There is lots of media attention on January being “International Divorce Month” and January 8th being “International Divorce Day”, but I prefer to bring to light a different term if we are to say that January is a popular month for initiating divorce proceedings – it’s called “International Child-Centred Divorce Month” and it … Continue reading January is “International Child-Centred Divorce Month”
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
We know that toxic stress and chronic conflict negatively impacts kids’ development. When you are separated and need to deal with facilitating a parenting schedule and exchanging kids, stress and conflict can occur especially at the point of the exchange. Here are some tips to reduce conflict during exchanges and improve kids’ experiences … Continue reading How do I improve transitions for kids between two homes?
There’s a new Act coming into force on January 1, 2020 – the Family Property Act – replacing the current Matrimonial Property Act. The biggest change is that this legislation now gives unmarried separating couples in Alberta the right to automatically divide their assets and debts. This is huge – until now, these … Continue reading Changes are Coming for Unmarried Separating Couples in Alberta – Jan 1, 2020
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
In many cases, divorces are financially devastating. This is particularly true for farm families – many litigated outcomes can cause farmers’ operations to be irreparably crippled. The Collaborative Process can help farmers weather the storm of divorce better. In the Collaborative Process, the separating spouses and their lawyers engage in 4-way meetings to … Continue reading Farmers Find a New Approach to Divorce
Divorce and separation can be a very stressful time for parents, and for children. It is normal for children to feel grief over the loss of the family unit – this can be exacerbated when there is a high level of parental conflict. In situations of extreme conflict, children can suffer a variety … Continue reading Reducing the effects of conflict on children in high conflict divorces
The simple answer is yes… but maybe not in the way that you think. You must file court papers, and have a judge sign off to finalise your divorce. However, you are not required to fight everything out in court to settle your affairs. There are many options available to have your divorce … Continue reading Must I go to Court to Get a Divorce?
It is going to be difficult to tell your kids that their parents are divorcing. How you tell them, and how you help them deal with their emotions in the aftermath of breaking the news is very important to consider. Here are some tips on breaking the news: Show that you are unified … Continue reading How Do I Break the News To My Kids About Our Divorce?
If I can make one recommendation to you, it’s for you to be patient. As you probably know, most often there is a one-year waiting period before your divorce can be finalised by the Court. Once the decision to separate has been made, there are usually a variety of legal issues which must … Continue reading How long will it take to be done with my divorce? I just want to be over!