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Parenting Disputes: Expert Involvement is Not Always Necessary

Oct 20, 2020

Parenting issues are some of the most difficult issues faced by separating parents. The “best interest of the child” is the guiding principal for determining how decision making and parenting […]


Series: Changes to the Divorce Act of Canada – Contact Orders

Sep 22, 2020

This is the last in a series of posts covering amendments and updates to the Divorce Act of Canada that come into effect March of 2021. From time to time, […]


Series: Changes to the Divorce Act of Canada – Family Violence

Sep 10, 2020

This is the third in a series of posts covering amendments and updates to the Divorce Act of Canada that come into effect March of 2021. Our previous post in […]


Series: Changes to the Divorce Act of Canada – New Relocation Provisions

Jun 25, 2020

This is the second in a series of posts covering amendments and updates to the Divorce Act of Canada that come into effect March of 2021. Our previous post in […]


Series: Changes to the Divorce Act of Canada – Best Interest of the Child

Jun 05, 2020

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Divorce Act of Canada is being amended and modernized.  SVR Family Lawyers takes you through some of the most significant changes in this […]


Family Court: Update on Court Closure Covid-19

Apr 21, 2020

A month has now passed since the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and Provincial Court made the decision to suspend all but emergency and urgent court appearances, indefinitely.  We previously outlined what matters […]


Child Support and Covid-19

Apr 20, 2020

We are approximately a month into the pandemic. As parents are attempting to settle into the new normal, they still face uncertainties regarding their current and future financial circumstances. Unfortunately […]


How does COVID-19 and the social distancing public health orders impact your parenting schedule?

Apr 02, 2020

As this is unchartered territory, we have limited guidance from the Courts so far on how, or if, the social distancing mandates affect parenting schedules. Each family’s circumstances are specific […]


Court of Queen’s Bench Suspends Most Court Appearances: Covid-19

Apr 01, 2020

In effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench has suspended most court appearances for an undetermined period of time. The exception to the suspension […]


Guidelines for Co-Parenting During Covid-19

Mar 19, 2020

The AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts) and AAML (American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers) have drafted the following guidelines designed to assist divorced and separated co-parents during the current […]


Stacey Lee, Family Lawyer: Featured in My Business Magazine Sept 2019

Oct 28, 2019

“Helping People Navigate Difficult Times”


Child Support and Financial Disclosure Obligations

Jul 09, 2019

The Provincial and Federal Child Support Guidelines are intended to establish a fair standard of support for children and ensure that children continue to benefit from the financial means of […]


Legal Rights Changing for “Common Law” Couples

Jul 03, 2019

The new Family Property Act specifies when unmarried couples will be deemed to be in a ‘common law’ relationship and how the couples’ property will be divided if the relationship […]


Keeping Contact – Legal Options for Relatives Cut Off from Minor Children

Feb 14, 2019

Conflicts between parents over custody and parenting time are a well-known and common consequence of separation and divorce. But what legal options do grandparents and other family members have when […]


Child support for adult children with disabilities improves with passing of Bill 28

Dec 05, 2018

It was a very special day at the Alberta legislature on December 4th, as Bill 28 was passed in to law. In 2017, Janet Russell, QC, started an action on behalf […]