Category Archives: Divorce

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?

When Can A Child Legally Decide Where They Want to Live?

The issue of where a child should live following a divorce or separation is a common one.  Parents constantly tell me that their child is telling them which parent they want to live with.  The question often becomes how to ensure that the child’s voice is heard and given proper attention, without allowing them to … Continue reading When Can A Child Legally Decide Where They Want to Live?

New York Times – The Good Divorce

Link to Article October 28, 2011 – Susan Gregory Thomas writes about her choice in how to divorce, the Collaborative Divorce.   She recommends that everyone at least do their due diligence before they embark on any choice in divorce.   In doing her due diligence, she read as many articles about the impact of divorce on … Continue reading New York Times – The Good Divorce

How can I reduce the stress and emotions that always seems to go along with separation and divorce?

As we lead into the holidays, it always seems as though there is a surge in phone calls at my office for consultations.  No matter what the reason, or when separations occur, it is likely going to be an emotionally stressful time for families. There are ways to reduce the trauma and stress that families going … Continue reading How can I reduce the stress and emotions that always seems to go along with separation and divorce?

Do I have to get a legal name change to change my surname when I get married or divorced?

No. In both Alberta and Saskatchewan, you may choose to use the surname of your husband or wife (yes, some husbands adopt their wives’ names too) without going through a legal name change. You may also choose to use your long-term partner’s name if you are classified as “adult interdependent partners” in Alberta (living together … Continue reading Do I have to get a legal name change to change my surname when I get married or divorced?

If I live in Lloydminster, do I have the choice of provinces in which I may file divorce court documents?

You may have the choice, but there are some parameters to be followed. The Divorce Act states that you may file divorce documents with the court in that particular province as long as one of the spouses has been resident in that province for at least a year. For example, if you have been resident … Continue reading If I live in Lloydminster, do I have the choice of provinces in which I may file divorce court documents?

Farmers Find a New Approach to Divorce

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 find creative … Continue reading Farmers Find a New Approach to Divorce