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Date of marital separation important under Alberta family law

The date a couple formally separates plays a major part in the divorce process. Determining that date under family law in Alberta can be confusing and may lead to complications. Unlike proving the date of marriage, doing the same for separation can be complex since a couple may continue to live under the same roof even though they consider themselves separated.

Preteens and Divorce

Preteens are generally between the ages of 9 to 12 years old. In terms of behaviour, it’s common to see children in this age group doing more in activities in school, hanging out with friends more frequently, attending birthdays, playing sports, joining clubs, and participating in events.

Even court-ordered child support is not set in stone

The laws of Alberta and other provinces recognize the duty of parents to support and provide for their children. Whether you and the other parent were married or never even lived together, you are both responsible to provide the child with the financial support that allows the child to maintain a standard of living comparable to that he or she would enjoy if both parents were in the home.

Family law: The first things to do when divorce is on the horizon

Ending a serious relationship -- whether a marriage or a common law union -- is never easy. Family law in Alberta paves the way for people going through divorce to take care of themselves and their children. When a breakup is imminent, there are a few things people should consider doing right away, and the first is to take care of themselves since a breakup can be emotionally exhausting.

When family law and estate planning law cross paths

There are certain instances when two separate entities under the law converge. Such might be the case when it comes to family law and estate planning law in British Columbia. In some cases, business owners may put an estate freeze on their estates and depending upon how this is set up, this could affect family law in the province. Estate freezes usually make it possible to exchange shares in a business that could appreciate in value with those that are fixed.

Parenting Plans: Living Arrangements and Afterschool Schedules.

As listed on the Government of Canada website, parenting plans “outline how parents will raise their children after separation or divorce”. While custody and access are also settled during divorce and separation proceedings, parenting plans are slightly different. They focus on how parents will communicate with each other and share specific responsibilities regarding their children.

Family law: Understanding issues around spousal support

Spousal support can be one of the most contentious issues when it comes to a couple separating or divorcing. British Columbia family law helps residents to figure out support payment amounts, who should be paying whom, when support should be paid and other issues associated with spousal support such as time limits to apply. The province has spousal support advisory guidelines to help residents figure out payment amounts and outlines the issues that could affect those payments.

Family law: Giving kids a voice in parenting coordination

When separated or divorced parents are having trouble with parenting plans that are in place, they have some recourse in the form of parenting coordination. Under family law, Alberta parents can utilize parenting coordinators to help them problem solve any issues they are having with parenting plans. Parenting coordination -- which is a part of alternative dispute resolution in the province -- uses various techniques to help parents and those can include education, mediation and negotiation.

Responding when your ex applies for an ISO

When you are involved in a relationship, you willingly entangle your life with someone else's. The longer you are together, the more complicated your bond becomes. In addition to emotional attachments, you may have shared assets, pets or even children. One of you may have made generous sacrifices for the other's wellbeing, such as giving up a career or paying the partner's educational debts.

Will my social media account affect my divorce?

It’s possible your social media posts could impact your divorce proceedings. Specifically, social media can weigh heavily into discussions about finances, support payments and parenting abilities. Individuals should be cautious about what they post while their settlements are still being negotiated. You may not realize how much information a single image or 140-character message can hold.

Understanding guardianship in British Columbia

Family law matters often have unique terminology that can change as family advocates strive to use language that most accurately describes the circumstances. Understanding these terms is important, especially if you have children and your family situation is in flux. For example, British Columbia laws are moving away from using the word "custody" to describe the relationship between a parent and child following a divorce or separation. Instead, the law describes this as guardianship.

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