There is no one way to describe a family in the 21st century. The family dynamic can be as individual as the people making up the family unit. Legally, the family dynamic in Alberta is governed by family law, and there are certain criteria that need to be upheld like always doing what is in the best interests of children; however, that doesn't always mean a family is located under one roof all the time.
Going to court is not pleasant under any circumstances. A divorcing Alberta couple who would like to stay away from the litigation process may wish to investigate how the collaborative law process may be able to help them to reach decisions on issues that have been problematic. Couples involved in the collaborative divorce process sign agreements that they will be transparent and forthright in the bargaining process to try to keep their cases from going to court.
Divorced entrepreneurs who are on the line for paying child support need to know how that support should be calculated. Family law rules in Alberta say child support payments should be determined on the payor's income, but that's not always so easy to calculate for those who own businesses. A parent who is paying child support must, under the law, be transparent about his or her income and benefits. If the parents can't come to some understanding of what child support payments should be, a court will look at expenses the payor claims under the Income Tax Act to come to a decision on payments.