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Vaccines and Family Law in the Age of COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to impact all facets of daily life, with many people wondering what the “new normal” will turn out to be, especially if and when an effective vaccine becomes available.  The vaccination of children has long been a contested topic in family law matters where separated or divorced parents disagree. Parents who [...]

2020-07-17T09:09:02-06:00July 20th, 2020|

Drug Addiction & Child Support

The recent case from the Provincial Court of British Columbia, S.M.R. v. E.L.M., dealt with the issue of whether an addiction to drugs and alcohol is a choice or a disability and whether or not the substance abuse addiction has an impact on ongoing and retroactive child support. In this case the father [...]

2020-07-16T11:09:41-06:00July 16th, 2020|

The Spread of COVID-19 Lawsuits

The COVID-19 pandemic has, without a doubt, changed the world and how we all interact within it. COVID-19 already has and will likely continue to impact our daily lives and bring dramatic change to many aspects of life for the foreseeable future. One perhaps not unexpected consequence of COVID-19 has been the influx [...]

2020-07-08T10:05:19-06:00July 13th, 2020|

Police Liability

In our society, police chases are not a common occurrence and not much thought is given to them. However, to the police officers themselves, the chase itself is a delicate balancing act as it is important to apprehend the suspect and to deter others from criminal activities. On the other hand, a police [...]

2020-07-09T09:45:30-06:00July 9th, 2020|

What is “Top Up” Child Support?

After the breakdown of a relationship in which Partner A has children from a previous relationship for whom they receive child support, many might be surprised to learn that Partner B (step-parents and those who are found to be “standing in the place of a parent (in loco parentis)) might also owe an [...]

2020-07-07T12:17:15-06:00July 2nd, 2020|

Show Me the Money: Costs Enforcement in Family Law

Following a family law trial, a lawyer has the opportunity to make submissions with respect to costs. A costs award is a court order for one party to pay the other party a prescribed amount of money, usually to account for a portion of the expenses of litigation. The Supreme Court of Canada [...]

2020-06-29T08:30:25-06:00June 29th, 2020|

Is My Personal Injury Settlement Matrimonial Property?

The Matrimonial Property Act and the newly implemented Family Property Act both provide that damages paid to one spouse as a result of a “tort” are exempted from distribution in the division of matrimonial property, so long as those damages were not compensation for a loss to both spouses.  A tort, very simply, [...]

2020-06-25T11:13:22-06:00June 25th, 2020|

Don’t Disclose at Your Peril

In the recent decision of Janiten v Moran, the Alberta Court of Appeal has made it clear that there are serious consequences for failing to make prompt and complete financial disclosure in family law matters. In Moran, the Mother had two orders for retroactive and ongoing child support where the Father’s income had [...]

2020-06-18T12:20:34-06:00June 22nd, 2020|

Tips for the Initial Consult

Initial consults can be very helpful for both lawyers and clients, even on what may be thought of as a “simple” matter. The initial consult is a good starting point to set the stage for what a client’s needs are and what a lawyer’s “ground rules” may be. It is at the initial [...]

2020-06-16T08:19:42-06:00June 18th, 2020|