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FAMILY PROPERTY ACT BRINGS SIGNIFICANT CHANGES FOR BOTH UNMARRIED AND MARRIED COUPLES

January 14th, 2020|

Alberta has long been one of the few Canadian provinces which treat unmarried couples differently than married couples when it comes to the division of property upon the end of the relationship. As of January 1, 2020, that is no longer the case. On January 1, 2020, Alberta’s Matrimonial Property Act (“MPA”), which applied only to married couples, was renamed the Family Property Act (“FPA”) and, along with that name change came the inclusion within the FPA of “adult interdependent partners”, as well as significant modifications to the law [...]

Alberta Impaired Driving Law Changes of December 18, 2018

December 30th, 2019|

The changes the federal government made on December 18, 2018 are arguably the most radical changes since 1969, when breath-testing for alcohol on a large scale became possible and the offence of “over 80” made its debut in the Criminal Code. For the first time, police can require a motorist, under pain of prosecution, to provide a sample of breath into a screening device without having any reason to believe the person is under the influence of alcohol or even suspect the person has consumed alcohol. The request can [...]

Language Rights in Alberta

December 20th, 2019|

I was sitting in court on Friday, waiting for the Court of Queen's Bench Appearance Court to start when the presiding justice, Chief Justice Moreau, played a recording for everyone. The recording outlined, in French and English, how everyone has the right to have their trials conducted in either of the official languages. This was new! Some people in court appeared surprised but this is just the latest positive change we are seeing for language rights in Alberta. In an 18 page decision, R v Vaillancourt (written in French [...]

An Anniversary and a Time for Reflection

December 18th, 2019|

This time last year we were trying to anticipate what the new Criminal Code amendments to the laws on impaired driving would mean for our clients. Our lawyers have been kept very busy since the new laws took effect on December 18, 2018. As we approach the one-year anniversary of the amendments, Gunn Law Group is taking this time to look back at how the amendments have played out and what we may expect in the future. The introduction of mandatory alcohol screening (referred to as the MAS demand) [...]

COURT RECOGNITION OF THE COLLABORATIVE LAW PROCESS

December 6th, 2019|

On December 5, 2019, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench issued an official announcement that Collaborative Law Processes will now officially qualify as an alternative dispute resolution service that the Courts will recognize as meeting their requirements. Among other things, the announcement stated, “A Collaborative Law Process is hereby designated a dispute resolution process for the purpose of Rule 4.16(1) and the Mandatory ADR Rules”. This is a historic moment in Alberta. The Court of Queen’s Bench’s announcement is further evidence of the shift that has been happening in [...]

EDMONTON DIVORCE LAWYERS DISCUSS WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER MEDIATION

July 7th, 2019|

If you are going through separation or divorce and considering litigation to resolve your family law issues, you may wish to consider mediation as an alternative to going to court. Mediation is almost always less expensive and faster than litigation, and it also offers a host of other potential benefits. The seasoned divorce lawyers at Gunn Law Group in Edmonton, Alberta prepared this article to explain the mediation process and highlight the advantages of using mediation to resolve family law disputes. What is mediation? Mediation is a way of [...]

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