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Freedom of Religion in a Post-Separation, Co-Parenting Framework

Brett Coleman Religion is often a sensitive topic. Sometimes, a difference in faith is not an issue when two people are in love. However, religion invariably becomes a contentious issue post-separation, particularly if there are children involved. Parents going through a separation quickly become well-versed in parenting “litigation language”, which holds at its center the [...]

August 15th, 2017|

Nesting Arrangements – Cozy or Crazy?

Melody Rodger In the recent Alberta Queen’s Bench decision of Kowalchuk v Kowalchuk, 2017 ABQB 64, Justice H,B, Veit ordered that the parents of two children, aged 11 and 8, would have shared parenting of the children with a “nesting” provision. That is; the children would continue to live in the matrimonial home and [...]

August 8th, 2017|

Break-ups of the Rich & Famous

Emily Gajda Breaking up is hard to do, even if you’re rich and famous. After a short, tumultuous and highly-publicized relationship, celebrities Rob Kardashian (of the infamous Kardashian clan) and Blac Chyna (model and entrepreneur) recently broke up. The break up quickly went from bad to worse when Kardashian posted several explicit photos and videos [...]

August 1st, 2017|

Challenging Expense Deductions

2017 Decision Clarifies the Law in Alberta Corporate expense deductions such as vehicle, phone, travel, and meal expenses are often a point of contention when calculating the income of self-employed parents for the purposes of child support. According to sections 18-21 of the Federal Child Support Guidelines, if a parent derives a personal benefit from [...]

July 25th, 2017|

The Maintenance Enforcement Program (MEP) Increase in Fee

Aida Rafie In accordance with the law, debtors who owe child support must comply with support orders or legal agreements to pay support. If debtors do not pay support, the federal, provincial and territorial laws set out a number of tools to assist in enforcing support obligations. The Maintenance Enforcement Program (MEP) in Alberta is [...]

July 18th, 2017|

Recovering from a Brain Injury

Mike Vogel With the number of high impact collisions that continue to cause injuries in Alberta, it has become increasingly common to be diagnosed with having sustained a brain injury in the accident. Common initial symptoms following a brain injury can include, a loss of consciousness, feeling dazed, and/or memory issues. The medical evidence is [...]

July 11th, 2017|

Marijuana in the Workplace: What’s the Buzz?

Medina Shatz What will it look like in our workplaces next summer when cannabis will be legal? While the Cannabis Act is intended to “create a strict legal framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis across Canada” the reality is that once the Cannabis Act passes, adults will be allowed to [...]

July 4th, 2017|

Frivolous and Vexatious Actions

Courts discourage frivolous or vexatious actions by litigants in an attempt to protect the integrity and fairness of the judicial system. Unfortunately, however, the discussion of frivolous and vexatious actions by litigants in the area of Family Law is all too common. Frivolous actions are those with no realistic prospect of success, that are virtually [...]

June 27th, 2017|

Disclosure Requirement: Onus Shift and Obligation Defined

Kathryn Tweedie Generally, when parents are employed by an arm’s length employer, determining income for support purposes is a relatively straightforward endeavor. Not so when a parent earns income from self-employment, a partnership or a closely held, private corporation.  The inquiry is usually complicated by ascertaining the value of personal benefits included in expenses deducted from [...]

June 20th, 2017|

Absconding & Forum Shopping

Andy Hayher In Heath-Breakspear v. Breakspear, the Supreme Court of Newfoundland found itself dealing with a jurisdictional issue. There were three children involved who had all been living in Dubai for more than 15 years. In 2016 the mother came to Canada for a vacation and did not return. The marriage was on the rocks [...]

June 13th, 2017|