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She Said She Was On The Pill

Andy Hayher A recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court dealt with the issue of a party being “tricked” and having to deal with a child support application from a former partner whom they thought was unable to conceive by virtue of using contraception or because of a medical issue. These stories are nothing new [...]

March 15th, 2016|

Grandkids & Access

Andy Hayher In the recent Court of Queen's Bench decision of Hrycun v. Theriault, the Honourable Madam Justice J.B. Veit dealt with an action where a grandparent was seeking contact with her grandchildren. The application was made under section 35(2) of the Family Law Act and required the grandparent to have leave of the Court [...]

March 9th, 2016|

What is a DRO?

Jessica MacDonald The Dispute Resolution Officer (DRO) program is a Court-sponsored program that allows and encourages parents to address and resolve their child support disputes through an alternative dispute resolution process, as opposed to a Court application. The parties attend a DRO session with a senior Family Law lawyer for one hour to address the [...]

March 3rd, 2016|

High-Conflict Custody: Steps to Take Early On

Brett Coleman The CBA Alberta Law Conference was held in Calgary last Thursday, January 28 and Friday, January 29. On Friday morning, a group of lawyers practicing Family Law in Alberta attended a roundtable discussion on High Conflict Custody matters, moderated by Medina Shatz of our firm. One of the takeaways from that roundtable discussion [...]

February 4th, 2016|

The Court’s Discretion – Advance/Interim Costs

Aida Rafie The Alberta decision of Lakhoo v. Lakhoo 2015 ABQB 357 is a recent example of the Court’s application of Rule 12.36 of the Alberta Rules of Court, allowing the court to use its discretion in making any order it sees as fit for an advance payment of costs of either party. In the [...]

January 29th, 2016|

Dowry Dispute

Andy Hayher A recent decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal (Abdollahpour v. Banifatemi, 2015 ONCA 834) dealt with the issue of dowry in the context of property division in divorce proceedings. The parties were married in March 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario and they separated in December 2013 when the wife moved out of the [...]

January 21st, 2016|

Agricultural Assets – The Farm Divorce

Aida Rafie Alberta is a province with deep agricultural roots. Though most of us are well aware of this, many of us do not truly understand the culture or day to day operations of our agriculture community and way of life on a family farm or ranch. Unique issues that may not necessarily come up [...]

January 14th, 2016|

Tax Changes to Testamentary Trusts

Testamentary Trusts are a valuable tool used in estate planning – they allow individuals to financially protect their beneficiary (such as a spouse or a child), they provide the testator with the ability to control the use of the trust funds, and in the past, they have provided for significant tax savings. Prior to 2016, [...]

January 11th, 2016|

Vogel LLP Names New Managing Partner

Vogel LLP is pleased to announce that Medina Shatz has been named Managing Partner, effective January 1. Medina has been with Vogel LLP since 2002, and has been a Partner since 2012. Back to News »

January 5th, 2016|

Professional Athletes and Support Awards

Two recent high profile support cases involving professional athletes have highlighted how the courts deal with high income earners. National Hockey League star Duncan Keith recently had a British Columbia Court throw out his ex-wife's claim for $150,000 in monthly interim support. Kelly Keith had sought a massive spousal support award along with $69,000 per [...]

December 31st, 2015|