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Foreign Marriages in Canada - What you need to know before you marry outside of Canada

Foreign Marriages in Canada - What you need to know before you marry outside of Canada

Posted Dec 7th, 2020

Whether your wedding occurred as a traditional marriage ceremony in Ethiopia, a beach vacation wedding in Portugal, or a wedding in Las Vegas, there may be a time that you are required to prove the validity of your foreign marriage. Spouses may have to demonstrate the validity of their foreign marriage for various reasons, including when parties are seeking a divorce and division of matrimonial property or when parties seek to benefit as a ‘spouse’ under certain government programs. When...

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November 24, 2020 Public Health Order & Parenting in Alberta

November 24, 2020 Public Health Order & Parenting in Alberta

Posted Dec 2nd, 2020

The 2020 holiday season will certainly feel different than it has in previous years.  Families across Alberta are adjusting traditional holiday plans to account for the new COVID-19 measures enacted by the Provincial Government.  

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COVID-19 - When parents disagree over online or in-person learning for their children

COVID-19 - When parents disagree over online or in-person learning for their children

Posted Oct 30th, 2020

A review of family law cases in Canada and the factors that likely will be considered in a court deciding what is in a Child’s best interests when assessing if online or in-person learning is most appropriate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Child Support Guidelines- Section 7 Expenses- An Overview

Child Support Guidelines- Section 7 Expenses- An Overview

Posted Oct 20th, 2020

Under Section 7 of the Federal Child Support Guidelines and the Alberta Child Support Guidelines a parent may be obligated to pay, or entitled to receive, an additional amount of child support over the monthly base amount. The additional amount is intended to cover special or extraordinary expenses for the child, and may cover all or a portion of the following expenses for a child: childcare expenses incurred as a result of the custodial parent’s employment, education, or training for emp...

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Child Support in Alberta and Imputation of Income

Child Support in Alberta and Imputation of Income

Posted Oct 6th, 2020 in Family Central Law Firm Blog

In the recent Alberta Court of Appeal decision of MacDonald v Brodoff, 2020 ABCA 246, the Court of Appeal, signalled that it might be time to reconsider the previous decision in Hunt v Hunt-Smolis. In MacDonald, the Court analyzed the imputation of income in the context of a shared parenting arrangement.

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Changing Your Name in Alberta

Changing Your Name in Alberta

Posted Sep 20th, 2020 in Family Central Law Firm Blog

An individual may apply to change the first or last name of their spouse or adult interdependent partner with the consent of that partner. It should be noted, that the Act does not permit an individual to apply for a name change if they have been convicted of a designated offence, as defined by the regulations of the Vital Statistics Act.

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Family Central Law welcomes associate Kelsey Forbes to the team!

Family Central Law welcomes associate Kelsey Forbes to the team!

Posted Sep 16th, 2020 in Family Central Law Firm Blog

A practical and empathetic advocate, Kelsey works closely with her clients to find solutions that will work for their family. Understanding that family law matters can be some of the most challenging issues individuals encounter, Kelsey takes a professional, considerate approach to assist clients in finding effective and amicable outcomes.

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What is Family Docket Court?

What is Family Docket Court?

Posted Sep 14th, 2020

As of May 13th, 2020, all family matters scheduled in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta must be scheduled initially for a Family Docket Court appearance before proceeding with filing of materials and scheduling of court processes. The introduction of Family Docket Court is intended to streamline court processes and provide a purposeful trajectory for family matters entering the court system here in Alberta. On the date of the Family Docket Court, a Justice of he Court of Queen’s Benc...

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Can I move with my Children? The question of mobility

Can I move with my Children? The question of mobility

Posted Jul 22nd, 2020

Sometimes, even when parents have already settled parenting matters or have had a Court order issued by a Judge at the Provincial Court of Alberta or a Justice at the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, circumstances may change.  ...

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Animal Ownership After Separation: Charting the path forward on caring for family pets

Animal Ownership After Separation: Charting the path forward on caring for family pets

Posted Jul 14th, 2020

At Family Central Law, we understand the role that animals play in a family unit. We appreciate that  family pets form a unique bond with their owners and that their companionship and affection are irreplaceable. For this reason, it...

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