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Alberta family law: The costs of a contentious divorce

Ironically, the more a couple agrees on the particulars of divorce, the smoother and less costly the process is likely to be. So, it's important to be on the same page about major issues to avoid ending up in front of a family court judge. Family law rules govern divorce in Alberta and the process can be costly, although how much it will actually cost varies from couple to couple.

Family law: Father reunited with child after abduction situation

A father was in tears after his 4-year-old son was returned to the country by his mother and the man's former wife. The woman was accused of abducting the boy after failing to return him to his father, who lives in Alberta. There are rules under the family law umbrella that speak to such situations regarding child custody matters, whether they happen here or abroad.

Family law: Helping autistic children through the divorce process

Divorce can be especially difficult on children. Under British Columbia family law, the best interests of children are always at the forefront. Children with special needs -- like those with autism -- may need more help to cope with their parents' divorce. Finding a mental health professional who has experience with children and autism may be helpful to the child, his or her parents and other family members.

Family law: Self-representation could be harder on the pocketbook

For those who think they want to go it alone in court when it comes to issues pertaining to family, they might want to rethink their stance. Family law litigation cases in Alberta can be extremely complex and individuals who are bent on self-representation, believing it can save them money, may be sorely misguided. Statistics show that representing oneself in family court can actually cost more than having experienced legal counsel.

Family law: Stepparenting children in British Columbia

Stepparents may have a number of issues that comes with parenting children that are not biologically their own. Stepparents have been given a negative stereotype in the past, but most wish to become positive role models for their stepchildren and British Columbia family law gives them the tools with which to do so. It is incumbent upon a parent and a stepparent to always do what is in the best interests of a child -- even when a stepparent separates from or divorces the biological parent of a child.

Family law: Parental gifts may affect spousal support payments

Parents sometimes like to give their adult children monetary gifts to help them along. But parents in Alberta should know that under family law rules, that money might, in fact, boost a child's spousal payments if he or she is the one making those payments to a former spouse from whom he or she is divorced. Courts look at many variables which could affect spousal and/or child support and financial gifts may be one of those markers.

Family law: How a business can be on the hook for spousal payment

When a couple divorces, both individuals have a lot to think about. Under family law rules in British Columbia, one spouse usually pays the support to the other based on individual circumstances, but when the payor is also a business owner, he or she has some added considerations. If the company is incorporated, it is generally protected from shareholders' personal responsibilities; however, that is not always the case, especially when the soon-to-be divorced couple are the only shareholders.

Family law: Raising healthy children after divorce

Raising happy, healthy and well-adjusted children is one of the most important jobs a parent has. Family law tools in Alberta can help parents do that, even when parents are separated or divorced. Children adjust to changes in their own ways, but it is helpful when parents are able to help their kids to positively process those changes. 

Family law: Millions at stake in British Columbia divorce battle

A spur-of-the-moment marriage that took place in one of the world's most famous gambling capitals is not only on the rocks, but the couple – who married in 2016 – is also embroiled in a nasty court battle. The British Columbia couple's family law case has not only been heard in family court, but has also come before three B.C. Supreme Court judges who will rule on the man's attempt to undo his former wife's lower court victory.

Family law: The link between divorce and health

A marital breakdown can be difficult in the best of circumstances and many people facing divorce may be impacted by this life-altering happening in a number of ways. Thankfully, British Columbia residents have family law tools at their disposal to help them through what may be one of the most trying times in their lives. A new study has found that those going through a divorce may be impacted healthwise.

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