Property division laws for two people living in a relationship of interdependence, such as a common-law couple, changed on January 1, 2020.
In Alberta, when a married couple divorces, both spouses are entitled to a portion of the marital property according to the Matrimonial Property Act, RSA 2000, c M-8. This legislation provides the courts the framework for the distribution of marital property between spouses.
Before January 1, 2020, this did not apply to common-law couples. The Matrimonial Property Act only applied to married spouses or former married spouses. But now most Canadian jurisdictions, including Alberta, recognize that persons in common-law relationships, or "Adult Interdependent Relationship," are entitled to property division rights if the relationship breaks down.
Bill 28, the Family Statutes Amendment Act, 2018, received approval on December 11,...
Honour and Remember
Remembrance Day is a day all Canadians remember the men and women who served and sacrificed for our great country. It is a day we pause, give thanks, and remember.
Since 1931 the Remembrance Day Ceremony has played a significant role in Canadian history. Every year, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we gather together in our city halls, schools, memorial parks, community halls, workplaces, and our homes. And we take a moment to honour those who have served. During a minute of silence, we acknowledge sacrifices made, remember those who have fallen, and recognize the courage of those who still serve.
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As winter inches closer, now’s the time to prepare by repairing your home. Repairs you make now will pay off tremendously in the future. Ensuring that your home’s cold-weather systems are running efficiently will save you money and major headaches in the long run.
1. DRAIN THE HOSE
Watering season is over, but you’re not done with your outdoor watering system quite yet. To avoid cracked hoses and burst faucets over the winter, turn off water valves in your home and drain all remaining water from the taps and hoses. Tip: Unrolling the hose down a gentle slope will let the water run out completely.
Happy Father's Day to All Dads
With Father's Day coming soon, we need to start thinking about the greatest ways to express gratitude to our dads. As well as the usual card or gift, you may want to post a shout-out to him on your social media. Because of course, all dads deserve to be honoured.
Father's Day only happens once a year, and gives you the perfect opportunity to acknowledge your dad and tell him how special he is to you. Take this time to find the words either in a message or in a card that lets your dad know that you appreciate him throughout the year.
He has made many sacrifices in his life to provide for you. There has been so many times that he has been there for you. And you may not necessarily said thank...
Mom - Mother - Mum - Mama
Mother’s Day is coming this weekend. You know you want to honour your Mom for all that she’s done for you in your lifetime but maybe you’re feeling you just don’t know where to begin. Oh oh guilt starts creeping in.
Honouring another human being is not about feeling guilty. It’s about standing for what you know about them. What makes them feel alive? Put your complete attention on your Mom. Really get to know your Mom.
What if you just spent an hour listening to your Mom?
Ask open ended questions, get curious like the child...