Posts by Dane Tousignant

Finances After Divorce – buying or renting a new home

By on April 5, 2017 | Divorce

Usually a separation means that someone needs to find a new place to live.  The New York Times has a useful tool for looking at the long-term costs of renting versus buying.   You may find this tool useful if you are looking for new accommodation for yourself, but it can also be useful […]

Family Maintenance Enforcement Programs & Cost Awards in Alberta

By on March 9, 2017 | Uncategorized

Our courts generally award some additional money to whomever is more successful in their litigation as costs.  This is designed to discourage litigating losing cases.  But enforcing a cost award can be more trouble than it is worth, and many cost awards don’t ever get paid. When awarded costs people tend to do one of […]

Dower Act Misery

By on February 16, 2017 | Marriage

An interesting case out this month, where a husband’s failure to follow the Dower Act cost him $75,000 and his house. The Dower Act is a 100-year-old relic of a time when women had to be protected in case their husbands gave the family farm away in his will or sold the family home and […]

Delays for court dates

By on October 18, 2016 | Divorce

For those of you who are considering litigation, the current wait times for hearings in Calgary are as follows: (20 minute) Justice chambers: none to minimal (1-2 days) 1 hour domestic special: 6 months ½ day domestic special: 13 months Justice Chambers (AKA Morning Chambers) is a relief valve for emergency matters, consent orders, ex-parte […]

Grounds for Divorce

By on October 18, 2016 | Divorce

Grounds for Divorce First a note regarding terminology: a divorce is the legal termination of a marriage, a separation is the termination of parties cohabitating as man and wife.  A separated couple can be separate under one roof or can be living at different addresses, and it is possible for a non-separated couple to live […]



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