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Is it time to change up your child custody arrangement?

Over time, people change. Kids grow up; parents start new jobs; families move; people experience changes in their health. These changes can affect numerous aspects of our lives, and adjusting to them can be tricky.

For instance, for parents who share custody of their child, changes in your circumstances could also warrant a modification of your existing order for custody and access.

How is child support calculated in Alberta?

Supporting a child after parental divorce or separation is a responsibility for every parent. Unfortunately, this issue can become quite contentious when parents disagree on how much child support should be.

If you are a parent going through a breakup and facing the possibility of paying child support, you should know that there are guidelines to help Alberta parents estimate how much this payment will be.

7 ways to diffuse tension, conflict during divorce

When two people are getting divorced, arguments and disputes can arise throughout the legal process. These battles can add to the stress and discomfort parties may already be feeling, so it can be important to work to minimize them.

Various strategies can help parties diffuse the tension and resolve conflict during a divorce.

Tips for discussing a cohabitation agreement

Living with someone and being in a committed relationship does not always mean that two people will get married. People across Canada live with their partner before marriage, and many choose never to marry.

While these arrangements can work very well, they are like any other relationship in that they could end. Because of this, couples may want to discuss how to address the legalities such a situation. One way to do this is to create a cohabitation agreement.

After the agreement: How to resolve disputes when sharing custody

Reaching an agreement regarding custody is a significant accomplishment for parents. This agreement sets a foundation for building a new normal as parents move from raising children together to raising them separately.

However, issues can still arise, even in the most amicable and stable custody situations. Rather than let an argument or disagreement destroy everything, parents can take the following steps to resolve a dispute as peacefully as possible.

Dividing the matrimonial home

When you decide to leave your domestic partner, many concerns regarding your future may cross your mind at once. How will you manage financially? Who will look after your children going forward? Where will you live?

These questions can seem overwhelming at the onset. Therefore, it’s important to remember there are laws in place to protect your legal rights and financial interests. The law understands that it can be complicated to divide a shared life with someone, so it’s best advised to run any questions you have about your property by a legal professional.

Marriage Contracts Are Becoming More Common For Couples

Marriage is generally a fun and exciting time for couples. It signifies a commitment between two people to spend the rest of their lives together. For some people, they keep this commitment for their entire lives. Others however, may decide they do not want to continue this commitment.

It's hard to imagine breaking up and going your separate ways when you are thinking about getting married. However, thinking about this possibility early may help you avoid legal battles and other frustrations associated with separation in the future. One way to avoid the headaches that come with a separation or divorce is to create a marriage contract.

4 missteps that can turn an amicable divorce contentious

Ending a marriage can be a significant life event. It can also be complex and emotional. As such, there is the potential for a divorce to become contentious and bitter. However, there are ways to avoid this behaviour during divorce proceedings.

There are steps parties can take -- or rather not take -- to keep a divorce amicable.

Corporations Can Be Ordered To Pay Shareholders' Support Payments

Corporations protect a shareholder’s personal assets from creditors. In some situations, corporations can be liable to pay a shareholder’s debts. Payment of family maintenance orders is one of these situations.

Across Canada, provinces have passed legislation that allows courts to make an order that a closely-held corporation is liable to pay support payments for its shareholders. In Alberta, this legislation is known as the Enforcement of Maintenance Orders Act.

Who Gets The House When Common-Law Couples Split?

It may be the law that the answer to this question is generally the owner of the property, but many common-law spouses are not finding that solution fair.

As more couples decide not to get married, a legal group in Alberta is highlighting the need for improved legislation over the ownership of property. Because it’s easier to end a common-law relationship, there is a rise in break-ups for these types of couples, but with few protected rights. It’s important to know what the current laws are, and what legal options you have if you are not the legal owner of a shared home with your partner.

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