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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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Child Support Obligations During Covid-19

Child Support Obligations During Covid-19

Posted Jun 2nd, 2020 in Family Central Law Firm Blog

The Law Society of Alberta released a statement regarding the Maintenance Enforcement Program and the impact that Covid-19 may have on payors of child support.

The Maintenance Enforcement Program (MEP) recognizes COVID-19...

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Family Central Law welcomes articling student Brad J. P. Webber to the team!

Family Central Law welcomes articling student Brad J. P. Webber to the team!

Posted May 12th, 2020

The team at Family Central Law is excited to announce the new addition of our articling student this month, Brad J. P. Webber.   

Brad is completing his last year of law school at the University of Calgary. He currently hol...

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Redefining the test in Alberta for Imputation of Income and child support obligations

Redefining the test in Alberta for Imputation of Income and child support obligations

Posted May 12th, 2020

Child support is often calculated by applying a payor’s income, typically their line 150 income, and then analyzed pursuant to the Federal Child Support Guidelines.  However, and increasingly a present issue for the clients seekin...

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