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How Alberta family law views common-law unions

One of the benefits of living in a federation is the freedom accorded to each province and territory, even so far as adjudication. Family law falls under federal jurisdiction and distinguishes between the dissolution of a formal marriage and that of a common-law relationship. Alberta is among those provinces which abides by this distinction, particularly when it comes to property division.

Man owing child support arrested for violation of family law

There are many ways people may attempt to evade child support or spousal support obligations. These family law violations can have serious consequences for both the violating payer and the dependants involved. Recently, one man made news in Calgary, Alberta when he was arrested after fleeing from a $560,000 child support bill.

Under family law, child support applies even if mom commits fraud

While most child support and custody conflicts occur after a child is born, occasionally these issues arise as soon as a pregnancy is announced. This is certainly true for men who are expecting fatherhood after former partners dishonestly assured them they were taking birth control. Expectant fathers as well as the women carrying their children may have questions about how Alberta family law distinguishes cases like this when ruling on child support issues.

Obscure Latin terms and what they may mean in Alberta family law

It can be intimidating for anyone to plow through texts sprinkled with terms and phrases in a foreign language, whether on a restaurant menu or in a legal document. Botany, medicine and the law all feature Latin--a language once considered universal, now known as a dead language. For an Alberta client considering divorce, a family law lawyer conversant with such archaic but crucial terminology can dispel bewilderment.

Breach of promise, property division and Alberta family law

The tradition of publicly declaring a commitment to formally marry by giving an engagement ring began some time in the 1400s. Evolving from rings made of posies or carved out of wood, the diamond eventually became the signature of this classic emblem of betrothal. Since the original meaning of "betrothed" is to give one's pledge, Alberta still considers a broken engagement as a breach of promise, a common law concept underpinning family law and which may be adjudicated under the laws governing property or damages.

Family law may order wealthier spouse to pay legal expenses

Divorce can be a challenging legal process, especially if one spouse has significantly more resources than the other. Alberta divorcees may be concerned about obtaining the same level of legal counsel as their wealthier exes. Under Canadian family law, the spouse with more money can be asked to pay the legal expenses for the spouse in need to ensure a fairer trial. This is referred to as interim disbursements.

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.

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.

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.

Defining a father under family law

It is said that any man can be a father, but not every father can be a dad. On the flip side of that coin, not every dad is actually a father. The distinction between a biological parent and a nurturing caregiver, and corresponding obligations the roles encompass, may be less clear cut under family law than one might think. For evidence, one need only look at a case recently ruled on in Alberta's western neighbour.

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