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Tinder Surprises - Support Obligations and Parenting Rights

I recently received some articles about how casual dating apps, like Tinder, have apparently led to a boom in unplanned pregnancies, often where the people dating are not yet in a serious relationship. So, legally speaking, what happens if a casual relationship leads to pregnancy?

Do Children get a Voice in Family Proceedings?

In making an agreement or order for care and time of children the parties and the court must consider the best interests of the child only. Under the Family Law Act, Division 1, Section 37(2), there is a specific list of factors to consider in determining the best interests of children. At subsection b on that list it states that the child's views should be considered unless it would be inappropriate to consider them. Therefore, if it is determined that it is appropriate to consider the views of the child then the court may appoint someone to assess the views of a child in relation to a family law dispute. That person must be a family justice counselor, social worker or another person approved by the court and must be independent of the parties. However, practically speaking how does this happen? There are different ways in which this evidence can be obtained. The most commonly used are the Views of the Child Report and the Voice of the Child Report. What's the difference?

Reducing Your Child Support Obligations Upon Loss of Employment in Alberta

Reducing Your Child Support Obligations Upon Loss of Employment in Alberta

Jobs can be difficult to maintain in this fickle economic climate in Alberta. If you have been laid off or fired and have ongoing child support obligations, then it may be possible to have the Court reduce your monthly payments.

The Ins and Outs of Credit Card Debt

Guest Post - Gareth Slocombe, CIRP, CPA-CA, Trustee

With household debt said to be at record levels in Canada, financial stress frequently accompanies separation and divorce. In the interest of providing you with some timely information on debt and options for taking control of your financial future, we are delighted to welcome the input of Gareth Slocombe, CIRP, CPA-CA, Trustee*. Gareth will be guest posting on topics related to financial security and debt resolution. The first topic up for discussion is the slippery slope of credit card debt.

Dos and Don'ts of Communication for Parents During Separation and Divorce

Sometimes when parties separate, it is amicable, and both parties are civil and even friendly with each other allowing for seamless decision-making. Other times, after a separation, the last thing that either party wants to do is see the other person, let alone speak to them. The lack of communication between separating parties is especially challenging when there are children involved.

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