When you’re separated, sometimes communicating with your ex can be difficult and can lead to conflict (intended or not). When I help clients develop a communication plan, it usually includes recommending that they use an app to communicate. There are tons of them out there, but my favourite is Our Family Wizard. At it’s core are the shared calendaring and the messaging … [Read more...] about Improve Your Communication With Your Co-Parent – Our Family Wizard App
Family Law and Divorce
The process to apply for legal aid is slightly different in Saskatchewan and in Alberta. Financial Eligibility: In both provinces, you must contact the regional legal aid office to apply for assistance from a legal aid lawyer. Each province will screen its applicants for financial eligibility. In Alberta, you will be screened based on your income. In Saskatchewan, you will be … [Read more...] about How do I apply for Legal Aid?
You may have the choice, but there are some parameters to be followed. The Divorce Act states that you may file divorce documents with the court in that particular province as long as one of the spouses has been resident in that province for at least a year. For example, if you have been resident in Saskatchewan for six months, but your spouse has been resident in Alberta for two years, … [Read more...] about If I live in Lloydminster, do I have the choice of provinces in which I may file divorce court documents?
The hottest topic in family law these days is the issue of retroactive child support – also called “back pay”. When a parent is required to pay child support, that parent has a duty to tell the other parent when his or her income changes. As you may have experienced, this doesn’t always happen. The Supreme Court of Canada has recently validated what has long been the practice in … [Read more...] about “Retroactive Support” – Will you be a victim?
In many cases, divorces are financially devastating. This is particularly true for farm families – many litigated outcomes can cause farmers’ operations to be irreparably crippled. The Collaborative Process can help farmers weather the storm of divorce better. In the Collaborative Process, the separating spouses and their lawyers engage in 4-way meetings to find creative options for … [Read more...] about Farmers Find a New Approach to Divorce
Is this news to you? I just read about a survey conducted by BMO in August 2011 of Canadians going thru divorce suggesting that financial security over the short- and long-term are of primary concern when deciding whether to split from their spouse. The top 3 concerns were: the family home (53%), pensions (17%) and investments (13%). When I see these numbers, I am not surprised in the … [Read more...] about News Flash: Finances are a Top Concern for Divorcing Couples
How do you know if you’re paying or receiving the proper amount of child support? Regardless of whether you have a court order or you are a party to a written or oral agreement for child support, child support payments may be subject to variation if circumstances of either the paying or receiving parent changes? You should be sure that you have been and are still paying or receiving at … [Read more...] about What amount of child support should I be paying or receiving?
Yes… Yes… Yes. I have clients come in to see me about this on a regular basis. Some clients think that they can dangle parenting time in front of the other parent as a tool to ensure that support is paid, and paid on time. Legally speaking, the two concepts – support and parenting time – are separate issues. The amount of child support one parent must pay to the other is based on … [Read more...] about My kids’ dad hasn’t paid support in over 6 months – do I still have to let him see the kids?