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Dowry Dispute

Andy Hayher A recent decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal (Abdollahpour v. Banifatemi, 2015 ONCA 834) dealt with the issue of dowry in the context of property division in divorce proceedings. The parties were married in March 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario and they separated in December 2013 when the wife moved out of the [...]

January 21st, 2016|

Agricultural Assets – The Farm Divorce

Aida Rafie Alberta is a province with deep agricultural roots. Though most of us are well aware of this, many of us do not truly understand the culture or day to day operations of our agriculture community and way of life on a family farm or ranch. Unique issues that may not necessarily come up [...]

January 14th, 2016|

Tax Changes to Testamentary Trusts

Testamentary Trusts are a valuable tool used in estate planning – they allow individuals to financially protect their beneficiary (such as a spouse or a child), they provide the testator with the ability to control the use of the trust funds, and in the past, they have provided for significant tax savings. Prior to 2016, [...]

January 11th, 2016|

Vogel LLP Names New Managing Partner

Vogel LLP is pleased to announce that Medina Shatz has been named Managing Partner, effective January 1. Medina has been with Vogel LLP since 2002, and has been a Partner since 2012. Back to News »

January 5th, 2016|

Professional Athletes and Support Awards

Two recent high profile support cases involving professional athletes have highlighted how the courts deal with high income earners. National Hockey League star Duncan Keith recently had a British Columbia Court throw out his ex-wife's claim for $150,000 in monthly interim support. Kelly Keith had sought a massive spousal support award along with $69,000 per [...]

December 31st, 2015|

What is Collaborative Law? How Does it Work?

Separation and divorce can be difficult for the couples and families involved. One option available to separating and/or divorcing parties is to use the collaborative law process. The collaborative law process is an out-of-court process that enables separating or divorcing spouses to create their own settlement with the support of specially trained collaborative lawyers and [...]

December 7th, 2015|

Case Management: The Pros and Cons

Are you involved in a high-conflict custody battle? Are you finding yourself in court frequently? If so, you may already know that family court applications are typically heard first in what is called Morning Chambers, which in Calgary (Court of Queen’s Bench) occurs every weekday commencing at 10:00 a.m. Many matters are scheduled for each [...]

November 27th, 2015|

Clean Hands: Effect on Equitable Remedy

The Doctrine of Clean Hands is one which has been brought to both represented and non-represented litigants' attention recently. What is this doctrine you may ask? It is fairly simple and just as it sounds: that a person appearing in court to ask for a remedy or order to be granted, must be free from [...]

November 17th, 2015|

How The Court Defines An Unmarried Couple

We are seeing more and more couples opting to not get married and instead live together in what is often described as a "common law" relationship. In Alberta the Adult Interdependent Relationships Act (AIRA) helps the court define those relationships that are not married but could be construed as being "like marriage." When the relationship [...]

November 3rd, 2015|

Family Law’s Newest Addition – Revised Practice Note 2

The Family Law Practice Note 2 includes procedures for scheduling applications in Family Chambers, the materials that parties must file in these applications and the filing deadlines for Special Chambers applications. But the new version of the Family Law Practice Note 2 that comes into effect October 1, 2015, is 13 pages (as opposed to [...]

September 28th, 2015|