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Author Archives: Micah Chartrand

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Oops – Mistakes in Contracts

All family law contracts should be negotiated in good faith. There must be a clear “meeting of the minds” in forming a contract to ensure each party gives and receives exactly what he or she bargained for. That is not … Continue reading

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Hurdles to Undue Hardship

The Province has fallen on hard economic times, which has, for many, reduced cash flow for the purpose of child support. Payor parents who have lost their jobs may apply for a variation in child support, but financial hardship may … Continue reading

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The Red Flag in Family Law Proceedings

Understandably, it is not uncommon for separating couples to push each other’s buttons.  In many cases, mild to moderate conflict subsides over time, and as long as children are not exposed to that conflict, families generally overcome the challenges of … Continue reading

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“Merry Kwanzmas, Jimmy!” Children’s religion in separated families

Canadian courts have acknowledged that children benefit from exposure to the religion, culture, and experiences of both parents. However, it is not uncommon for parents to disagree on which religious practices their children will observe post separation. Some parents will … Continue reading

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(Far from) Perfect Stranger: Standing for Guardianship under Alberta Law

One shudders to think of living in a society where almost any individual could form a strong bond with a child and, because of that bond, swoop in and wrest guardianship rights away from that child’s lawful guardian. In such … Continue reading

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