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May 2017 Archives

Separation agreements 101: What to know before you begin

Before two people can get a divorce in Alberta, they must first separate for a minimum of one year. While there is no legal requirement to do anything beyond agree on a date of separation, many people find it useful to create separation agreements. By making certain arrangements in advance, there should be less chance of disagreements down the road.

During a divorce, selling the family home may be a necessary pain

When a marriage ends in Alberta, everything changes for the former couple. One of the biggest changes that happens because of a divorce involves the marital home. While in some cases one spouse hangs on to the home, quite often the former couple either chooses, or is forced, to sell. It's not an easy decision, but there are those who can help.

Even in extreme cases, spousal support may not be blocked

For many men and women, a divorce is an emotional time. Although emotions may run high during the process, it is important to remember that spousal support rulings and other applications of divorce law are not based on feelings, positive or negative. Though the laws of Alberta can be subject to interpretation, they are applied based on facts and evidence. Unfortunately, this can lead to situations that may feel unfair to some.

Can the courts change a maintenance order after a divorce?

A good parent should want to support his or her child to the best of his or her ability. Even after a divorce, each parent is encouraged to play a role in the upbringing of the children. This may include spending time together, helping to make important decisions for the child and paying maintenance to the custodial parent. However, a parent should not be expected to pay more money than is necessary, or be put in a financially untenable position because of maintenance payments. For that reason, it may be possible to change a court order for maintenance in Alberta.

Alberta court backlog means family law disputes have to wait

There are numerous reasons why people might choose to go to court after a divorce or separation. Sometimes situations can change and one party feels it's time to amend an agreement. Perhaps what once seemed like a workable arrangement is no longer meeting the needs of one or both parties. Whatever the case may be, many men and women opt to bring their family law disputes to the courts of Alberta. In fact, so many people have opted for the courts that a logjam of cases has built up.