How the courts calculate child support in Alberta

When a couple separates or divorces, there tends to be chatter around child support. Often one parent – sometimes both – feel the amount to be paid isn’t fair. But Canadian law is clear on why child support is required and how it’s calculated.

The law states child support is an undisputable right of the child and creates an obligation …

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Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard: How defamation cases work in Canada

“Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Verdict: Jury sides with Depp, awards $15 million”

In Canada, defamation has to do with words that impact the plaintiff’s reputation with
others1 and is a strict liability offence2. These words can be written (known as libel) or
spoken (known as slander). In Grant v Torstar Corp. the Supreme Court of Canada
(SCC) outlined the current law …

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How Blockchain Technology could Revolutionize Real Estate

We’ve all heard of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Doge, and other cryptocurrencies that are the next “big thing”. With Bitcoin hitting an all-time high of $81,000 earlier this year, many may feel they have already missed the boat. However, cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology is only in its infancy stage when it comes to the impact it could have on everyday society and …

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Is the Dower Act a Thing of the Past?

The Dower Act came into effect in 1917 and, though it has been amended since, it has not changed substantively since 1948. Now, the Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI) is reviewing the Dower Act and seeking feedback on whether it should be reformed or repealed. 

What are Dower Rights?

Dower Rights protect a married person’s right to live in their …

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What to do: You’ve bought a home and now you discovered problems

It’s a big deal to buy a home! Whether you’re on your tenth home or first home, there’s still a lot to consider before signing on the dotted line to ensure your home is in working condition. The last thing you need is to discover major issues that could end up costing you a lot of money and pain. A …

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Dividing family property: what you need to know

Dividing property after a separation can often be complex and technical, particularly when the period of separation spans over a number of years, rather than months or weeks. How do you determine what is yours to keep outright and what should be shared with your spouse?

Here are the basics of what you need to know: 


If …

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Behind on child support payments? No hunting or fishing, states Utah bill

A new bill passed in the state of Utah is coming into effect on July 1, 2021, which will result in thousands of residents being ineligible to obtain hunting or fishing licenses due to unpaid child support. Notices are being sent out to residents who owe more than $2,500 in child support arrears that they may not “apply for, obtain, …

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Why you should hire a lawyer before buying and selling a home

So, you’ve decided you want to buy or sell a house, but you don’t exactly know how to go about it.

There are often many processes at play simultaneously, which can be overwhelming for anyone. Having a real estate lawyer in your corner can make buying or selling your home easier to navigate.

At Hayes Fry Law, we promise to …

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How we’re redefining the practice of family law

Here’s the thing, we approach family law very differently; for every family law case, we ask the question, “What is the real problem here, and what are the short term and long-term solutions?”.  Overall, our goal as a firm with all family law cases is to understand every client’s long-term goals – not just focusing on the here and now. 

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Dr. Dre and the validity of a prenup

In our previous blog post, we discussed the importance of having a prenuptial agreement if you have assets you want to protect prior to entering a committed relationship.

Here’s a little something in regards to prenups, based on current events. Case in point: Dr. Dre.

It has been almost a year now since Nicole Young commenced divorce proceedings against Andre …

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