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How are NHL seasons tickets divided in separation agreements?

Dividing assets during a divorce or separation can be challenging. While there is a great deal of case law regarding typical disputes related to separation agreements, some situations may be more unique than others. This was certainly the case for an Alberta couple who recently battled over NHL season tickets in family court.

The couple, who had two season tickets for the Edmonton team, were in a dispute over who should retain the tickets. The issue was time sensitive given the pending start of the season. The Alberta justice who ruled on the case divided the tickets evenly between the couple. This included any playoff games, if applicable.

What makes couples more likely to divorce?

Many people wonder if there is a way to foresee whether a marriage will end in divorce. These concerns are among the reasons why so many Alberta couples draft pre-nuptial agreements, attend premarital counselling and keep family lawyers available in case of a breakup. New research suggests that, among the environmental reasons for divorce, there may be a genetic reason that certain people struggle to maintain their marriages.

The research was commissioned after a stream of studies showed that children of divorce were more likely to have a divorce themselves. According to those studies, daughters of divorced parents are 60 percent more likely to separate from their own spouses. Sons have a 35 percent higher rate.

Will my court documents from my divorce be public domain?

There has been recent controversy regarding public access to the legal documents from the divorce of the incoming Governor-General. These news stories have made many Canadians wonder about the privacy of their own court documents from family law proceedings. Those going through a divorce in Alberta should know how provincial law treats public access to court files.

While many people consider divorce to be a private affair, the courts in all provinces except Quebec keep documents pertaining to civil and family cases open to the public. This means that everything presented as evidence in an Alberta divorce is available to the public. This is done to keep judges accountable for their decisions, to educate society and to sometimes inform law reform.

How to plan for retirement after a divorce

There are many aspects of life that need to be adjusted once a marriage dissolves, especially when it comes to finances. Alberta individuals who are divorcing later in life may need to change their retirement plans as a result of a single income and limited finances. Careful analysis of the financial situation and a newly single person's lifestyle and expectations can help someone re-evaluate their retirement plans after a divorce.

The first thing financial experts suggest to newly single people is to look for ways to cut costs and rebuild a life that has less expenses. For example, older divorceesĀ can downsize or move to a less-expensive area outside of Alberta's pricier cities. Some may even choose to take on a roommate or family member to cut costs, even temporarily. Setting a budget and tracking expenses to understand where money is being spent and what cuts are possible is a good idea.

Joint child custody and support can help children, research says

Raising children can be difficult for any family, but challenges can increase when parents are not together. Many Alberta divorcees have conflicts over child custody and support. Research shows that shared parenting where both parents play a significant role can be positive for child development, even if the relationship between the parents is strained.

Mothers are awarded full physical custody in the majority of court-ordered custody cases. While sometimes these child custody and support decisions are made for safety or welfare reasons under Alberta family law, other times this arrangement is chosen in an attempt to keep the child away from conflict. Many people presume that children are better off with only one party during a tough divorce because joint custody could lead to loyalty conflicts and turmoil in a child's life. However, new research shows that being privy to disagreements between parents may be much less damaging to a child than missing out on a parental figure.

Angry emails and strange punctuation cause divorce court problems

Communication challenges are known to result in ruined relationships. While many people in Alberta have enjoyed to frequent check-ins and the constant connection new technology allows, typing mishaps can lead to serious issues once a relationship sours. Exes who are attempting to co-parent or work out details after a divorce should be aware of how their use of punctuation and capitalization could be received by the person reading an email or text message.

In fact, there is precedent for written subtext being presented against someone in court. In one Canadian case, emails between a couple were scrutinized by the courts. The court pointed out that one party's excessive use of exclamation marks, question marks and capitals showed that she may have had anger or mental instability issues.

Tips for successful co-parenting after divorce

Raising a child with two sets of parents can be a challenge. However, some Alberta families have been able to establish co-parenting plans that work for everyone involved. Although it isn't always easy to keep lines of communication open after a difficult divorce or a remarriage, following certain steps can help create stability for a child and peace for step-families.

One thing parents can do to establish successful co-parenting is to try manage their emotional reactions to things and avoid taking difficult changes personally. For example, a child establishing a connection with a step-parent may actually be a very positive thing for them. Despite initial reactions, it can be wise to avoid placing blame or responding out of jealousy and focus on what is best for the child.

How to enforce spousal support after an ex moves away

When a marriage dissolves, the movement of spouses to different cities, provinces, or even countries can make coordinating support a challenge. Many people in Alberta and across Canada struggle with issues around financial arrangements, especially when there is distance involved. Arranging for and enforcing spousal support can leave people with few options, but there are some steps that can be taken.

One of the biggest challenges with spousal support orders is that such orders are only enforceable in the jurisdiction where the payor lives. If the payor moves to another jurisdiction following a support order, the new jurisdiction can enforce payment at its discretion. Unfortunately, the old jurisdiction can do nothing in this case.

Grandparents with child custody on the rise according to census

Extended families have always been an important part of a child's life, but this may be true now more than ever. While conversations about child custody often centre on a mother and father's rights to children, grandparents are increasingly becoming primary caregivers for the next generation of kids in their families. The trend can be seen in communities across Alberta and the rest of Canada.

The 2016 census revealed the increase in grandparents raising children. Currently, 0.6 percent of all Canadian children, 32,505 in total, are living in households where they are being raised by grandparents. This number was significantly less in 2011 at 30,005.

New statistics show diverse families and family law needs

Statistics can reveal many things about a country and the people who live there. Statistics Canada has released new data about the makeup of families in Alberta and the rest of Canada. The findings show that households are becoming more diverse and that many kinds of family situations exist in the country. It is important to understand these trends in order to maintain a family law system which serves everyone.

The aging population has contributed to many of the trends seen in recent statistics. The percentage of Canadians living is higher than it has ever been in the country. In fact, people living alone is currently the most common type of household. Just over 28 percent of all households are single-person dwellings, up from 25.7 percent in 2001. In Alberta, one in four adults lives alone.