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Post-separation income increases could affect support

Separating couples often must untangle aspects of a shared life in a way similar to divorce, and this can be stressful and frightening. This is particularly true for a party who was financially dependent on their partner during the relationship.

Under these circumstances, spousal support can be an option. However, this can be a legally complex and confusing matter. For instance, did you know that any post-separation increase in a paying party's income may be shared with the recipient?

Is it possible to change or cancel spousal support payments?

Whether you pay or receive spousal support after a divorce, you want to feel like the order is fair and accurately reflects your financial needs and capabilities. Often, it takes considerable effort either through the courts or through negotiation to get to this type of agreement. Once you have an order in place, though, there can be a sense of relief.

However, this feeling may dissipate as time goes on. People change; circumstances change; needs change. And these changes can influence how people feel about their spousal support orders. Under these circumstances, it can be helpful to know if orders may be altered.

Fighting the urge to fight dirty during divorce

Ending a marriage is an emotional process. In some cases, these emotions involve anger, bitterness and resentment. If this is the case in your divorce, it might seem like fighting and mudslinging is all but inevitable.

However, there are a few reasons why it can be critical to fight the urge to turn every discussion into a battle. 

Does my child's preference affect custody and other legal issues?

For every parent going through a difficult family legal experience, be it divorce or child custody dispute, there is a child going through the same experience. And depending on his or her age and understanding of the situation, a child may have opinions on what parents should do to resolve a particular issue.

The extent to which a child's preference might affect legal issues varies, though. 

Alberta couples: 3 things to know about cohabitation agreements

If you are in a committed relationship, you may not have the desire or resources to take the jump from committed to married. This doesn't mean you must leave yourself vulnerable to complications and uncertainty in the event of a breakup.

Cohabitating couples in Alberta have the option of creating a cohabitation agreement that can provide valuable guidance and protection in the event that the relationship ends. If you are considering this option, there are a few critical details you should know.

What factors affect calculation of child support?

There are many ways parents support their children after a divorce. Some parents focus on spending quality time with their children; others might take their kids on trips or buy them nice gifts; still others may help a child find healthy activities or counselling services to support mental well-being.

While all of these can be important, one form of support is actually enforced by courts: paying child support. If you are a parent going through a divorce, you should know how you (or the courts) calculate child support.

Understand your legal options. Make informed decisions. Contact the family law lawyers of Henderson Heinrichs LLP

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