About Sarah Dargatz

Sarah Dargatz is a Staff Lawyer with the Family Law Office in Edmonton, AB.

Obtaining Evidence in High Conflict Parenting Disputes, Part 2: Using Experts in Parenting Disputes

In most disputes over parenting time, parents come to reasonable decisions about what is in their child’s best interests.  However, a small percentage of disputes are “high conflict”.  In high conflict cases, the parents have great difficulty communicating, make decisions together, and treating each other with respect.  Each parent may advocate for very different schedules.  […]

Obtaining Evidence in High Conflict Parenting Disputes, Part 1: Lawyers for Children

In most disputes over parenting time, parents come to reasonable decisions about what is in their child’s best interests. However, a small percentage of disputes are “high conflict”. In high conflict cases, the parents have great difficulty communicating, make decisions together, and treating each other with respect. Each parent will advocate for very different schedules. […]

Changes to Child Support Applications

Exchanging financial information is crucial to determine child support. John-Paul Boyd gave a great overview of child support in LawNow Issues 38-4 and 38-5. I covered the general duty to disclose financial information in family law cases in LawNow Issue 39-5. There have been some recent changes in Alberta Family Courts that emphasize the need […]

Financial Disclosure in Family Law Cases, Don’t Hide; It’s Best to Provide!

Navigating the family law system without a lawyer can feel overwhelming, but many successfully find their way.  One of the biggest stumbling blocks for self-represented individuals is a resistance to provide sufficient financial information. In order to properly negotiate or litigate child support, spousal support, or matrimonial property, the parties need to have accurate information […]

Unilateral Relocations – Don’t Do It!

When a family is in conflict, it can be tempting for one parent to want to get away.  This can be especially true in cases where a parent is struggling financially after a separation or, in cases of domestic violence, when leaving is part of a safety plan.  However, a unilateral relocation with a child […]


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