Category Archives: Child Support

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?

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?

What is my Obligation to Support My Child Who is Over the Age of 18?

A parent is required to support their child as long as they are a “child” under the appropriate legislation. To determine if a child is still a “child” for child support purposes, look at both age and dependency. For age – the cut off is the child being under the age of majority in the … Continue reading What is my Obligation to Support My Child Who is Over the Age of 18?

“Retroactive Support” – Will you be a victim?

The hottest topic in family law these days is the issue of retroactive child support – also called “back pay”. When a parent is required to pay child support, that parent has a duty to tell the other parent when his or her income changes. As you may have experienced, this doesn’t always happen. The … Continue reading “Retroactive Support” – Will you be a victim?

What amount of child support should I be paying or receiving?

How do you know if you’re paying or receiving the proper amount of child support? Regardless of whether you have a court order or you are a party to a written or oral agreement for child support, child support payments may be subject to variation if circumstances of either the paying or receiving parent changes? … Continue reading What amount of child support should I be paying or receiving?

My kids’ dad hasn’t paid support in over 6 months – do I still have to let him see the kids?

Yes…Yes…Yes. I have clients come in to see me about this on a regular basis. Some clients think that they can dangle parenting time in front of the other parent as a tool to ensure that support is paid, and paid on time. Legally speaking, the two concepts – support and parenting time – are … Continue reading My kids’ dad hasn’t paid support in over 6 months – do I still have to let him see the kids?

How Can We Make Extra-Curricular Activities Run Smoothly Post-Divorce?

You mean you still have to work with your ex on issues regarding the kids after the divorce has been finalized? Imagine that! Some clients wonder why I encourage them to choose a divorce process that will allow them to be able to (and even want to) communicate with their ex post-divorce.  Extra-curricular activities often … Continue reading How Can We Make Extra-Curricular Activities Run Smoothly Post-Divorce?

Do I have to go back to court each year to update my child support?

You may be able to avoid going to court or even seeing a lawyer! On December 1, 2009, Alberta Justice started a new service called the Child Support Recalculation Program. Upon application by one party, the service recalculates child support using most recent income tax information for each parent.  It can review numbers both for … Continue reading Do I have to go back to court each year to update my child support?

4-Part Series: Aspects of Separation & Divorce – Part 2: Parenting Time and Responsibilities

Last month, we looked at child support; this month we will explore parenting time & responsibilities (aka child custody & access). In any parenting plan, parents must make arrangements for how they will spend time with their children, and how the decisions will be made in respect of their children. Decision-Making Responsibilities Parents may be … Continue reading 4-Part Series: Aspects of Separation & Divorce – Part 2: Parenting Time and Responsibilities