Amid this COVID-19 world pandemic, separated and divorced parents are still coping with trying their best to co-parent. I would be interested to know – has this pandemic crated more cooperation between you as parents or escalated matters? BE FLEXIBLE We have kids who are needing to self-isolate in one parent’s home for any given … Continue reading Divorced Co-Parenting During COVID-19
Unmarried living together – very common these days! Planning for that cohabitation – less common, but probably one of the most important things you can do. Whether you end up married or not, the law in many jurisdictions provides that once you’ve been living together for a certain period, your division of assets & debts … Continue reading Planning for Living Together – Questions to Contemplate
I recently came across a news article about a Vancouver woman ordered to pay her ex $200,000.00 after trashing his reputation online. Most people have a general understanding about the concept of defamation, but you rarely hear about actual defamation orders being made or damages being awarded. After coming across the article, I … Continue reading Social Media and Defamation – A Cautionary Tale
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
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
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, … Continue reading If I’m divorced, who will look after my kids in the event of my death?
If you are planning a trip to family law chambers in Alberta, you need to know about Practice Note 2 (PN2). There are strictly enforced rules about the nature and types of files that can be argued in morning chambers. These rules also extend to the length of time you are allowed to … Continue reading What is Practice Note 2?
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 … Continue reading When Can A Child Legally Decide Where They Want to Live?