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Court Says No to Nasty Behaviour

Andy Hayher When custody battles end up in court they can become ugly. Often, litigants are so entrenched in a position they lose sight of what is and what is appropriate and relevant for the court. Sometimes they become malicious. In the recent decision of J.(S.) v. M.(M.) from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, [...]

July 19th, 2016|

Child and Family Benefits

Based on proposed legislation, a new Canada child benefit (“CCB”) will replace the universal child care benefit (“UCCB”) and the Canada child tax benefit (“CCTB”) in July of 2016. The first CCB payment will be made on July 20, 2016. The CCB is a tax-free monthly payment based on adjusted family net income. There is [...]

July 6th, 2016|

Surveillance Practices Considered ‘Odious & Repugnant’

Brett Coleman It is not uncommon in family law cases, particularly given the current state of and advances in cell phone technology, for litigants in a family law case to resort to various means of surreptitious surveillance of one another. This is particularly so where custody/parenting is in issue. Ranging from recording of telephone or [...]

June 27th, 2016|

Vogel LLP Announces New Articling Student Emily Gajda

Vogel LLP is pleased to announce that University of Calgary Law School graduate Emily Gajda has joined the firm as an Articling Student. Emily has been a summer student at our firm since her first year of law school and most recently completed a clerkship at the Provincial Court of Alberta where she worked closely [...]

June 24th, 2016|

When Does a ‘Marriage-Like’ Relationship Begin

Andy Hayher Determining when a marriage begins is an easy task. However, in marriage-like relationships the water can get muddy. The determination of the commencement of such a relationship is important in provinces that have either property or support rights conferred to individuals in these types of relationships. In Fuller v. Matthews the British Columbia [...]

June 17th, 2016|

Abandonment in the Woods – Child Discipline Gone Wrong

Aida Rafie Recently a popular news story in the media has been in regards to a boy in Japan whose parents left him in the woods ‘as punishment’. While bizarre cases like this one can be classified as unreasonable in any country, it is interesting to note what our own legislation says about child discipline [...]

June 8th, 2016|

Conflict as a Basis for Opposing Shared Parenting

Brett Coleman Ordinarily, the courts are somewhat reluctant to order shared parenting where the history of parenting is characterized by a demonstrated inability or unwillingness to communicate and cooperate in such a way that is conducive to effective co-parenting. In other words, where there is significant conflict between parents, shared parenting is often thought to [...]

June 1st, 2016|

Vogel LLP’s Andy Hayher Appears on Global News

Vogel LLP’s Andy Hayher was recently contacted by Global National for comments on an ongoing international child abduction matter involving Canada and Iran. He appears in the following video and provides commentary in the accompanying article. Andy has dealt with these types of situations in all levels of the Alberta Courts and is a member [...]

May 27th, 2016|

Child Support Applications – Significant Change Effective May 1, 2016

Brett Coleman There has been a Notice to the Profession & Public issued, regarding what is a fairly significant change to the process for filing a child support application in the Court of Queen’s Bench (“QB”). Up until now, a party seeking to file an application in QB for a child support order could simply [...]

May 13th, 2016|