December 2019 Archives

Moving with a Child - Changes to the Divorce Act in 2020

Relocation, or moving away after separation or divorce, is one of the most litigated family law issues. Recent changes to the Divorce Act set out changes to the way relocation issues will be addressed by the Court July 1,2020.

New legislation guiding common-law property division.

Along with the New Year come some significant changes to the laws directing how people in common-law partnerships (also known as Adult Interdependent partners in Alberta) divide their property upon the breakdown of their relationship. Right now, the law around common-law property division is underdeveloped and often confusing and relies on an old legal theory called unjust enrichment. This places unmarried couples at a disadvantage to married couples when it comes to knowing your rights and entitlements to share in property, including the family home, cars, RRSPs, pensions and so forth.