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December 2013 Archives

Kardashian-Odom marriage ends

In a high-profile divorce case that has grabbed the attention of residents of Alberta, Khloe Kardashian filed for divorce from Lamar Odom in Los Angeles on Dec. 13. The reason for the break-up of the four-year marriage was listed as irreconcilable differences. During the spring of 2013, Kardashian laughed at critics who said their union wouldn't last. Their courtship was a whirlwind, and their elaborate wedding was featured on a cable channel.

Federal law impacts First Nations property rights

A new federal law affects matrimonial property rights in First Nations reserves in Alberta and across the nation. On Dec. 16, 2013, Bill S-2 was enacted as the government tries to address a problem that dates back decades. Under the new law, now known as the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act, a gap in the Indian Act regarding marital property rights is filled, and courts are allowed to give exclusive occupation rights to one member of a couple, particularly in cases of domestic violence.

Mother with terminal cancer seeking $350,000 in child support

Alberta residents may have heard about a Victoria mother who is seeking more than $350,000 in back child support to provide for her children and their education. The child support was ordered when the mother and the children's father divorced in Chicago. The father was ordered to pay $6,800 every month, but the mother says that the support stopped once they moved to Canada.

Legal aspects of common-law relationships

In Alberta and across Canada, people generally think that a common-law relationship can easily substitute for marriage, especially if they have concerns about tying the knot. However, from the perspective of legal matters and family law, they could face several challenges. One lawyer offered several tips for those considering such a relationship.

Older divorced individuals have retirement shortage

According to a new survey, individuals who are age 50 or older when they divorce imagine that they will have a hard time having a secure retirement. Calgary residents who get divorced later in life may be affected to a greater degree due to the need to pay spousal support and the loss of retirement savings. Therefore, many of these individuals think that they will have to work longer than they planned and that their savings may not sufficiently fund their later years.

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