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How to Prove Common Law Relationships in Alberta

Proving Common Law Family Relationships in Alberta People in “common law” relationships in Alberta enjoy similar rights to married couples but, in the absence of a formal agreement, they must sometimes prove that they are common law partners. This is often easier said than done, as there are certain requirements for a relationship to be classified as such. This article outlines what common law relationships are in Alberta, what your associated rights are and how you can prove common-law status. Learn More → Reasons Why You Should Hire a Family Lawyer Book a Consultation What is a [...]

By |28/11/2022|

Who keeps the family pets after separation or divorce?

Who gets the pets after separation in Canada? Many people develop deep bonds with their pets, and may often view them as members of their family. At the time of a separation or divorce, this can result in some very emotional conflict about what happens to the family pet. While there are laws that specifically direct courts to make arrangements for sharing custody and access to children, the law does not treat pets the same way. Instead, pets are considered to be personal property. That means that as a general rule, unless the spouses make an agreement otherwise, [...]

By |30/09/2022|

How to Terminate Your Spousal Support in Alberta

Terminating Your Spousal Support in Alberta Spousal support may be awarded when married couples or common law partners separate in Alberta — to aid the transition to financial self-sufficiency. While periods vary for spousal support, it’s important for the payor to honour the agreement until the expiry date (usually, there is one in all but the longest marriages) or until a specific event ends the agreement (such as a remarriage). In some cases, a modification or termination of spousal support must be sought due to a change of circumstances that does not automatically end the agreement. To arrange [...]

By |26/09/2022|

Reasons Why You Should Hire a Family Lawyer

Separation and it's effects on a family agreement in BC A skilled family lawyer can help you avoid and resolve legal disputes regarding loved ones. However, many families in BC wait to seek assistance until the situation has gotten so bad that they need court intervention and mediation and don't know what else to do. While many people think family lawyers only handle dispute resolution, that is not all we do. We can also help prepare agreements between spouses and partners, assist with the marriage and divorce process, and protect families who are victims of domestic violence. A family [...]

By |31/08/2022|

Relocating With Children in British Columbia

Relocating With Children in British Columbia Relocating with children after a divorce in B.C. is a complex matter that requires preplanning and considerable thought before acting. Parental rights and responsibilities are highly valued in British Columbia’s family law system, so anything that could impinge upon them is carefully scrutinized. If you are looking to relocate with your children, therefore, you will need to consider how the move will affect the other parent and other important people in the children’s life. As always, the standard used for decisions concerning children in B.C. is the children’s best interests. Sorting out [...]

By |05/07/2022|

Unmarried Fathers’ Rights in Canada

Unmarried Fathers' Family Rights in Alberta A parent’s rights to participate actively in a child’s life are precious and they are protected regardless of marital status in Canada. Canada’s legal system recognizes that parents are entitled to equal rights as both are considered equally important in their child’s upbringing. Wherever possible, therefore, decisions that are made in the child’s “best interests” include both parents. While the laws for common law marriages vary from province to province, parental rights are recognized across Canada. The general rule for unmarried fathers in Canada is this: if you can prove paternity, you [...]

By |29/04/2022|

If the relationship breaks down, does it affect my Immigration application or status?

How does divorce affect my immigration application or status in Alberta? Many foreign nationals have concerns about their immigration status when their relationship breaks down. You may need to seek immigration advice about your specific situation. Book a Consultation Marital Status Options in Applications to IRCC There are eight marital status options that a principal applicant can choose from in Immigration Refugee and Citizenship of Canada (IRCC) application forms: Annulled marriage Common-law Divorced Legal separated Married Single Unknown Widowed Among these, only married spouse and common-law partner can be included in the principal [...]

By |16/03/2022|

If the relationship breaks down, does it affect my Immigration application or status?

How does divorce affect my immigration application or status in British Columbia? Many foreign nationals have concerns about their immigration status when their relationship breaks down. You may need to seek immigration advice about your specific situation. Book a Consultation Marital Status Options in Applications to IRCC There are eight marital status options that a principal applicant can choose from in Immigration Refugee and Citizenship of Canada (IRCC) application forms: Annulled marriage Common-law Divorced Legal separated Married Single Unknown Widowed Among these, only married spouse and common-law partner can be included in the [...]

By |16/03/2022|

Grounds for Divorce in BC

What are the Grounds of Divorce in British Columbia? To get divorced in BC, you must have grounds for divorce and meet the residency requirements. “Grounds” are legal reasons and, in BC, there are only a few acceptable grounds when it comes to divorce. You must be able to show that you meet one of these in your divorce application to the Supreme Court. Book a Consultation Establishing the breakdown of a marriage in BC The Supreme Court in BC will only grant a divorce if at least one spouse can show that they [...]

By |07/03/2022|

Getting a Divorce in Vancouver BC

How to get a Divorce in British Columbia If you and your partner have decided to divorce, the road ahead may not be easy but you can navigate it and emerge positively from the other side with the right legal advice. A Vancouver divorce lawyer can help ensure that disputed matters are resolved without the delays and expense involved with a court trial and, if you have children, matters are settled in their best interests as well as yours. Most divorcing couples do not have a good understanding of divorce law and are unprepared for the process [...]

By |24/02/2022|

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