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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Close to 40 percent of all marriages in Canada end before death doeth part the spouses. While each divorce is unique, many divorces are similar in nature. Farmers, however, often have special circumstances due to the nature of their livelihoods. As such, a divorce in an Alberta farming family may require special skills to properly execute.
The financial impact of ending a marriage cannot be overstated. While no professional advisor would recommend staying in a bad marriage for the sake of money, anyone about to go through a divorce in Alberta should be aware of the monetary hit that may be coming. For proof, one only need look at the numbers released by a Canadian insolvency trustee.
Similar to a business, a marriage will accumulate assets as time passes. When a business goes under, its assets are distributed, or sold. The same applies to a marriage during a divorce. The husband and wife divide the marital assets as part of the divorce process. However, some people may not be 100 percent clear on what a marital asset is in Alberta.