Same Sex Divorce

Same-Sex Divorce for Non-Residents of Canada

The Civil Marriage Act of 2005 changed Canadian law to allow same-sex partners equal access to marriage for civil purposes on the basis that every individual has the right to equality without discrimination. Since 2005, thousands of same-sex couples have accessed the rights afforded them under the Civil Marriage Act …

Retroactive Child Support: Payor Beware!

In 1996, the Federal Government introduced the Federal Child Support Guidelines (the “Guidelines”). The purpose of the Guidelines was to promote consistency and fairness in child support payments. The Guidelines provide for two classes of payment. First is “Section 3” child support, which is based on the payor’s income as …

Same Sex Divorce

Same-sex divorce bill for non-residents of Canada to pass

Alberta residents may remember that in June 2013, the House of Commons agreed to pass a bill before the summer recess that would enable same-sex married couples who were wed in Canada but currently live out of the country to receive divorces from Canadian courts. If it receives royal assent …

Unify Courts

Alberta’s two top trial court judges look to unify family courts

Court heads deny comments made by premier that there is a “war” between the courts The heads of Alberta’s provincial court and the Court of King’s Bench have denied comments recently made by Premier Dave Hancock that a “war” between the courts is an obstacle to creating a unified family …

Support Calculator

Child Support & Spousal Support “Calculators”

A determination of entitlement to child and/or spousal support logically leads to an analysis of the appropriate amount. With increasing demand, the general public is seeking immediately available and reliable resources for “child support calculators” and “spousal support calculators”. CHILD SUPPORT “CALCULATORS” The Federal Child Support Guideline tables make the calculation of …

Parental Conflict

Parental Conflict – Options For Resolution

Parental conflict can be one of the most emotional facets of family law. As difficult as it may be, parties in a conflict over custody and parenting should aim to resolve their dispute outside of the courtroom where the process of resolution and its result remains in their hands. Parents …