Reading Time: 5 minutes Did you know you can officiate your friends’ and family members’ marriage ceremonies in Alberta? The provincial government recently changed its policies to allow members of the public to perform wedding ceremonies.
Reading Time: 4 minutes As William Shakespeare once wrote “The course of true love never did run smooth.” What happens when relationships turn sour and questions arise about property that a couple may have acquired together prior to marriage or given as gifts to one another? If diamonds are forever, does the bride-to-be get to keep the engagement ring […]
Reading Time: 6 minutes Introduction Most individuals who have recently wed realize this will change their income tax status, but common law couples often fail to realize they may also be considered married by the Tax Man. Many are surprised to learn that a different set of rules applies the next time they file their income tax returns. Ultimately, […]
Reading Time: 7 minutes Add getting married to the list of activities in modern Canadian society which today is easy, chock full of options and as quick as you want it. This article is a brief summary of wedding law in Canada. Federal Marriage Legislation While our Constitution Act, 1867, section 91(26) confers exclusive jurisdiction on “marriage and divorce” […]
Reading Time: 2 minutes Melanie Johnson arranged for a Calgary designer and tailor to make four bridesmaid dresses, a flower girl’s dress and a wedding veil for her October 2011 wedding, and to make alterations to her wedding dress. As the wedding approached, the emails and text messages began to fly. The bride received her wedding dress two days […]
Reading Time: 8 minutes Over the past several years, there have been a number of very significant reference decisions that have and will affect Canada’s legal landscape. A reference case is different than a regular civil or criminal case that involves litigating parties. In a reference, the federal or provincial government submits questions to the courts asking for an […]