Category Archives: Parenting Plans

Divorced Co-Parenting During COVID-19

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

January is “International Child-Centred Divorce Month”

    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”

The importance of an initial consultation

    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

Give Your Children The Gift of A Conflict-Free Christmas

    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

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

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, … Continue reading If I’m divorced, who will look after my kids in the event of my death?

Improve Your Communication With Your Co-Parent – Our Family Wizard App

    When you’re separated, sometimes communicating with your ex can be difficult and can lead to conflict (intended or not).  When I help clients develop a communication plan, it usually includes recommending that they use an app to communicate.  There are tons of them out there, but my favourite is Our Family Wizard. At … Continue reading Improve Your Communication With Your Co-Parent – Our Family Wizard App

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 … Continue reading When Can A Child Legally Decide Where They Want to Live?

“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 … 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 … Continue reading What amount of child support should I be paying or receiving?