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New Income Splitting Rule and its impact on support

     -     Jan 14th, 2015   -     Blog   -     0 Comments

New Income Splitting Rule and its impact on support January 14, 2015 As you may have heard, legislation was passed allowing families to split up to $50,000 in income between spouses under the Family Tax Cut program.  This means that the higher income earning spouse can transfer $50,000 of income to the lower income earning […]

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In Loco Parentis – Step Parents, Unwed Parents, Non-biological Parents and Child Support

     -     Jan 8th, 2015   -     Blog   -     0 Comments

Dating back to the 19th Century, Canadian courts have legitimized the presence of a non-biological parent of a child for custody purposes and in modern times, with increasing importance, child support obligations.   In loco parentis is a Latin term that translates to “in place of a parent”, which may seem to be a crude or […]

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High Income Earners – Child Support and Incomes Over $150,000

     -     Nov 24th, 2014   -     Blog   -     0 Comments

The Child Support Guidelines, which were first adopted federally in 1997, and subsequently shortly after in Alberta have become a strong source for the standardization of child support payments in family law.   There are however particular exceptions that are built into the Guidelines to provide the courts with greater flexibility to determine child support obligations.  […]

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Unequal Division of Matrimonial Property

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Under Alberta’s Matrimonial Property Act, there is a presumption that all property acquired during marriage is divided equally between the spouses, as long as the property is not exempt (see my post on exempt property). It does not matter if the property is held in joint names or in one spouse’s name alone. However, there […]

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RCM Family Lawyers | Unmarried Couples Debt

Unmarried Couples and Debts

     -     Nov 17th, 2014   -     Blog   -     0 Comments

More couples are choosing to live as a common law couple rather than getting married. However, this style of relationship doesn’t reduce the amount of shared assets and debts they will accrue while they’re together. While a married couple’s division of property is outlined in the Matrimonial Property Act, and case law interpreting the MPA, […]

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RCM Family Lawyers | Guardianship

Understanding Guardianship, Parenting Orders and Parenting Time.

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In 2003, the Family Law Act (FLA) received royal assent in the Alberta legislature and created significant change in the family law context. Prior to this most recent legislation, decisions were made in terms of custody to one or both parents, and access to a parent or another individual who had an invested interest in […]

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RCM Family Lawyers | Tax Consequences Divorce

Tax Consequences of Separation and Divorce

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As a couple embarks on the divorce and separation process, a client not only has to navigate the emotional waters of this situation, but also the financial tax implications that go hand in hand. Clients will be dealing with major assets that need to be divided. Usually these are: • Residence • Other real property […]

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RCM Family Lawyers | Child Custody

In Loco Parentis: Child Custody by non-biological parents

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The battle for child custody is not a new concept in family law. For more than a century, Canadian courts have recognized and legitimized the non-biological parents of a child for custody purposes. In modern times, these “parents” have become increasingly important. In loco parentis is a Latin term that translates to “in place of […]

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RCM Family Lawyers | Child Support Alberta

Child Support and Incomes Over 150k

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Child support guidelines were first adopted federally in 1997, and provincially in Alberta shortly after. The federal child support guidelines and Alberta child support guidelines have become the backbone of child support payments in our province. While these guidelines strive to standardize child support obligations, the guidelines have exceptions which give our courts greater flexibility. […]

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Why hire a Family Lawyer or Divorce Lawyer in Calgary

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Although with enough time and training the average person could repair their vehicle, or build their home, most prefer to retain the services of professionals who are proficient in performing such services and tasks. Resolving your Separation or Divorce issues such as custody and parenting disputes, property division, mobility and support should be addressed by […]

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