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October 2013 Archives

Foster parents win court battle for guardianship

According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation of Manitoba, a family won a long drawn-out battle against the Métis Child and Family Services Authority. The family law dispute centered around whether the Filipino-Canadian foster parents could legally raise their foster son.

The challenges of same-sex marriage and divorce for Albertans

As one of the first nations in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, Canada attracted hundreds of same-sex couples from across the globe who were seeking marriages. In 2004, Canada became one of the first nations to allow for divorces for gay and lesbian couples, but at the time, little thought was given to the possible family legal issues that could result.

Relief for woman after years of fighting for child support

A Prince Edward Island woman claims that the province's P.E.I. Maintenance Enforcement Program has caused her child support case to be delayed for years. The woman had requested a higher amount of child support after her welder ex-husband moved and she believed he was earning a substantially higher salary than the $26,000 amount that her award had originally be based upon.

New study promotes shift in justice system

A new report called "Access to Justice: A Roadmap for Change" may cause radical changes in the Alberta justice system. As part of a comprehensive overhaul of the legal system, the report suggests citizens should have access to simpler and more efficient methods when dealing with family legal issues and asks for more resources and efforts that promote "front-end" services, including education and dispute prevention.

Learning from celeb divorces

Whether it's Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Elizabeth Taylor and any number of her spouses or Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, celebrity divorces get the attention of much of the public, including the Calgary audience. When a high profile couple decides to split, it can be surprising, especially when the couple has been together for a long time and seemed to defy the odds. Fortunately, non-celebrities often get to learn the lessons of celebrity marriages and divorces without having to undertake the process themselves, due to the public nature of celeb divorces.

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