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June 2017 Archives

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.

Alberta family law does not provide automatic grandparents rights

Are you a grandparent who is denied the privilege of having a relationship with your grandchildren? Sadly, many grandparents in Alberta face this situation. Your son or daughter may be divorced, with limited custody, and the other parent may prevent you from having contact with your grandchildren. More tragic and extreme cases sometimes involve alcohol or drug abuse and dependency, neglect, domestic violence or criminality -- in which case child protection authorities may be involved, and you might be able to seek guardianship in a family law court.

New study suggests a bad divorce can cause poor health in kids

Most parents will do just about anything within their power to protect their children. Even if the marriage to the other parent ends, the resolve to protect the kids remains. The phrase, "in the best interests of the child" comes up repeatedly during a divorce in Alberta. While much of the focus is on the mental and emotional welfare of the kids, a new study indicates that a child's physical health may also be at risk in ways few would ever imagine.

More couples are choosing an amicable divorce over litigation

Nothing sums up the decade so far quite like the selfie phenomenon. Social media bursts at the digital seams with cellphone self-portraits of people on vacation, at work, at home or anywhere the urge to share strikes them. Recently, the "divorce selfie" has emerged as a strange new take on the phenomenon. Though it may seem incomprehensible to some Alberta men and women heading toward divorce, it may not be so strange after all.