Category: Child Support

Family Mediation in British Columbia and Alberta

By on January 11, 2015 | Child Support, Divorce, Uncategorized

The mediation of family law issues remains the most cost effective method of reaching settlement of the issues child custody and parenting, child and spousal support, and the division of family property on separation and divorce.  I have been mediating these issues for separated parties for over 10 years. I offer mediation services in both […]

Determining income for child support

By on December 29, 2014 | Child Support, Divorce, Uncategorized

Calculating income for child support is often misunderstood.  Many times I have heard that we look only at “employment income”, “total income”, “T4 income” or “Line 150 income”.  Unfortunately, this simplified method of calculating income is not correct; the Federal Child Support Guidelines requires an analysis of all income available from which child support can […]

Family Law Mediation

By on December 19, 2014 | Child Support, Divorce, Marriage, Uncategorized

Mediation is an effective and amicable way to reach settlement of the legal issues arising from separation.  The mediator is a neutral professional who assists separated spouses in focusing on problem solving, making appropriate and reasonable compromises, and reaching settlements that meet their needs in ways unavailable in a courtroom. While mediators are not required […]

Shared Parenting is not a legal right

By on September 24, 2014 | Child Support, Divorce, Uncategorized

The Divorce Act of Canada has one legal test when it comes to decisions over children and their care – what is in the best interests of the children?  This principle is the mandatory and legislated basis of any decision made by a judge when deciding custody, access, parenting, or anything else related to children […]

The real costs of court and litigation

By on June 22, 2014 | Child Support, Divorce, Marriage, Restraining Orders

Canadian Lawyer Magazine ( published the results of their legal fees survey in the June 2014 edition of their magazine.  The broke down the cost of legal fees by area in Canada, area of law, and provided minimum – average – maximum ranges. What I find compelling is the difference in legal fees for contested […]

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