Catherine Regier

February 15, 2019

Dividing Property for Unmarried Partners

The law about the division of property between separating common-law couples in Canada has long been a source of confusion.  Many, if not most, people believe that they have the same rights to the division of property acquired during a […]
November 14, 2018

The Times, They are A-Changing

In May, the Federal Minister of Justice, introduced a Bill to amend the Divorce Act.   According to the Department of Justice, the reasons behind the changes are to promote the best interests of the child, address family violence, help reduce […]
February 14, 2018

A Voice, not a Choice

How much input should your children have into your post-divorce parenting plan?  When I first started practising family law, the conventional wisdom was that children should really know little or nothing about their parents’ divorce.  It is still true that […]
May 18, 2017

A voice not a choice

For most of the last 20 years it has been the agreed upon practise to involve children in their parents’ divorce as little as possible.  The thinking was that children were not good determiners of what was in their best […]
February 16, 2017

The Obligations of Standing in the Place of a Parent

Last month’s article provided information about what happens when a person stands in the place of a parent with their partner’s child or children.  The article listed the factors that the Court looks at to decide whether or not an […]
January 16, 2017

Standing in the Place of a Parent

Family lawyers are always pleased to see clients when they are entering into a new relationship.  Meeting with these clients gives us the opportunity to discuss possible outcomes which can arise when they are involved in a new relationship.  One […]
September 15, 2016

Do you have the right to know what’s happening at school?

Children all across Medicine Hat returned to school earlier this month, including children from both intact and separated or divorced families.  If you are a parent who disagrees with your child’s other parent about parenting, child support and extracurricular activities, […]
July 25, 2016

Limited-Scope Retainers: When you can’t afford to buy the whole thing.

Lawyers cost money.  Clients and lawyers know this.  Lawyers sell their time, legal advice and skills based on their professional knowledge. This is the value lawyers bring to their clients.  Many legal matters are complicated and challenge clients to learn […]
March 17, 2016

Changing Child Support

It seems as though every week in Alberta brings additional negative economic news. Almost all of us know a friend or relative who has been laid off, or whose hours or wages have been cut back, or who have had […]
September 16, 2015

Preventing An Earthquake: What to do when the Farm or Ranch Family Divorces

One of the challenging circumstances that we often see in the practice of family law in the Medicine Hat area is dealing with farm and ranch families going through divorces. In addition to all of the issues of parenting, income […]