Category Archives: Family Law and Divorce

How do I make a “parenting schedule” with my ex when dealing with oilfield hours?

Many separating and divorcing families in our area face this problem of trying to create a schedule to spend time with their kids, but face the challenge of the unreliability of their work hours in the oilfield service industry.  How can this be overcome? I like to re-define the phrase “parenting schedule” when we’re talking … Continue reading How do I make a “parenting schedule” with my ex when dealing with oilfield hours?

Must I go to Court to Get a Divorce?

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 finalize 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 issues resolved … Continue reading Must I go to Court to Get a Divorce?

TOP 10 TIPS to Keep Legal Fees at a Minimum During Separation or Divorce

10.       Do-It-Yourself – do the paperwork yourself.  I recommend talking to a lawyer, even if only briefly, to ensure that this is the right course for you. 9.         Hire a lawyer as a “coach” – you may need a lawyer to iron out the rough patches, but the rest of the divorce can be done … Continue reading TOP 10 TIPS to Keep Legal Fees at a Minimum During Separation or 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?

Do I need a separation agreement before I can get divorced?

Technically… no, you don’t need a separation agreement in order to get divorced.  You can set out your agreements in your divorce application, but it can get extremely complicated to do so if you don’t have all the details worked out.  In an agreement, usually the items set out include some or all of: a … Continue reading Do I need a separation agreement before I can get divorced?

I have heard about “Collaborative Law” for divorcing families – what is it?

This is a topic I hold dear to me because of the positive effects it can have on families going through separation & divorce. Collaborative Family Law is a structured process which offers families an alternative to court in resolving their family dispute.  It allows parties to focus on what is important to them and … Continue reading I have heard about “Collaborative Law” for divorcing families – what is it?

Happy Belated Family Mediation Day – Benefits of Mediation

Valentine’s Day week is pretty awful for an article on divorce to be coming out!  I should just end the article right here… but I won’t.  I’ll try to keep it to a happy tone. The first Wednesday in February (this year it was Feb 6th) is Family Mediation Day in Canada as designated by … Continue reading Happy Belated Family Mediation Day – Benefits of Mediation

January is “International Child-Centred Divorce Month”

Although the month of January is coming to a close very quickly, it still bears bringing to light the fact that January is International Child-Centered Divorce Month.  It was started by Rosalind Sedacca in theUSA who wanted to bring together divorce professionals who would focus one month of the year on providing local educational events, … Continue reading January is “International Child-Centred Divorce Month”