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Spousal Support in Edmonton

Robert M. Kassian has decades of experience dealing with spousal support in Edmonton.

Spousal support can be really confusing and seemingly stressful at times. Spousal Support can be ordered for both married or common law partners. In Canada, negotiation in such cases is allowed. The amount of spousal support may be affected in cases where a property division is to take place. Spousal support can be compensated either as a lump sum or a monthly payment. Depending upon which case, you may or may not be entitled to a tax deduction.  If you have a cohabitation or prenuptial agreement, you may be liable to pay due to the contract. The area of spousal support can be highly complicated, and it would be in the person’s best interest to consult with counsel as soon as possible. If you want to have a consultation on spousal support in Edmonton, feel free to contact us.

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Cohabitation Agreements in Edmonton

As of January 1, 2020, the new “Family Property Act” came into force in the Province of Alberta. This Act fundamentally changed the law concerning property rights and Common Law parties.

Although the courts now statutorily recognize the Act as Common Law property rights, this does not clarify how the courts interpret the new law’s provisions.

It is important to consult experienced Counsel as soon as possible to protect your property rights, secure significant evidence that may be lost or destroyed, and construct a clear record of events that may fade or be lost due to fading memories over time.

There are also new limitations on commencement and the prosecution of property cases, which may prejudice or ultimately deny or dismiss your claim.

There are substantial advantages to the creation of a cohabitation agreement pursuant to the adult independent partnership act. When a relationship breaks down, a properly drafted cohabitation agreement helps to reduce conflict, stress, emotional turmoil and legal costs. While most marital laws set our property division 50/50, there are provisions for pre-marital assets and exemptions in most provinces so that you may have partial protection in this regard.

Regarding the case of an unmarried Ontario couple, a wealthy businessman has to pay more than $50,000 a month in spousal support for 10 years to a woman with whom he had a long-term romantic relationship even though they kept separate homes and had no children together.  It becomes crucial for common-law partners to enter into cohabitation agreements for their benefit. If you want to be sure that you are fully protected, you should consider a cohabitation agreement.

Call us to learn more about cohabitation agreements and the importance of opting for one.

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