“ I’ll quit my job and flip burgers for a living!” -- it is one of the biggest cliches family lawyers regularly hear from a parent or spouse who earns a high income. Until recently, the law may not have penalized the party who went through on their threat. The Court of Appeal in Alberta over twenty-one years ago rendered a decision in the case Hunt v Smolis-Hunt, 2001 ABCA 229, which held that the payor needed to have a specific intent to show that they quit a more lucrative job specif...
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Learn about recent decisions and matters that could impact you and your family.
The courts in Alberta, and in provinces across Canada have acknowledged and built upon the civil tort for a breach of privacy which can be found to occur when a person publicly exposes another person’s private images and videos. The most common cases of this is when a former partner/spouse uses privately held images and/or videos of their former partner/spouse that they were given. Where tort cases have found fault hinges on possession and use of these images and/or videos, as the expectat...
Along with the encouragement of the Court to try settlement or resolution outside of a courtroom, there are upcoming changes to the previous DRO program at the Court of King’s Bench with an emphasis on parties to the litigation having quality settlement discussions before appearing before a Justice for a decision. The new program requires that the parties to a child support matter have provided and have received disclosure, in order to successfully make offers and review recommendations for...