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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How divorce may affect retirement plans

The breakdown of a marriage is often an incredibly disruptive event in a person's life. Decades of financial planning can be put in jeopardy with a divorce, and things like retirement or investments may need to be re-evaluated. This can be challenging for individuals who have been counting on a certain future. Those individuals facing these issues in Alberta may need to reconsider their plans and financial setup when filing for divorce.

Major stresses like divorce can age your brain by 4 years

Divorce is considered among the most stressful things a person can go through. Stress researchers have noted that divorce, along with other difficult life events, can have ongoing affects on a person's mental health. While divorce is often a necessary step for Alberta couples, many individuals are susceptible to negative side effects from the stresses brought about by divorce. Recent studies have shown that major stressful life events can age the human brain by four years.

Coping strategies for children with parents undergoing divorce

Ending a marriage poses challenges to every member of the family, not just the couple breaking up. For children across Alberta and the rest of the country, coping with the divorce of parents can be overwhelming and emotional. Here are a few things children can do to take care of themselves during this major life change.

How to prioritize investments in post-divorce finances

Financial issues are almost always part of any conversation surrounding divorce. People often find themselves burdened with more bills and less available income following the end of a marriage. While this is manageable for some high-income homeowners, most people in Alberta have mortgages, retirement savings, business investments, and other debt to consider. Following divorce, a reassessment of financial priorities may be a good idea for those whose cash flow and expenses have changed.

High conflict divorce may not be avoidable

It is probably no surprise to Alberta residents that divorce is among the most stressful events a person can endure. Even if the split is amicable and one's spouse is a reasonable person, the tension of breaking up and starting over can be overwhelming. To divorce on positive terms, through mediation or collaborative law, often allows a couple to recover more quickly and move forward with their new lives. However, psychologists say this may not be possible if one is married to a person with a high-conflict personality.