Category Archives: Parenting Plans

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?

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?

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?

At what age do my children have the right to choose which parent they live with?

I am asked this question at least a couple times per week. There seems to be a common belief that children can decide where they want to live after they turn 12. That is false. In Alberta and Saskatchewan, the legal age of majority is 18 – that remains the age at which parents officially … Continue reading At what age do my children have the right to choose which parent they live with?

What is my Obligation to Support My Child Who is Over the Age of 18?

A parent is required to support their child as long as they are a “child” under the appropriate legislation. To determine if a child is still a “child” for child support purposes, look at both age and dependency. For age – the cut off is the child being under the age of majority in the … Continue reading What is my Obligation to Support My Child Who is Over the Age of 18?

“Retroactive Support” – Will you be a victim?

The hottest topic in family law these days is the issue of retroactive child support – also called “back pay”. When a parent is required to pay child support, that parent has a duty to tell the other parent when his or her income changes. As you may have experienced, this doesn’t always happen. The … Continue reading “Retroactive Support” – Will you be a victim?

What amount of child support should I be paying or receiving?

How do you know if you’re paying or receiving the proper amount of child support? Regardless of whether you have a court order or you are a party to a written or oral agreement for child support, child support payments may be subject to variation if circumstances of either the paying or receiving parent changes? … Continue reading What amount of child support should I be paying or receiving?

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

Globe and Mail – How Parents Can Have A Happy Thanksgiving (and existence)

Link to Article October 6, 2011 – Tralee Pearce reminds parents that there is a requirement for parents to co-exist after the dust settles from the divorce negotiations.  If you have a nasty divorce, you will likely have a nasty co-parenting relationship for at least a few years to come.  She talks about the benefits … Continue reading Globe and Mail – How Parents Can Have A Happy Thanksgiving (and existence)