One of the biggest concerns parents have during a divorce is protecting their children's mental health and well-being. Decisions about child custody and support have real consequences for children, and in almost all cases a breakup between parents will mean major life changes for the children involved. One paradigm Alberta parents can use when approaching parenting during a divorce is to consider the children's "rights."
Divorce does not only involve the division of assets, but also the distribution of debts and, in some cases, future income. A family law dispute can cause a great deal of financial stress and can have a major impact on a person's credit if they are stuck carrying more debt than they can manage. Here are some tips for Alberta individuals, couples, and families looking to protect their credit in the case of a divorce.
For most divorcing couples, financial concerns are top-of-mind. The distribution of assets and future financial support make up the bulk of the family law process in most Alberta separations. Fortunately, there are preventative measures that can be taken to avoid an unfair or drawn-out break-up. The earlier these issues are discussed in a marriage, the easier the process will be.
Many people are aware of the property-related impact a divorce can have. But what effect does this financial and personal stress have on other aspects of a person's health and well-being? Many people in Alberta are impacted by a family law dispute, and it is important to understand how this may affect the mental health of those involved.
Divorce settlements are almost always based on certain assumptions, including an assumption about the projected future earnings of each spouse. This information is often considered when calculating spousal support in Alberta. But what happens when a job loss takes place during a divorce? There are a few things divorcees should know about this challenging scenario.
Domestic violence is a topic that is getting increasing coverage in recent years, and a high-profile domestic violence incident in Calgary has reignited the conversation in Alberta. People seem to have many questions about how to manage such situations. What should be done if experiencing domestic violence? Is there a good way to help a loved one, and what family law solutions exist to protect people trying to leave an abusive household? Experts in the province are weighing in on these questions to keep people safe.
There are many different types of families in Alberta, but unmarried or "common-law" couples seems to particularly be on the rise. Recently, Statistics Canada verified this trend. According to the General Social Survey (GSS), three-quarters of Canadian adults 25 to 64 cohabit with a partner but that a decreasing number of these couples are legally married. There are many family law implications in this trend, including managing divorce while one or both spouses are cohabiting with another partner and the rights of common law couples if a relationship dissolves.
When a relationship gets serious a couple -- who are very often in a honeymoon phase -- might decide to take things to the next level. That may mean living together. There are family law rules in Alberta that can assist each individual in making decisions when it comes to protecting his or her assets within a serious relationship. After all, those assets may be handed down to a person's children one day.
Individuals receiving spousal support may be cheering when their former spouses get substantial pay raises. Increasing the amount of spousal support after a payor gets a raise is one of the most contentious, litigated issues in family law in Canada. Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines are used in Canada to determine the duration and what the amount of spousal support should be.
Compromising over child visitation is something many divorced or separated parents often find difficult. Family law in Alberta stipulates that children do better when they can have both parents in their lives, but when one parent leaves the country with his or her children without the permission of the other, it's not only devastating, but it is against the law. Some parents won't abide by the rules and when international borders are involved in child custody matters, and things can get complicated.