What’s The Difference Between Marriage & Common Law?

Posted by heritagelawoffices on Mar 7, 2020 in Blog, Family Law

It’s a common question – what’s the difference between being married and being in a common-law relationship? While there are many similarities, there are some differences that are worth noting! Read on for Heritage Law’s guide to the two relationship types and how they differ from one another. Common-Law (Adult Interdependent Relationship) In Alberta, a…Read More Here!

What is an Uncontested Divorce?

Posted by heritagelaw on Feb 3, 2020 in Blog, Family Law

Did you know that 4 out of 10 first time marriages in Canada end in divorce? No matter the reason for ending a marriage, most couples seek to do so in a way that is easy and stress free. As long as you and your spouse can be respectful of each other, it is possible…Read More Here!

What Does a Family Lawyer Do?

Posted by heritagelawoffices on Nov 24, 2019 in Blog, Family Law

When searching for a lawyer, diving into seemingly endless listings and online reviews can be overwhelming. The first step is to identify what field of law your lawyer should practice– from advertising to water, law covers it all… including family! Family law may sound like an afternoon playing “courtroom” with the kids, but it is…Read More Here!

What Rights Do Non-Romantic Adult Interdependent Relationships Have?

Posted by heritagelawoffices on Feb 7, 2019 in Blog, Family Law

The introduction of the Adult Interdependent Relationships Act provides a legal recognition of the relationship between two people who are not married. However, in order for the relationship to be recognized by law, it must meet certain characteristics. One of the most common misunderstandings is people assume an adult interdependent relationship must be romantic, when…Read More Here!

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE: Common Law vs. Adult Interdependent Relationship

Posted by heritagelawoffices on Feb 2, 2019 in Blog, Family Law

With diverse relationships and nontraditional living arrangements becoming the norm, there are more and more questions about the laws surrounding cohabitation. “Common law” is a household term for a couple that has lived together long-term but is not legally married. In Alberta, “common law” has been considered outdated ever since the Adult Interdependent Relationships Act…Read More Here!

Palimony: A Legal Option for Unmarried Couples

Posted by heritagelawoffices on Jan 7, 2019 in Blog, Family Law

Palimony is essentially alimony for unmarried couples who have been living together for a period of time. These alimony-like support payments are sometimes made available to unmarried couples who have decided to separate. Whether it’s monthly payments or one lump sum, it’s worth chatting with your lawyer to see how palimony works in your province….Read More Here!

Unmarried Couples Buying Property Together

Posted by heritagelawoffices on Nov 1, 2018 in Blog, Family Law, Real Estate Law

As a couple, you may have the combined funds or borrowing power to acquire a property, but just because you can does not mean you should! You must compare you and your partner’s plans for the future, as well as your individual earning potential and any savings you are bringing to the table. Buying a property…Read More Here!

6 Legal Benefits of Getting Married

Posted by heritagelawoffices on Oct 15, 2018 in Blog, Family Law

Getting hitched, tying the knot, making it official– these are just some of the diverse terms used to colourfully describe the legal act of marriage. Whether you have a blowout wedding reception or an exotic elopement, if you reside in Alberta you are obligated to sign a marriage certificate if you wish to be considered…Read More Here!

Traveling Abroad with Children: Consent Letters & Custody

Posted by heritagelawoffices on Apr 30, 2018 in Blog, Family Law

Legally, Canada considers a child to be anyone under the age of 18 or 19 (depending on the province or territory of residence). Due to modern lifestyles and the shrinking world, Canadian children of all ages are able to experience almost all forms of travel and exploration. It is truly an amazing time to be…Read More Here!

History of Prenuptial Agreements

Posted by heritagelawoffices on Mar 5, 2018 in Blog, Family Law

You may not think it, but the first prenuptial agreement of which we have record goes back two millennia and was written with hieroglyphs! While divorce, settlements and alimony seem like modern problems– they very well could have existed hand-in-hand with the practice of lifelong commitment. Likewise prenuptial agreements have their roots in ancient civilizations,…Read More Here!