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It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

Author: Murray Gottheil There was once a medium-sized law firm in Ontario which had two bright, young, industrious associates. Both of these associates were being considered for partnership, back in the day when all young lawyers wanted to become partners. One of the two associates, who I will call Richard, was a shoe-in. The other… Continue reading It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

Withholding Access as a Control Tactic

Withholding Access as a Control Tactic

Separated parents often have different opinions about what is “best” for the child. Parents that fail to consider the thoughts and feelings of the child usually end up treating the child like property. This is most often accomplished when a parent withholds the child from the other parent to use the child as leverage in… Continue reading Withholding Access as a Control Tactic

Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Lawyer

Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Lawyer

These are the top four (4) mistakes people make when searching for a lawyer: (1) Asking how long a lawyer has been a lawyer.People often get caught up on the year the lawyer started practicing law. The length of time that has passed since the lawyer completed school does not mean the lawyer is experienced… Continue reading Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Lawyer

Uninvolved Parents

Uninvolved Parents

You can’t force someone to be a parent. It does not matter how much effort you put into facilitating the other parents time or how much effort you put into “making it easy” for the other parent to be involved. In order for the other parent to succeed, they must be willing to put in… Continue reading Uninvolved Parents

Parental Alienation

Parental Alienation

What do I if I suspect my children are being alienated against me? Parental alienation is when one parent attempts to turn the child against the other parent. Parental alienation involves a series of deliberate steps aimed at sabotaging the child’s relationship with the other parent. This can be accomplished by speaking negatively about the… Continue reading Parental Alienation

Children’s Possessions

Children’s Possessions

Should a childs possessions be allowed to travel between both parents households? At the breakdown of a relationship, parents establish their own households separate and apart from their former spouse. The children then travel between both households to spend time with each parent. Sometimes parents are unable to agree on whether or not the child… Continue reading Children’s Possessions

Children’s Cellphones

Children’s Cellphones

A child’s cellphone often gives parents something to fight about. Parents often disagree on who should pay the bill, who should pay to replace the phone if it is lost, stolen or broken, when the child should have access to the device, how much time the child should be allowed to spend on the device,… Continue reading Children’s Cellphones

Relocation Disputes

Relocation Disputes

What happens when one parent wants to move with the children and the other parent does not agree? Relocation disputes arise when one parent wants to move and the other parent does not want the children to move to that location. The parent disputing the move may request that the children remain in their primary… Continue reading Relocation Disputes

Subpar Parenting

Subpar Parenting

When parents are unable to work together to make a child-orientated decision, they often end up in family court fighting over routine parenting decisions instead of actual legal issues. Judges have the ability to dictate parenting schedules, divide decision-making responsibilities and make any other decisions as they deem fit. Unfortunately, a court order cannot force… Continue reading Subpar Parenting

Child Support – Ending or Extending Payments

Child Support – Ending or Extending Payments

When do your child support payments end? If you are a payor of child support, you might be looking forward to the day that your child support obligation ends. Frustration with the monthly payments is not necessarily a reflection of you as a parent. You can love your child but hate paying child support. You might… Continue reading Child Support – Ending or Extending Payments

Child Support – The Basics

Child Support – The Basics

It is in the child’s best interest to be financially supported by both parents. The parent with primary or day-to-day care of the child generally receives child support from the other parent. If the parent’s have more than one child, then child support is paid for each child. The amount paid is determined by the… Continue reading Child Support – The Basics

Drafting Parenting Orders – Christmas Edition

Drafting Parenting Orders – Christmas Edition

Drafting Parenting Orders – Christmas Edition  It is important to have a clearly worded court order specifying your regular parenting time and shared holidays. In high conflict situations, it is extremely important to use precise wording that will not leave any room for interpretation. A poorly worded order can lead to unnecessary conflict between parents.… Continue reading Drafting Parenting Orders – Christmas Edition

Benefits of Hiring a Paralegal

Benefits of Hiring a Paralegal

Paralegals and lawyers play an essential role in the legal system. The main difference between their job duties comes down to their ability to give legal advice and involvement in the courtroom. Paralegals cannot give legal advice. Paralegals are on the side lines preparing cases, compiling reports, organizing and filing paperwork. Only can give legal… Continue reading Benefits of Hiring a Paralegal

Requesting Extra Time

Requesting Extra Time

Does your co-parent ask for extra time…. all of the time? Do not deny the request simply because your co-parent is trying to include your child in plans that are scheduled during your time. Your decision should only be based on what is best for your child. You cant control your co-parent or dictate when… Continue reading Requesting Extra Time

Emergency Protection Orders

Emergency Protection Orders

An Emergency Protection Order (“EPO”) is a tool designed to help victims of family violence. By obtaining an EPO, the alleged abuser (the “Respondent”) is legally prevented from contacting the victim (the “Claimant”) and from being anywhere near the Claimant for a set period of time. An EPO can also include the Claimant’s children and… Continue reading Emergency Protection Orders

Becoming a Paralegal

Becoming a Paralegal

Many schools in Alberta offer paralegal or legal assistant programs. Students are led on to believe that by completion of the program, they will be easily hired out of school and will be paid well in the profession. One school, in particular, bragged to potential candidates that 80% of their students were employed after graduation.… Continue reading Becoming a Paralegal

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Collecting Information for a Family Law Matter

Collecting Information for a Family Law Matter

If you are planning to hire a lawyer for your family law matter, you should begin working on collecting supporting information as soon as possible. Depending on your situation, you should be prepared to provide the following background information and documents: Court documents. If you have been served with court documents, or if you have… Continue reading Collecting Information for a Family Law Matter

Communication Problems

Communication Problems

At the breakdown of a relationship, many parents experience difficulty attempting to communicate with each other. In hostile situations, parents are usually instructed to only communicate with each other in writing and limited to specific topics. Parents may be forced to communicate to make arrangements to spend time with the child or to exchange information… Continue reading Communication Problems

Using Third Party Services as a Control Tactic

Using Third Party Services as a Control Tactic

Third party services are often used by one parent to dictate and control the other parent. Unilateral decisions may result in various commitments and schedules for the child that may interfere with the other parents time. Frustration may arise over the costs associated with the third party services. A parent may retaliate and refuse to… Continue reading Using Third Party Services as a Control Tactic