Category Archives: Parenting Coordination

As a step-parent, do I have a right to spend time with my step-kids after divorce?

By agreement between you and your former spouse, you have a right to enter into a parenting arrangement with biological kids and/or step-kids. If you and your former spouse cannot agree, you may make an application to Court to ask for time with your step-kids.  If you are unmarried and the kids reside in Alberta, … Continue reading As a step-parent, do I have a right to spend time with my step-kids after divorce?

How Can I Be a Successful Co-Parent?

When you get divorced, your spousal relationship ends but your parental relationship will continue forever.  Once the dust settles after you have finalized your parenting plan, you will likely be required to interact with your ex because of the children more than you would have thought.  For the kids’ sake, try to be a good … Continue reading How Can I Be a Successful Co-Parent?

The Importance of Consistency Between Mom’s House / Dad’s House

    When raising children in separated homes, there are many things to negotiate At first when parents separate, typically the first things that need to be dealt with are parenting schedules (when will children be at mom’s house and at dad’s house) and the finances (child support, bill payments, etc.). However, separated parents (referred … Continue reading The Importance of Consistency Between Mom’s House / Dad’s House

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

If I’m Divorced, Do I Need My Ex’s Consent to Apply for My Kids’ Passport?

Once your kids are 16 years old, they may apply for their passport without requiring their parents’ signatures.  Until that age, though, both parents’ consent are usually required – this consent comes in the form of a signature on the application form. If you have a Separation Agreement or a Court Order for “joint custody”, … Continue reading If I’m Divorced, Do I Need My Ex’s Consent to Apply for My Kids’ Passport?

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

How Involved Should Our Children Be in Parenting Plan Decisions?

This is a very tough question.  For some reason, many separating couples believe that at some magical age, the children should have the right to decide which parent they will live with after separation.  Certainly, I would agree that there are many instances where children should be asked to meaningfully participate in decisions being made … Continue reading How Involved Should Our Children Be in Parenting Plan Decisions?