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September 2014 Archives

Things you should know about Spousal Support Guidelines in Alberta

Two statutes -- the Family Law Act and the Divorce Act -- are used to determine matters of spousal support in Alberta. In general, the purpose of spousal support is to recognize and account for either spouse's economic advantages or disadvantages caused by the end of the marriage.

Calgary mother seeks return of child taken by father to Lebanon

In the 1980s, the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, or simply the Hague Abduction Convention, was drafted to expedite the process of returning a child home after the child has been internationally abducted by a parent. The Convention applies to children under the age of 16.

Child support: Things to know about basic and special expenses

Parents going through separation or divorce often feel overwhelmed by the process of establishing an appropriate child support arrangement. Even the legal language may seem strange in an already complicated and emotionally fraught time. To clarify these matters, let's go over some of the basic aspects of child support that parents can expect to encounter.

How far back can retroactive child support go?

Child support determinations are based on a variety of factors, including the incomes of the payor and the recipient. In Canada, if a payor's income rises, then the payor is responsible for increasing the amount of child support to reflect the change in income. However, in many cases, the payor is either unaware of or intentionally avoids this obligation. When this kind of situation occurs, the parent receiving child support can seek a retroactive award. Such a resolution can be achieved through litigation or mediation, though many parents find that mediation is a more cost-effective way of handling the issue.

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