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August 2016 Archives

Research shows shifting statistics about divorce

It is widely understood that half of all marriages end in divorce, but a commonly-held American statistic may not translate north of the border. In fact, Alberta residents may be interested to know that Canadian divorce statistics vary considerably from those of their American neighbours. However, some trends do remain consistent, including the seasons most likely to be associated with the ends of marriages. 

Woman loses child custody extradition fight

A Canadian woman wanted in the United States for allegedly kidnapping her own children and bringing them north has lost an attempt to avoid extradition, according to international sources. Alberta residents may be familiar with the case of M.M., a woman from Quebec who stands accused of violating the child custody clause of her divorce. It appears the woman will be returned to the United States to stand trial. 

Handling a joint chequing account in a divorce

There are a number of financial considerations both spouses must consider in a separation, not the least of which is the question of joint banking accounts. Alberta residents are reminded that in a divorce situation, joint accounts can represent, at best, an issue to be raised during proceedings and, at worst, a liability to both parties. There are several ways to handle closing such accounts. 

Dispensation of work can influence divorce

An American study conducted by Harvard University has turned up interesting statistics about the likelihood of a couple's separation. Alberta residents may be interested to know that their findings suggest financial issues may not influence whether a couple chooses to divorce. However, the delineation of paid and unpaid work in and out of the home could have a more significant role.