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Family law: Family is family even when parents get divorced

It's true that divorce does change the family dynamic, but it doesn't have to mean the end of a family unit. When Alberta parents are on the same page when it comes to doing what is best for their children as dictated by family law, then the pain of divorce may be lessened for everyone. Parental conflict can affect children negatively, so it's imperative divorcing parents keep their issues private.

Family law: Is an amicable divorce really possible?

Divorce doesn't have to be an all-out war. With the family law tools available in British Columbia, divorce can actually be quite amicable. The less stress a divorce creates on the family unit, the better -- especially when children are involved. With tools like mediation and collaborative divorce available to divorcing couples, the whole process can involve compassion and understanding.

Family law: Psychologist apologizes for unfair opinion

A psychologist has agreed that the report she gave in court regarding a visitation issue was one-sided. The psychologist, who is based on the west coast, was involved in a family law case in which a boy who also lives on the west coast with his mother, was set to visit his father in Alberta. The psychologist told a family court judge that the boy might hurt himself if he had to make that visit, but the psychologist admitted never talking with the boy's father. 

Family law: Some vaccination debates end up in court

The decision to immunize or not to immunize children is creating issues in the judicial system. Family law in British Columbia always has the best interests of children in mind and recently, a B.C. judge ruled that two children should be immunized as per the provincial immunization schedule -- much to the disapproval of their mother. The judge also ruled that the children's father should make decisions on the children's behalf regarding medical and dental procedures.

Family law: Do therapists ever suggest divorce?

Many couples who are having marital difficulties try therapy to sort out their issues. There are some tools under family law in Alberta that may help them, but when they have pretty much tried everything including therapy and nothing seems to be working, do therapists ever recommend divorce to end the suffering? Most therapists say they steer clear of giving advice of any kind and let the couple make their own decisions. 

You don't have to end your marriage in a court battle

One of the reasons you may be hesitating to follow through with your plan to file for divorce is because you do not want to find yourself battling it out with your future former spouse in an Alberta courtroom. Few people would blame you for wanting to end your marriage in a less adversarial fashion. Fortunately, you can.

Parenting plans a challenging part of family law

British Columbia parents may give little thought to how they manage the many tasks that come with parenting. They may even make last minute decisions for schedule changes during frantic mornings or through texts during the day. Parents who are separated, however, do not always have the luxury of being spontaneous with their plans. In fact, one of the most challenging elements of family law is devising a parenting plan that is both predictable and flexible.

Family law: Financial duties of unmarried parents to their kids

Having children, in most cases, is a life-long commitment. In any case, it is a financial commitment until they turn 18 years of age, even when the parents of the children were never married. In Alberta, family law stipulates that parents have the legal obligation to support their children and that includes financially. A parent has a financial duty to his or her child even if that parent doesn't play a role in raising the child or didn't wish to have a child at all.

Family law: When a minor child causes property damage

There are many variables to take into consideration when parents' children cause damage to someone's property. Many rules concerning children in British Columbia are governed by family law, yet they can also be enmeshed with other laws in the province including the Young Offenders Act and the Youth Justice Act. A parent or legal guardian, by law, must supervise a minor child and if that child causes damages, the consequences could be rigid.

Family law: Child support payors find MEP system difficult

Families are having a tough go of it in economically stressful times. Although there are measures in place under family law in Alberta to help, more people are facing additional stress due to job losses which can affect couples and ultimately lead to divorce. As such, many payors of child support are also falling behind on their payments. Alberta has the Maintenance Enforcement Program (MEP) in place to collect payments and has the authority to place restrictions on a payor financially.

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