Can I start by saying “it’s complicated”? Many people call our office with a “quick question” or tell us that their situation is “very simple”. While we can keep it simple by effectively managing the conflict and the expectations between separating spouses, very rarely is it “simple”. This blog will give an overview of the divorce process from start to finish, in Canada. Can you … [Read more...] about Can you give a General Overview of the Divorce Process
Our focus today will be on learning more about the Workbooks that we use as part of our legal and mediation services, which have recently expanded to 3 different Workbook options. The Workbooks described In December 2020 I introduced the first Workbook that I use with separating and divorcing clients called Our Family In Two Homes – which is for parents who are separating or divorcing while … [Read more...] about Our Workbooks Have Expanded! Here’s the Low-Down
In this blog we will reveal our Top 6 Questions that get asked by separating and divorcing clients. Question 1: I’m separating, what type of professional should I hire, and when should I hire them? The first thing I want to address is the cause and effect nature of this question – for many people, they recognize that they’re separating, and they automatically assume they need to hire a … [Read more...] about Top 6 Questions Asked by Separating & Divorcing Clients
In today’s blog we will be digging deeper into spousal support, specifically where one spouse retires. Why does retirement matter where spousal support is being paid? Very briefly, spousal support can be changed in one of 2 ways – either by doing a “review” of support, or a “variation” of support. In the context of retirement, spousal support could be “reviewed” if the court order … [Read more...] about Impact of Retirement on Spousal Support
This article is a continuation from our article on spousal support basics which can be found here. Once spousal support is in place, how does it change as time passes? Once spousal support is documented by spouses, by court order or agreement, it will continue until some new condition arises. This article will cover 4 of the ways that spousal support can change: A specified hurdle … [Read more...] about Making Changes to Spousal Support
Spousal support is money that’s payable from one spouse to another when there’s a breakdown of a relationship. The federal Divorce Act as well as the provincial counterparts contain provisions that set out the objectives of spousal support, and the factors to consider when determining whether spousal support is appropriate. How do you determine if spousal support is payable? There’s … [Read more...] about Spousal Support: The Basics
All separated parents somehow will need to figure out a way to parent their children. The ultimate question will be how close or distant will that parenting be. The level of detail in a parenting plans usually run along a continuum where as a divorce professional I can help parents to adjust based on their level of conflict. Where parents have a lot of conflict, how can they work … [Read more...] about What’s a Parallel Parenting Plan, and How is it Different from a Co-Parenting Plan?
Allow me to remind you at the outset that this topic is covered by both federal and provincial laws. The federal Divorce Act is for those families who are married and seeking a divorce. The provincial legislation in either Alberta or Saskatchewan that applies to unmarried parents or to married parents who aren’t looking to get a divorce. This blog will cover how it works in each of … [Read more...] about Child Support for Children Pursuing Post-Secondary Education