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The Engagement Ring: Whose Property is it?

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 […]


Juliana Ho
Juliana Ho is a 2nd year student at the University of Alberta Law School and is a volunteer with Pro Bono Students Canada. (2014)

Married vs. Common Law – What’s the Difference Anyway?

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, […]


Brad Taylor
Brad Taylor, CA, TEP, is a manager in the taxation department of Kingston Ross Pasnak LLP in Edmonton, Alberta.

Wedding Law: By the Authority Vested in Me . . .

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” […]


Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal is a Professor of Law at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.

Alexandra Brunet
Alexandra Brunet recently earned a B.Comm. from the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary (2015).

Bench Press 38-6: A Bride’s Worst Nightmare!

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 […]


Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell is the former Editor and Legal Writer for LawNow at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.

The Increasing Importance of Reference Decisions in Canadian Law

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 […]


Linda McKay-Panos
Linda McKay-Panos, BEd, JD, LLM, is the Executive Director of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre in Calgary, Alberta.

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