When families meet with me and wish to use Mediation to resolve their issues relating to their separation and divorce, they often ask whether they need to have a lawyer as well, or if I can finalise everything (being that I am a lawyer and a mediator). Often clients want to use mediation instead of … Continue reading The Role of Lawyers in Family Mediation
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
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 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?
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?
In the last issue, we discussed the importance of including a child’s voice in custody and access disputes. In this issue, we will discuss some of the potential ways that this can occur. Generally, a judge will not allow a child to testify in court or to swear an affidavit, however, there is technically no … Continue reading The Child’s Voice in Legal Proceedings – Part 2
It is going to be difficult to tell your kids that their parents are divorcing. How you tell them, and how you help them deal with their emotions in the aftermath of breaking the news is very important to consider. Here are some tips on breaking the news: Show that you are unified – if … Continue reading How Do I Break the News To My Kids About Our Divorce?
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 you are travelling this holiday season, do yourself and your kids a favour – get a Consent to Travel form signed by the non-travelling parent in front of a Notary Public or a Commissioner for Oaths. This is not only required for divorced/divorcing parents – it’s anytime you are travelling without the other parent … Continue reading When I travel alone with my kids, what documentation do I need to bring?
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?