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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.

Dos and don'ts of dividing digital property in a divorce

Dividing property can be the most complex and contentious part of a divorce. Not only is there money and property on the line, but the resulting agreement can have a tremendous impact on a person's financial stability after a divorce.

Further, there are various types of property that are difficult to divide. Digital property, for instance, can create conflict and confusion during a divorce because it is intangible and people often overlook it. Below are some suggestions for what to do and what not to do if you have digital property to divide.

Co-parenting and conflict: Tips for keeping the peace

Parents who divorce or separate continue to interact with each other as they raise their children. These interactions can be quite frequent when a child spends equal or near-equal time with each parent, which is becoming more common as parents and courts increasingly recognize the myriad ways that co-parenting can positively affect a child.

That said, parents can struggle to adjust to this type of arrangement. They may feel sad about dividing time with their child. They may also have negative feelings about each other, which can increase instances of conflict. However, there are ways to make it easier to parent separately but together.

Parties to consider consulting during a complex divorce

When two people divorce or separate, they are ultimately the ones who will be most affected by the legal settlements they reach. That said, there are other parties who may participate in the process to help each side pursue the desired outcome. 

This is especially true when it comes to financial and property matters. 

Can we change our child support or custody orders?

Securing a child custody or child support order can provide critical protection and guidance for parents who are no longer together. However, these orders may only be helpful as long as everyone's circumstances remain the same.

In cases where the parental capabilities change or a child's needs change, it may be necessary to change these orders. 

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

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