When separated parents disagree about the COVID-19 Vaccine

It’s been almost 5 months since Health Canada approved the Pfizer vaccine and the Moderna Therapeutics vaccine for adults. While most Canadians were elated by the vaccines’ approval, others remained skeptical. This sad reality will no doubt have a divisive impact on separated parents’ decisions to vaccinate their children—once a vaccine for children is finally approved.

Decision to Vaccinate

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The difference between Partner & Spousal Support and how to know if you’re eligible to receive support.

In Alberta, a married person is eligible to receive spousal support from their spouse under the Divorce Act. Support for unmarried couples is governed by the Family Law Act and the Adult Interdependent Relationships Act. In those cases, support is referred to as Partner Support.

You might be eligible for either spousal or partner support depending on your circumstances, so …

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Changes to the Federal Divorce Act

Amendments to the federal Divorce Act came into force on March 1, 2021. The amendments are designed to address family violence, promote the best interests of children, and make the family justice system more efficient.

Below we’ve highlighted the newest provisions pertaining to the Divorce Act.

Family Violence

The Act defines family violence as any conduct that is violent, threatening, …

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What are the child support obligations of Stepparents? We break it down for you.

We’ve already determined in a previous post that child support refers to when parents are legally obligated to financially support their children and is governed by the Federal Child Support Guidelines. According to Alberta’s Family Law Act, the obligation that every parent must pay child support extends to those who are considered in loco parentis or “standing in the place …

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All you need to know about Alberta Corporate Income Tax Rates

On June 29, 2020, the Alberta Government introduced Alberta’s Recovery Plan which reduced the general corporate income tax rate to 8%, effective July 1, 2020.  This follows previously scheduled reductions in Alberta’s corporate income tax rates which have reduced the corporate rate from 12%.  As a result, the combined Federal-Alberta general corporate tax rate is 23%.  Alberta now has the …

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What the difference is between obligated to pay child support under a Court Order vs actually paying child support

Being obligated to pay child support under a Court Order and actually paying child support are two very different matters.

Unfortunately, a parent obligated to pay child support under a Court Order might not always pay that child support. When this happens, a recipient parent can make use of the Maintenance Enforcement Program (MEP) to enforce the Order and receive …

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How to Choose the Best Real Estate Lawyer For You

Whether you’ve purchased your first home or your seventh, you still have a lot to deal with when you opt to buy OR sell a property. Whatever your situation, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns like when to talk to a real estate lawyer, understanding what you need to complete the process and always the favourite, what …

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What is Child Support + How is it Calculated in Alberta?

Child Support is when parents have a legal responsibility to support their children financially and is intended to cover the children’s basic necessities from shelter, food, and clothing to academic expenses, medical costs, etc. They have this duty even when they separate or divorce. A “Child” usually refers to someone who is under the age of 18. However, a child …

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Incorporating a Business/Starting a Business

If you are contemplating incorporating or starting a business in Grande Prairie or anywhere else in Alberta, you are in good hands with Hayes Fry Law. Our corporate lawyers are eager to meet with you and determine the best type of business structure to operate your business under. There are several ways to structure a business, which include corporations, partnerships, …

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Am I in a Common Law Relationship?

Common-law relationships are those that don’t involve any sort of formal marriage ceremony. They are established once you and your partner have been living together (also referred to as cohabiting) for a length of time. The law has recently changed in Alberta and now we treat the division of common law property the same as we treat the property of …

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