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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Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI) is reviewing the Dower Act and seeking feedback on whether it should be reformed or repealed.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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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: 

FPA or MPA?

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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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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The benefits of having a prenuptial agreement

This may be a sensitive and cliché topic, but it’s a topic most people don’t even dream of having, but they should. Especially if you enter into a relationship or marriage with your own assets you want to protect. In the words of Kanye West, “we want prenup!”

What is a Prenuptial Agreement?

A prenuptial agreement, or “prenup” for short, …

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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

If …

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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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