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Holidays & Divorce – The Best Gift Any Parent Can Provide

Aida Rafie The holidays can be a very special time for children, and parents too, but it can be very difficult to plan for after the breakdown of the family unit. It is important to remember that while the holidays may have traditionally involved a different family unit, separated parents can still ensure it remains [...]

December 21st, 2016|

Pets – Family or Property?

Melody Rodger The recent Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench case of Henderson v Henderson 2016 SKQB 282 dealt with the contentious issue of whether pets are to be treated as akin to property or akin to children in the context of a separation or divorce. Before delving into the emotional turmoil of the matter at [...]

December 14th, 2016|

Gilmore Girls Reboot: Trouble in Stars Hollow?

Emily Gajda For anyone who came of age with Rory Gilmore, the Netflix reboot of the Gilmore Girls series has been a much-anticipated event. Millions of viewers, who cringed at Rory’s high school experiences at Chilton and cheered with her upon her acceptance into Yale, geared up for a night-in on November 25th, 2016, when [...]

December 2nd, 2016|

Court of Appeal Success for Andy Hayher

Andy Hayher of our office was successful in having an appeal dismissed at Alberta’s highest court. Andy acted for the Respondent father in an appeal related to what jurisdiction a mobility/custody trial should be held in. The Appellant mother’s position was that Ontario was the appropriate jurisdiction while the Respondent father’s position was that Alberta [...]

November 14th, 2016|

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|