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The Matrimonial Home, Report for Discussion 14


This report discusses potential changes to the Dower Act and the Matrimonial Property Act. The Dower Act was created with the intent of supporting widows after the death of their husbands, by providing them with ownership, for the remainder of their lives, of the matrimonial home. This report investigates ways in which that intended support can be continued, given modern complexities. The report also considers situations in which, after a divorce or separation, a spouse can obtain occupation of the […]

AREA OF LAW Family Law Marriage & Divorce
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March 2, 1995

Effect of Divorce on Wills, Final Report 72


In Alberta, divorce has no effect on a will made during marriage. If a person has made a will that leaves everything to their spouse, the will is not automatically revoked or otherwise affected by a subsequent divorce. If the person who made the will dies without changing their will or remarrying, everything would go to their former spouse in accordance with the pre-divorce will. In many Canadian and foreign jurisdictions the result would be […]

AREA OF LAW Wills and Succession Family Law Marriage & Divorce
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November 1, 1994

Court-Connected Family Mediation Programs , Research Paper 20in Canada


This paper addresses the use of (non-litigated) mediation as an adjunct to litigation within the court system. The paper surveys: the mediation process (as it was at the time of publication), with a discussion of its advantages and disadvantages compared to litigation; the different mediation programs available (at the time of publication); descriptions of child-protection mediation programs released immediately prior to publication in British Columbia and Nova Scotia; and the empirical effectiveness of mediation programs […]

AREA OF LAW Administration of Justice Family Law Marriage & Divorce
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May 3, 1994

The Domestic Relations Act (DRA) – Phase 1. Family Relationships: Obsolete Actions, Final Report 65


With the changes in attitude toward marriage and family that have occurred over past decades many provisions of the Domestic Relations Act have become outmoded. This report recommends the abolition of six obsolete matrimonial actions: restitution of conjugal rights, judicial separation, damages in tort for adultery, enticement or harbouring a spouse; damages in tort for harbouring of a child, damages in contract for breach of a promise of marriage, and jactitation of marriage. This report also recommends […]

AREA OF LAW Children Family Law Marriage & Divorce
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March 29, 1993

Division of Canada Pension Plan Credits in Alberta, Final Report 58


The Canada Pension Plan Act, RSC 1985, c C-8, as amended in 1987, allowed that on the appropriate minister being informed of a divorce, the total Canada Pension Plan (“CPP”) credits accumulated by both spouses through the course of the marriage would be split evenly between both ex-spouses. These amendments reflected a desire to protect women who, because of their unpaid contributions within the home, had historically suffered greater poverty in retirement than men. However, […]

AREA OF LAW Family Law Marriage & Divorce
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November 1, 1990

Section 16 of the Matrimonial Property Act, Final Report 57


Section 16 of the Matrimonial Property Act, RSA 1980, c M-9, stated that the rights of a person who started a property action against a spouse did not survive that person’s death, and thus the action could not be continued by his or her estate. This was based on the legal policy that matrimonial property should be available for the use of a surviving spouse. This report notes that, in practice, this section led to […]

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ENACTMENT

Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 1991, SA 1991, c 21, s 24 amending the Matrimonial Property Act (now RSA 2000, c M-8, s 16).

March 1, 1990

Towards Reform of the Law Relating to Cohabitation Outside Marriage, Final Report 53


This report addresses the position (at the time of its writing) of opposite-sex couples living together on a domestic basis without a legal marriage. Since these partnerships carry many of the same responsibilities as marriage partnerships, the report suggests that they be afforded similar (but not identical) protections under the law. Twenty-one recommendations are provided here, with the majority opinions falling roughly into the following categories: – Non-married opposite-sex cohabitants should have an official status, […]

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June 1, 1989

Towards Reform of the Law Relating to Cohabitation Outside Marriage, Issues Paper 2


Although at the time of the publication of this report, many aspects of legal marriages were regulated by both statute and the common law, cohabitation between unmarried couples was not. This paper addresses the issue of the law as related to heterosexual cohabiting couples (homosexual couples and purely economic relationships were not addressed) by reviewing the (then-current) law in Alberta, as well as raising several legal issues that needed to be considered regarding cohabiting couples. […]

AREA OF LAW Family Law Marriage & Divorce
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October 4, 1987

Survey of Adult Living Arrangements: A Technical Report, Research Paper 15


This paper is a survey of issues related to couples living together outside of marriage. It addresses the attitudes of non-maritally cohabitants toward relevant legal issues, the reasons that the couples chose to nonmaritally cohabitate, and the reasons that they chose to continue living that way. The survey also addresses the socio-economic characteristics of non-married and married cohabitants, as well as the characteristics of their family life.

AREA OF LAW Family Law Marriage & Divorce
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November 3, 1984

Conference Materials, International Invitational Conference on Matrimonial and Child Support, 27-30 May 1981, Research Paper 14


This report is a summary of a conference held to discuss the results of Research Paper #13, Matrimonial Support Failures: Reasons, Profiles and Perceptions of Individuals Involved. The report includes four speeches given at that conference, viz.: “Paying of Maintenance in Sweden,” by Anders Agell; “Matrimonial Support Failures: Reasons, Profiles, and Perceptions of Individuals Involved, a Commentary,” by Judith Cassetty; “Maintenance in Britain,” by Colin Gibson; and “The Economics of Divorce: Social and Economic Consequences […]

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October 3, 1982