Category Archives: Child Support

The importance of an initial consultation

    People often ask why they need to come in for an initial consultation.  They just have a question that will take “30 seconds” of my time to answer.  I often hear frustration on the other end of the phone when they are advised that they need to come in for a consultation to … Continue reading The importance of an initial consultation

How do I know if I’m entitled to spousal support?

    Each time I write about spousal support, I always repeat the same statement of principle – the determination of spousal support is more of an art than a science. This remains true. In order to determine whether you’re entitled to spousal support, you should begin by considering the factors set out in the … Continue reading How do I know if I’m entitled to spousal support?

Give Your Children The Gift of A Conflict-Free Christmas

    What do children in the midst of their parents’ high conflict divorce want for Christmas? Ask them… they’ll tell you they want freedom from conflict – a gift that will last a lifetime.  Wouldn’t that be a special gift for your children? When parents talk about how they will share holidays and special … Continue reading Give Your Children The Gift of A Conflict-Free Christmas

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 … Continue reading How do I apply for Legal Aid?

“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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading How Can We Make Extra-Curricular Activities Run Smoothly Post-Divorce?

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

Why is a Detailed Parenting Plan So Important?

    When I am facilitating the Parenting After Separation seminar, one of the goals of the course is to teach parents the importance of creating a detailed parenting plan for how they will parent their children post-separation and divorce.  I thought I would reiterate this importance. Usually, the goal of creating a parenting plan … Continue reading Why is a Detailed Parenting Plan So Important?