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Love the “Wine” You’re With

Emily Gajda In a recent decision out of the United Kingdom, Antonio v. Rokos, [2016] EWHC 520 (Fam) (“Antonio v. Rokos”), an English Court commented on the reasonableness of a wife’s annual budget for wine. In Antonio v. Rokos, the divorcing couple had a 7-year old child together. The husband, who had assets totaling over [...]

December 12th, 2017|

Two Approaches to Grandparent Access

Andy Hayher The issue of grandparents and access was recently revisited by the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal in Simmons v. Simmons. In this case a three year-old boy had lost his father to cancer. Prior to his death, thechild had frequent contact with his paternal grandparents. After his father’s death conflict arose between the [...]

December 5th, 2017|

Alienation or Enmeshment? Important Differences for Intervention

Brett Coleman Allegations of parental alienation are common in high-conflict custody & parenting litigation. Children often experience difficulty adjusting to all of the changes associated with their parents’ separation, which adds to and complicates the changing family dynamic. Sometimes, children have a hard time developing healthy post-separation relationships with both parents, due to the circumstances [...]

November 28th, 2017|

Vogel LLP Successful at Alberta’s Top Court in Important Decision for Non-Married Couples

Vogel LLP Partner, Andy Hayher, was successful at the Alberta Court of Appeal in a decision that could have wide implications for non-married couples and the distribution of property that they have accumulated. In Buchner v. Long the Alberta Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta which found that [...]

November 21st, 2017|

Update to the Federal Child Support Guidelines

Emily GajdaThe Federal Child Support tables (the “tables”) set out the basic monthly amounts of child support under the Federal Child Support Guidelines (the “Guidelines”). The Guidelines are a government-created tool that set out the basic amount of child support payable by parents after divorce or separation. The Guidelines and the corresponding tables have been [...]

November 21st, 2017|

Distracted Driving: iPhone’s Recent Update

Doug Perras I recently updated my iPhone to iOS 11.0.3. As part of the update my phone now was programmed to block certain functions while driving. Blocked activity includes all notifications, texts, posts and tweets. In addition, the screen remains dark while driving.1 Although this is an interesting feature I can’t help but wonder if [...]

November 14th, 2017|

Access to Court Files in Family Law Proceedings

Family Law Practice Note 10, effective October 15, 2017, has the potential to drastically reduce the public’s access to Family Law Court Files. Although anyone may access the procedure card and scheduling information, the remainder of the Court File, including orders, affidavits, transcripts, etc. can only be accessed by the following persons: “A party to [...]

November 10th, 2017|

Civil Contempt – Risk for Family Law Litigants

Medina Shatz What if there is an Order setting out custody and parenting and one of the parents refuses to comply with the Order? Is a finding of civil contempt - when the sanctions can include fines or imprisonment - an appropriate remedy when parenting is the issue? Associate Chief Justice J.D. Rooke, of the [...]

October 31st, 2017|

Financial Disclosure in Family Law

In any case dealing with child support, spousal support or the division of matrimonial property, the first step for the parties to take is to exchange financial disclosure. This is a daunting and uncomfortable task for many individuals, as they are required to share their income tax returns, pay stubs, financial statements, bank account statements, [...]

October 24th, 2017|