working spouse will accumulate CPP credits. The number of credits you receive is based on your income level. These credits are considered to be assets when you and your spouse separate. Just like your vehicle or your house, these … Continue reading What happens to my Canada Pension Plan when I separate from my spouse?

As a step-parent, do I have a right to spend time with my step-kids after divorce?

By agreement between you and your former spouse, you have a right to enter into a parenting arrangement with biological kids and/or step-kids. If you and your former spouse cannot agree, you may make an application to Court to ask for time with your step-kids.  If you are unmarried and the kids reside in Alberta, … Continue reading As a step-parent, do I have a right to spend time with my step-kids after divorce?

How Can I Be a Successful Co-Parent?

When you get divorced, your spousal relationship ends but your parental relationship will continue forever.  Once the dust settles after you have finalized your parenting plan, you will likely be required to interact with your ex because of the children more than you would have thought.  For the kids’ sake, try to be a good … Continue reading How Can I Be a Successful Co-Parent?

I’ve decided to use the Collaborative Process for my divorce. What do the 4-Way Meetings Look Like?

First things first… CONGRATULATIONS on choosing a process that is going to put your children in the centre, instead of in the middle. As you likely know, the Collaborative Process is based on the idea that all of your discussions about your separation and divorce will occur within the context of “4-way meetings”.  Here is … Continue reading I’ve decided to use the Collaborative Process for my divorce. What do the 4-Way Meetings Look Like?

How do I apply for Legal Aid?

The process to apply for legal aid is slightly different in Saskatchewan and in Alberta. FINANCIAL ELIGIBILITY: In both provinces, you must contact the regional legal aid office to apply for assistance from a legal aid lawyer. Each province will screen its applicants for financial eligibility. In Alberta, you will be screened based on your … Continue reading How do I apply for Legal Aid?

At what age do my children have the right to choose which parent they live with?

I am asked this question at least a couple times per week. There seems to be a common belief that children can decide where they want to live after they turn 12. That is false. In Alberta and Saskatchewan, the legal age of majority is 18 – that remains the age at which parents officially … Continue reading At what age do my children have the right to choose which parent they live with?