Did you know you can officiate your friends’ and family members’ marriage ceremonies in Alberta? For a long time, only appointed civil marriage commissioners could officiate weddings in Alberta. The provincial government recently changed its policies to allow members of the public to perform these … [Read more...]
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 … [Read more...]
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 … [Read more...]
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 … [Read more...]
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 … [Read more...]
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 … [Read more...]