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Divorce: Helping to Save Children From Being Damaged in the “Breakup Earthquake”

Children: The Biggest Losers in Divorce Children are often the biggest losers in Divorce. With great appreciation to Beryl McNeil, the Alberta Government and the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, comes a short video called, “The Breakup Earthquake” providing some simple, but insightful guidance to help parents in a family breakdown reduce potential long-term harm to […]

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Joint Title: Casually Giving Away Matrimonial Property Exemptions

Are you giving away hundreds of thousands of dollars in exemptions under the Matrimonial Property Act? This past month I gave a presentation to lawyers regarding Family Law and Divorce in Alberta.  The seminar was on behalf of the Legal Education Society of Alberta.  The presentation was pretty wide-ranging, but if there was one point […]

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Divorce: Dangers of International Travel

How Safe is a Divorce “Travel Letter”? Are you divorced or separated? The case of a Calgary mother having her daughter taken to Iran without her knowledge highlights concerns over intentional travel post-separation or divorce.  The mother in that case did not agree for her child to travel outside of Canada, but unbeknownst to her, […]

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Distracted Driving Law in Alberta

Being new to the legal profession, I find that my friends and family (and just about everybody I have ever met), ask me about different legal issues. One of the most common issues I am asked about is the new distracted driving laws, so here it goes: Communication: A driver cannot hold, view, or manipulate […]

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What is a Common Law Relationship in Alberta?

People talk about being in a Common Law relationship, but what does it really mean? I will provide a brief explanation of what being in a “Common Law Relationship” in Alberta really is. “Common Law” Rights versus Statutory Rights: The term “Common-law Marriage” arises from a concept created by the courts whereby, if you have […]

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Rob Harvie – Guest Blogger With National Self-Represented Litigants Project

Huckvale lawyer, Rob Harvie, is an Advisory Board Member with the National Self-Represented Litigants Project.  In conjunction with this role, he assisted in carrying out a brief survey of Access to Justice efforts and the extent to which they include the voice of actual consumers of legal services in responding to the difficulties of accessing […]

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New Collaborative Divorce Website in Lethbridge

Just a quick recommendation to check out the new website for Lethbridge Collaborative Divorce professionals – www.bridgecollab.com. The site has a quick description of what collaborative divorce is, has links to collaborative lawyers, financial and mental health professionals, links to other Collaborative information and a Blog. Four members of Huckvale LLP are in the list […]

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Self Represented Litigants – Lawyer Delivery Lagging?

The most recent Lawyers Weekly contains an article describing the new Public Navigator Project being unveiled by the Nova Scotia Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia. According to the article, the Project seeks to train non-lawyers to provide navigation assistance for Self Represented Litigants working their way through the judicial system. As also pointed out […]

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Matrimonial Property and Ex-Juris Assets (Or “Debtor’s Prison Making a Comeback”)

(Originally submitted to the Legal Education Society of Alberta, for presentation at the Advanced Matrimonial Property LESA Program, January 2016) Now, more than ever, we live in a mobile society. The world today is much smaller than it was 50 years ago. As a result, in recent years, Canadian courts and the legal profession have […]

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