Family Law

November 16, 2016

Give the Dough before you Go

When I started writing this article, I was worried my parents might read this and think I cannot wait for them to kick the bucket and I am hoping for their money now.  Truth be told, I really hope they […]
December 9, 2016

Sleepers or RESP?

Grandparents in Medicine Hat annually face the burning question: what do we give to our grandchildren at Christmas or on their birthday? Although not soft and cuddly like sleepers or a stuffed animal, and it will take time it before […]
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 […]
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 […]
May 1, 2017

Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSPs)

Most of us are aware of Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) and Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) as they are highly promoted by our financial institutions. There is a lesser known registered plan which can be of great assitance in […]
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 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 […]
October 19, 2018

Joint Ownership between Parents & Children: What’s the Intention?

Lawyers are often faced with common questions from clients: “If I add my child as a joint owner to my asset, can I avoid probate of my estate?” “As I get older I may need help paying my bills. Will […]
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 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 […]