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Marriage Fraud: Beauty and the Beast

Aida Rafie A bizarre story currently making the news is in regards to a newly married man who has filed for divorce from his new wife for allegedly “deceiving him” by the amount of makeup she wore. According to the Arabic newspaper Aletihad, the 30 year old man was shocked to discover that his 24 [...]

November 10th, 2016|

The ‘First-Family-First’ Principle – Still Alive & Well

Brett Coleman As the average length of marriages decreases, and the divorce rate hovers upwards of 48%, the number of “second families” has naturally seen an increase. The surge in second families raises questions about priority of support and resources. It is important to note that child support always takes precedence over spousal support and [...]

November 2nd, 2016|

Retroactive Child Support: How Low Can You Go?

Emily Gajda The British Columbia Court of Appeal recently dealt with the issue of retroactive child support and delay in Brown v. Kucher, 2016 BCCA 267. In that case, the parties’ short romantic relationship ended after the mother informed the father that she was pregnant. In 1995, the child was born and raised solely by [...]

October 24th, 2016|

Court of Appeal Success for Andy Hayher

Andy Hayher was recently successful at the Alberta Court of Appeal. Andy was acting for the Respondent father in an appeal related to a parenting order that was granted by Court of Queen’s Bench Justice E.C. Wilson. The mother appealed the parenting order and we were successful in obtaining a unanimous decision having the appeal [...]

October 21st, 2016|

Contracting Out of Pension Division under the Canada Pension Plan

Brett Coleman One of the sometimes overlooked aspects of a matrimonial property settlement is the splitting of CPP credits. Splitting of credits can make a significant difference, as for many people CPP is an important source of income in retirement. “Splitting” of CPP credits really means the equalization of those credits earned by both partners [...]

October 17th, 2016|

Income Disparity & Child Support

Andy Hayher In a recent decision, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench dealt with retroactive child support in a situation where the parties had a significant disparity in income. In Baker v. Baker, Justice Topolniski dealt with a case where the father whose income increased over $2 million since the divorce as he had worked [...]

October 6th, 2016|

Separated or Divorced? What ‘Will’ You Consider?

Separating from your adult interdependent partner (“AIP”) or divorcing from your spouse is a very emotional and trying time. Likely the last thing on your mind is whether you need to update or revise your will; unfortunately, this is important and something you should put your mind to. After the new Wills and Succession Act [...]

September 15th, 2016|

Spousal Support & Post-Separation Increases in Payor Income

Brett Coleman The issue of whether a recipient of spousal support is entitled to post-separation increases in income comes up repeatedly in family law. As with most areas of family law, this issue is not clear cut, however, in the 2013 case of Thompson v. Thompson the Ontario Court of Appeal provided a helpful list [...]

September 8th, 2016|

Vogel LLP Announces New Articling Student Melody Rodger

We are pleased to announce that University of Calgary Law School graduate Melody Rodger has joined the firm as an Articling Student. Melody worked with Vogel LLP on a part time basis during law school and full-time during the summer. Melody will be gaining experience and assisting lawyers in various areas of Family Law, Personal [...]

August 26th, 2016|

The Legalities of a Celebrity Feud

Emily Gajda Recently, the internet has been abuzz with the latest developments in the Taylor Swift v. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian feud. In case you aren’t up to date on celebrity gossip, here’s a quick summary: Kanye West released a song earlier this year with derogatory comments referencing Taylor Swift, but alleged that he [...]

August 15th, 2016|