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Religious Influences On Children After A Divorce Or Separation

When a marriage or relationship ends, it can be difficult to determine the roles each parent will play in their children’s lives. Will one parent make decisions? Will the other parent be consulted? Will both parents share the responsibility of making decisions together?

With no answers to these questions, parenting can be frustrating for both the child and each parent. To reduce the likelihood of conflict and toxicity, its important to have a plan in place to discuss how decisions will be made moving forward, such as religious beliefs.

Six Tips For Separated Couples For The Holiday Season

The holiday season can be a difficult time for couples who are separating or have finalized their separation. This is especially true for couples with children, as they will likely be facing their first holiday split between two households. Easing a child's disappointment during the holiday season is challenging but can be done. Here are some suggestions for making the holidays as merry as possible.

Have A Holiday Plan In Place. Nothing brings the impact of separation home to children and parents more harshly than celebrating the holidays apart. Parents should consider hosting the holiday celebrations in alternate years to make conflict less likely, as the child will know every other year they will spend the holiday season with one of their parents.

Dividing Canadian Pension Plans After A Divorce

Canadian Pension Plan contributions may be equally divided between spouses who have decided to divorce or separate. Both spouses did not need to contribute to the program -if only one spouse made payments, the other party may still claim a share.

However, there are certain exemptions that can be applied when dividing a Canadian Pension Plan between spouses.

Bill 28 Will Change Property Division And Child Support Rules

Common-law couples in Alberta will soon be treated in the same way as married couples after they separate. Revisions to the Matrimonial Property Act allowing them access to the same rights as divorcing couples will likely be passed by the Alberta Legislature.

Currently, property division rules for common-law couples are not the same as for married couples. Alberta does not have any law setting out rules for dividing property between common-law couples that separate. The proposed legislation would affect the one-in-ten Albertans - 300,000 people and growing - who live in common-law relationships.

Grey Divorces: Paying Spousal Support In Your Golden Years

There is a growing trend that indicates the boomer generation - those around 50-70 years old - are choosing to divorce their spouses as they get older. According to Statistics Canada, this demographic has shown the greatest increase in divorces over the last decade.

What does this mean for older individuals? It means that more pensions are being divided, and more individuals are paying spousal support well into their golden years.

What Income is used for Child and Spousal support purposes?

A look at dividends, capital gains, pretax corporate income and capital cost allowance.

What is Total Income?

Section 16 of the Federal Child Support Guidelines indicates the starting point for determining "Total Income" for the purposes of child and spousal support is line 150 of the T1 General. For your reference here is the relevant link:


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