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Divorce During Covid-19

This is a challenging and difficult time for all Albertans. When you are in the middle of a separation or divorce, this pandemic may feel even more frightening and uncertain. You may have lost your job and require a variation of child support; you may have been the victim of domestic violence while [...]

2020-03-26T09:48:11-06:00March 26th, 2020|

Change of Name – After Marriage or Divorce

Many people choose to change their name after they are married, however, confusion still arises as to the difference between assuming a married name versus making a legal change to your name. Assuming a married name In Alberta, assuming the name of your new spouse or joining your name with theirs does not [...]

2020-03-20T14:58:24-06:00March 24th, 2020|

Divorce of the Rich and Famous – Houses, Vehicles, and Horse Semen?

William Shatner recently finalized his divorce from his fourth wife, Elizabeth Martin. The “Star Trek” actor, 88, filed for divorce from Elizabeth, 61, after 18 years of marriage. He cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for filing in December 2019 and the pair reached a settlement in March 2020. Although Shatner’s net worth [...]

2020-03-24T11:14:00-06:00March 17th, 2020|

Appealing to the Supreme Court

So you reached the appellate court in your jurisdiction and you’ve lost… now what? The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) can overturn the appellate court’s decision but it’s not so simple. As you can imagine, the SCC is inundated with requests from applicants looking to have their case heard. Understandably, the SCC cannot hear [...]

2020-02-25T13:33:14-07:00March 3rd, 2020|

Sucks to be a Sussex: Harry and Meghan Allegedly Banned from Using Royal Name

In early 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their intention to ‘step back’ as senior members of the British Royal Family. Simultaneously with this jaw-dropping announcement came the release of a new website (, wherein Harry and Meghan explained their decision and provided information about what they hoped to achieve. Interestingly, in [...]

2020-02-20T12:59:51-07:00February 25th, 2020|

Delinquent Child Support Payor – An Unsympathetic Approach

The Ontario Court of Appeal decision of Colucci v Colucci, 2019 ONCA 561 deals an application by a payor father to reduce his child support arrears which had accumulated to over $170,000. In 1996, the payor father had been ordered to pay $115 per week in child support for each of his two [...]

2020-02-20T11:14:07-07:00February 20th, 2020|

Is it Too Late Now to Say Sorry? Attempts to Remedy Past Delinquent Behavior Do Not Constitute a Material Change

According to the Alberta Court of Appeal in the recent decision of Janiten v Moran, 2019 ABCA 380, a party who has income imputed to them for support purposes for reason of failure to disclose financial information, or failure to attend court altogether, cannot simply apply to fix the numbers retroactively after the [...]

2020-02-11T08:46:44-07:00February 11th, 2020|

Varying a Custody Order

Custody Orders occasionally need to be modified; one party may want to increase their parenting time or reduce the other party's parenting time. The Divorce Act, specifically, Section 17(5) sets out the following with respect to the variation of custody orders: Before the court makes a variation order in respect of a custody [...]

2020-01-28T13:17:36-07:00February 4th, 2020|

What is the Hague Convention?

The Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, often referred to as the Hauge Convention, is a multilateral treaty established in 1980 with the purposes of securing the return of children wrongfully removed from their home country and ensuring that rights of custody and access under the law of one jurisdiction [...]

2020-01-24T13:09:56-07:00January 28th, 2020|
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