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June 2016 Archives

Child mobility: when an Alberta custodial parent wants to move

In Canadian society today, moving to a new town, a different province or even another country for a new job, a promotion or a relationship, is not uncommon. Of course, relocation becomes much more complicated when the person who wants to move has custody of a child from a previous marriage for a significant amount of the time. The other parent usually has the legal right to object and ultimately the question of whether the parent can move and take the child may end up before the court. 

Setting the course for a positive relationship after divorce

Divorce can be amicable, even if it is difficult. Especially when the divorcing spouses will need to co-parent their children after the split, there is a growing interest in Canada for divorced couples to go forward with positive — albeit nonmarital —relationships that benefit them and their kids alike. 

Alberta custody: Parental alienation versus parental estrangement

In cases of divorce when there are children of the marriage, creating custody and parenting time arrangements that are in the children’s best interests is paramount to all involved. Often these child custody decisions can be negotiated between the parents as part of an agreement, but if not, the court must decide. When a child resists or refuses to spend time with one of the parents, the entire process is obviously more difficult and issues of parental alienation or estrangement may be raised. 

Alberta custody: factors to determine a child’s best interest

Today we continue our discussion of the laws governing child custody and parenting time for Alberta families in separation and divorce. As we explained in a recent post, both federal and provincial laws require that all court decisions in Alberta concerning custody, parenting and access be made after careful consideration of the child’s best interests. 

More on the basics of Alberta child custody law

Last week, we wrote about the federal and provincial laws that impact child custody and child access decisions in Alberta divorces. We explained that the court must focus on the best interests of the children as directed by the federal Divorce Act and the Alberta Family Law Act. 

Child custody basics in an Alberta divorce

Most parents are laser focused on the well being of their children when making decisions impacting kids in the divorce process. A fair amount of anxiety can accompany such concerns when the future arrangements are still undetermined. A divorcing parent not only wants the children to be happy and healthy after the marriage ends, but also may worry about how much time he or she will have with them. 

Do not underestimate the heavy impact of debt in divorce

Most people approaching divorce worry about whether the division of property will be fair and allow them a decent lifestyle. What is sometimes even more important is that the division of debts in divorce be equitable, because property a person is awarded in a divorce can be quickly depleted to pay down debt, seriously impacting the divorced spouse's standard of living. 

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