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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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Why hire a Family Lawyer or Divorce Lawyer in Calgary

     -     Nov 17th, 2014   -     Blog   -     0 Comments

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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Unmarried Couples and Debts

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Increasingly married and unmarried couples are finding themselves being responsible for dividing debts, rather than assets, accumulated during the course of their relationship.  Not always, but very often married couples have been together for a significant amount of time, and the division of assets and debts can be off-set against one another.  Further, the Matrimonial […]

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Know Your Rights Before Separating

     -     Nov 10th, 2014   -     Blog   -     0 Comments

“I wish I had known X before I separated from my spouse” . “I wish I had acted sooner”. “My friend who just finished his divorce said it would be different”. “I thought she would be fair”. These are some of the most of the most common comments the Family Lawyers at our Calgary Family Law […]

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Exemptions under the Matrimonial Property Act

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Many people believe that all property is automatically divided 50/50 upon divorce; however this is not the case. Under Alberta’s Matrimonial Property Act, certain property is exempt from distribution upon divorce. The following property is characterized as “exempt” under the Matrimonial Property Act: (a)   Gifts from 3rd parties (b)   Inheritances (c)    Property owned prior […]

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Child of the Marriage

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“My spouse and I Divorced and my Children are now over the age of 18. Does this mean that I don’t have to pay Child support?” This is one of the top question asked by Divorce payors of Child Support who attend at our Calgary Family Law Firm. The answer to this question is that […]

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Common Law Parents

     -     Nov 3rd, 2014   -     Blog   -     0 Comments

The legal principles that apply to the break-down of both common-law and matrimonial relationships in Alberta are quite similar when considering child support, spousal support, and custody and access.  Many people find this surprising, since rights and obligations of unmarried couples are primarily determined by the Alberta Family Law Act and the Alberta Adult Interdependent Relationships Act, while the support and custody […]

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Understanding Guardianship, Parenting Orders and Parenting Time vs. Custody and Access

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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 the most recent legislation, when family matters were heard justices would be rendering decisions in terms of custody (to one or both parents), and access to a parent or another […]

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Calgary Divorce Lawyers

     -     Aug 3rd, 2011   -     Blog   -     0 Comments

Our experienced family law firm of Calgary Divorce Lawyers understands that the process of separating and divorce can be a worrying and emotional time. We are trained to identify and resolve issues related to custody and access (parenting), child support, spousal support and mobility under the Divorce Act. We have your best interest and the […]

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