In any type of law but especially family law, emails, texts and Facebooks posts and messages get attached to Affidavits as evidence of things said and the tone between two parties. Remember before you hit send to review what you said and how you said it to ensure you would be comfortable with the court reading it.
There are programs like Our Family Wizard that not only keep great logs of communications, but for an extra fee can monitor the tone of your messages to make you aware of some phrases or words that can increase conflict. There are also high conflict communication experts who can be hired to reword and rewrite emails to ensure no inflammatory language is included and therefore allowing the parties to deal with the issues about their children and not the language used.
If you ever have a question as to whether or not an email should be sent, err on the side of caution and consult your lawyer.
Allison is an Associate Lawyer with Rowanoak Law Office.
On February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada made a significant decision in Carter v. Canada that changed the prohibition against medically assisted death. It was illegal for someone to assist in your death if that was your choice. The Court held that the Criminal Code violated the constitutional rights of certain grievously and irremediably ill adult individuals.
After the decision, both the federal government and the provincial governments worked at implementing the new law to what we have today. A person who meets specific criteria can now have their death assisted by a physician or nurse practitioner.
The new law and processes to support it may not be perfect. It may be controversial to some people. It has support by others. It has objections by others. Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum being informed is the best approach. To learn more, check out some of the resources below.
For more detailed information, check out the Government of Canada’s website at https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/medical-assistance-dying.html
For more information, forms and resources check out the Provincial Governments website at http://www.health.alberta.ca/health-info/medical-assistance-dying.html
For contact sources check out the Alberta Health Services website at https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/Page13497.aspx
Kelly is a Partner at Rowanoak Law Office.
Step-parents may be obligated to pay child support to step-children they had during the relationship, depending on the extent of their involvement with the child(ren) during the relationship, and the extent of child support being paid by the biological parent.
The following two cases outline the factors that will be assessed by the court in determining this:
For a quick review, begin reading at paragraph 21 of Omeltchenko and paragraph 6 of Gilchrist.
Jenna is an Associate with Rowanoak Law Office LLP
The Alberta Law Reform Institute has released a Report in regard to whether there should be legislated property division rules for common-law couples. The Report also recommends changes to the law for married couples who lived together before marriage, and for adult interdependent partners who are not common law couples.
A link to the webpage is below and there is a further link on that page to the Report.
Chris is an Associate with Rowanoak Law Office LLP.