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October 2016 Archives

Can collaborative law help couples avoid parental alienation?

When parents separate, the unfortunate truth is that it is often their children who suffer the most. Whether wittingly or otherwise, adults sometimes trap their kids in the middle of a bitter dispute and even use them as weapons against each other. The results can be devastating for both the parents and the children. For some Alberta parents, collaborative law may help them to steer clear of this all too common pitfall.

Finances and divorce: Collaborative law may be the sound choice

There may be no greater source of concern for the average person than money. Day-to-day living expenses consume much of our resources, and a recent study conducted in Alberta suggests that most people have little margin for error with their finances. For those about to divorce, fiscal considerations take on extra significance. Collaborative law might be the way for those seeking a sound future.

Change in home values make property division a key aspect of divorce

Anyone who owns a home in Canada right now is probably aware of the ongoing rise in the value of real estate. For those going through a divorce or considering a separation, the question of who keeps the house may be a critical one. Making decisions about property division is now more complicated than ever.

Child custody dispute ends with Canadian kids moving overseas

When a couple gets divorced, deciding how to split their accumulated assets can be a difficult process. However, deciding how best to provide a home or homes for children might be the hardest part of all. A protracted child custody case that was contested in two countries separated by an ocean recently came to a close after a ruling from a court here in Canada.

Divorce mediation can help over 50s stay solvent

The incidence of divorce over 50, what's being termed a 'grey divorce', is on the rise. Statistics from the United States indicate that one in four divorces involve a party over 50 years of age. Grey divorce is becoming more common here in Alberta, too. Starting a new life in middle age or beyond can be challenging, especially financially. It may help to go into a divorce with a plan for future solvency, and choosing divorce mediation is a sound first step.

Dad commits fraud to make child support payments

When a relationship ends, both parents are responsible for the financial well-being of any children they had together. To ensure their financial well-being, child support payments are mandated by both federal and Alberta law and will vary depending on many factors relating to custody and income. Such payments can become burdensome, and in a recent case, they actually led a man to engage in criminal behaviour.

BC dad claims child support being misused, demands cut-off

At the core of every divorce involving a couple with children, there should be a plan for the future of the kids. Such a plan may include funding their education, should the children choose to pursue post-secondary opportunities. However, what happens when the person writing the child support cheques feels the money is being spent in vain?

Child custody decision spurs woman to abduct her children

A divorce can be a messy situation for all those involved. Emotions often run high, tempers can flare, and rash decisions may be the result. A rather exceptional example of such a decision stemmed from a child custody battle that did not go as a woman living outside of Alberta had hoped.

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