Family Law

November 19, 2011

Independent Legal Advice on Matrimonial Property Contracts

Clients often ask me as a family law lawyer to help them get agreements they have made themselves, formalized and signed. Sometimes these clients ask me to draft a Contract showing the agreement they have reached. Sometimes these clients have […]
February 18, 2012

Estate Planning and the Matrimonial Property Act (MPA)

This column continues last month’s review of the new Alberta Wills and Succession Act (WSA) and its effect on estate planning in Medicine Hat. A person can distribute their property in their Will as they wish.  If, however, the property […]
April 21, 2012

Should they stay or should they go?

One of the more difficult situations that separated or divorced parents sometimes face is when one of the parents decides that they must move away from the city of Medicine Hat and proposes to take the children with them.  The […]
May 19, 2012

How to Guide Your Business Through a Divorce

It’s challenging to go through a separation or divorce no matter what your circumstances. When one or both of the people involved in the divorce own, operate, or hold shares in a business, their divorce can affect a much wider […]
January 22, 2013

Communication and Successful Family Business Succession Planning

The relationship between family and business creates challenges for succession planning for the family business.  The University of Alberta’s Family Business Institute has determined family businesses generate about 60% of Canada’s GDP and create 20% of all new jobs in […]
March 15, 2013

The Myth of the Common Law Marriage

As a family lawyer, I have sometimes had to explain to my very surprised client that she is not, indeed, married to the person that she has believed was her husband, sometimes for a number of years.  This client understands […]
April 1, 2013

New Ways for Families Program helps Divorcing Parents in Medicine Hat Resolve Their Parenting Disagreements

What is NWFF? It’s challenging to through a separation or divorce and almost every parent worries about preserving their relationship with their children. The New Ways for Families Program (NWFF) in Medicine Hat helps both parents and children do their […]
June 13, 2013

Mediation: The Peace Treaty at the End of the War

Some people struggle with the idea of mediation. In particular, they question why someone who seeks to solve a dispute in court, and is preparing for litigation, would want to then negotiate toward compromise rather than winning a case outright. […]
March 27, 2014

His, Hers and Ours – How to Divide your Stuff on Divorce

When a couple separates in Medicine Hat, one of the issues that they must deal with is how to divide the property they obtained while they were married.  The legislation which governs the division of property for married people in […]
April 1, 2014

Shhh…can you keep a secret?

People who are getting divorced often believe that it is in their best interests to try to keep secrets about the existence of or the true nature of assets from their spouse.  What those people do not understand is that […]