Amid this COVID-19 world pandemic, separated and divorced parents are still coping with trying their best to co-parent. I would be interested to know – has this pandemic crated more cooperation between you as parents or escalated matters? Be Flexible We have kids who are needing to self-isolate in one parent’s home for any given reason, and that is impacting the other parent’s time. How … [Read more...] about Divorced Co-Parenting During COVID-19
There is lots of media attention on January being “International Divorce Month” and January 8th being “International Divorce Day”, but I prefer to bring to light a different term if we are to say that January is a popular month for initiating divorce proceedings – it’s called “International Child-Centred Divorce Month” and it focuses on the importance of focusing on what every parent feels is the … [Read more...] about January is “International Child-Centred Divorce Month”
People often ask why they need to come in for an initial consultation. They just have a question that will take “30 seconds” of my time to answer. I often hear frustration on the other end of the phone when they are advised that they need to come in for a consultation to have the answer. Well, it’s important that you understand the purpose of a consultation… as I see it. #1 – … [Read more...] about The importance of an initial consultation
There’s a new Act coming into force on January 1, 2020 – the Family Property Act – replacing the current Matrimonial Property Act. The biggest change is that this legislation now gives unmarried separating couples in Alberta the right to automatically divide their assets and debts. This is huge – until now, these separated couples had to prove that there should be a division of assets … [Read more...] about Changes are Coming for Unmarried Separating Couples in Alberta – Jan 1, 2020
Yes, if you are part of the 95% of the divorcing population, you will have a one-year mandatory waiting period before you can get from being separated to being divorced. If you have had a breakdown in the marriage, in your court documents you have to state your reason for the divorce. You have 3 choices: Separated for one yearAdulteryMental or physical cruelty In 95% of the … [Read more...] about I’m married, but separated from my spouse. Can I get a divorce right away or is there a waiting period?
In a nutshell… yes. If you want to rely on the one-year separation period to get a divorce, you must be living “separate and apart” for that length of time. To prove this separation, you must overcome two hurdles: physical separation and the intention to bring the marriage to an end. If you are living under the same roof, but are living independent lives, you may already be … [Read more...] about If my spouse and I still live under the same roof, can we be considered to be “separated”?
Technically… no, you don’t need a separation agreement in order to get divorced. You can set out your agreements in your divorce application, but it can get extremely complicated to do so if you don’t have all the details worked out. In an agreement, usually the items set out include some or all of: a parenting plan, child support, spousal support, and division of property. A … [Read more...] about Do I need a separation agreement before I can get divorced?
It is going to be difficult to tell your kids that their parents are divorcing. How you tell them, and how you help them deal with their emotions in the aftermath of breaking the news is very important to consider. Here are some tips on breaking the news: Show that you are unified – if you can keep the conflict at bay, sit down together with your kids to tell them about the news as a … [Read more...] about How Do I Break the News To My Kids About Our Divorce?