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Family Law Project – The Conclusion, Final Report 93


This report sets out the process by which ALRI has proposed rules for the revision of the Alberta Rules of Court. The Rules of Court Committee requested ALRI to review the Alberta Rules of Court. The ultimate goal of the project was to produce clear, more useable and more effective Rules. Other goals included increased fairness, timeliness, cost effectiveness and accessibility. Through extensive consultation, ALRI created a list of proposed Rules. They are arranged in […]

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June 29, 2004

Family Law v. 18.3–Child Support, Report for Discussion 18.3


This report was written to address five concerns about child support law at the time of its publication, viz.: the inadequacy of child support awarded; inconsistency of award between similar families; inefficiency in assessment; inequality based on “legitimacy” of birth; and unaddressed complexities based on the inter-relation between spousal support, custody of children, and child support. This report expounds recommendations for a new approach to child support, which is meant to foster equality for all […]

AREA OF LAW Children Family Law Marriage & Divorce
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October 2, 1998

Family Law v. 18.2–Spousal Support, Report for Discussion 18.2


At the time of publication, Alberta’s law relating to spousal support after a divorce was unique in Canada, in that it incorporated the “fault doctrine.” This doctrine holds that in order to obtain support, a spouse must prove that he or she is the “innocent party” in the divorce (i.e., not responsible for the marriage breakdown), and that the other spouse is culpable (i.e., responsible for the marriage breakdown). This report suggests the elimination of […]

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Status of Children: Revised Report, Final Report 60


This report is a reissue and update from of Report 20, Status of Children, June 1976. The report provided detailed reasons and recommends that there will be one status for all children; that the legal relationship of child and parent be dependent on their biological relationship; that with the exception of parental guardianship, all rights and obligations of the child born out of wedlock, of a parent, or of any other person be determined in […]

AREA OF LAW Wills and Succession Children Family Law
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May 29, 1991

Status of Children: Revised Report, Final Report 45


This report is a reissue and update from of Report 20, Status of Children, June 1976. The report provided detailed reasons and recommends that there will be one status for all children; that the legal relationship of child and parent be dependent on their biological relationship; that with the exception of parental guardianship, all rights and obligations of the child born out of wedlock, of a parent, or of any other person be determined in […]

AREA OF LAW Children Family Law
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ENACTMENT

Substantially enacted, pursuant to the recommendations in Report 60 by the Family and Domestic Relations Statutes Amendment Act, 1991, SA 1991, c 11 amending the Domestic Relations Act (now RSA 2000, c D-14, ss 50(1), 77-84); the Family Relief Act (now RSA 2000, c F-4, s 1(b)); and the Intestate Succession Act (now RSA 2000, c I-10, s 1(b)).

November 1, 1985

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

Matrimonial Support Failures: Reasons, Profiles and Perceptions of Individuals Involved: Volume 1 Summary Report, Volume 2 Technical Reports, Research Paper 13


This report was created in order to aid the reform of the matrimonial and child support system in Alberta. Before its publication, there was little data regarding the reasons for failure in the (then) extant system. The report analyzes data from the Supreme Court (now Court of Queen’s Bench) in Edmonton and Calgary, the Family Courts in Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, and Grande Prairie, door-to-door surveys of those involved with maintenance orders, and a study of […]

AREA OF LAW Family Law Marriage & Divorce
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March 3, 1981

Family Law Administration: the Unified Family Court, Final Report 25


This report was created to make specific recommendations towards the creation of a family law section of the Trial Division of the Supreme Court of Alberta. This report does not contain draft legislation for a unified family court and deals only with the structure of the court itself. Court services are addressed in Report No. 26, Family Law Administration: Court Services. The report canvasses developments in other provinces, and discusses why there is a need […]

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April 1, 1978

Matrimonial Support, Final Report 27


This report addresses the law of financial support between husband and wife insofar as it falls under the legislative jurisdiction of the province. The report contains a draft of the proposed Act, which would give effect to the institute’s recommendations. The report covers the substantive law that establishes and regulates the support obligation between husband and wife. It reviews the process by which the existence of the obligation is established and quantified in a particular […]

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ENACTMENT

The Domestic Relations Amendment Act, 1977, SA 1977, c 64 (now Maintenance Enforcement Act, RSA 2000, c M-1), establishing a collection service for support orders which is generally consistent with though different in detail from our recommendations, and providing improved collection procedures which are similar to but in several particulars more stringent than our proposals); The Social Development Amendment Act, 1977 (No. 2), SA 1977, c 92 (now Social Development Act, RSA 2000, c S-12, ss .14, 15); The Consumer and Corporate Affairs Statutes Amendment Act, 1978, SA 1978, c 49, s 2 amending the Debtors’ Assistance Act (now RSA 2000, c D-6, ss 3(2), 3(3), 4(e)-(f), (6)). (Our proposals for change in the substantive law have not yet been implemented.)

March 1, 1978

Matrimonial Property, Final Report 18


This is an extensive and large report regarding the feasibility of legislation that, upon dissolution of marriage, would give each spouse the right to an equal share in the assets accumulated during the marriage other than by gift or inheritance from outside sources. Three major proposals for change are judicial discretion, community of property, and deferred sharing. This report analyzes the committee’s majority and minority views on these proposals. Regarding judicial discretion, the law could […]

AREA OF LAW Family Law
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ENACTMENT

Matrimonial Property Act, SA 1978, c 22 (now RSA 2000, c M-8), enacting a combination of the majority and minority proposals for the distribution of matrimonial property, and an extension of the recommendations on possession of the matrimonial home.

August 1, 1975