Understanding Calgary Divorce Law: Part 8
December 21, 2015
As one of Calgary's leading family law and divorce law firms, we here at GDE Family Law know that divorce is almost universally stressful. The emotional upheaval caused by the end of a relationship is multiplied and added to by the legal and financial entanglements, and the life you were planning on is now being forced to change course in numerous ways. Even when divorce is ultimately for the best, the process of getting to the other side is one of the most difficult life events most people will ever go through.
The more information you have regarding your divorce and the general processes of a Calgary divorce, the less stressful the process tends to be. Greater knowledge gives you greater control, and the ability to make decisions regarding your future from an informed perspective. That's why we're publishing articles like this series—so our clients and anyone in the Calgary area who is going through a divorce can learn the basics of what to expect. While not all information may be applicable to your specific case, the information on this site can help answer some common questions and help you work more proactively with your Calgary divorce lawyer.
When Calgary Divorce Cases Last Past the Official Divorce
In Part 7 of this article series about Calgary divorce law and the divorce process in the Calgary courts, you learned about having the final divorce agreement approved by a Calgary judge and registered with the courts, which is often necessary for finalizing the split of assets after a divorce. Many divorces end as soon as the remaining assets are divided and placed in each ex-spouse's individual name; if there are no children subject to a custody agreement and no ongoing support payments, you can walk away with a clean break, ready to start your new life without any legal attachment to your former partner.
When children and/or an ongoing support arrangement is in place, there are obviously some legal and/or financial ties that keep you and your ex-spouse connected. These situations are often not cause for concern; if everyone lives up to their obligations under the divorce agreement and remains happy with the outcome of that agreement, things will proceed smoothly without any other action in the Calgary courts. If one or both ex-spouses becomes dissatisfied with a custody arrangement or ongoing support, or if someone fails to live up their responsibilities as per the divorce agreement, further legal steps may be necessary.
Changing a divorce agreement requires approval from a Calgary judge, just as any initial divorce agreement is only official once a judge has reviewed and signed it. If the two parties to a divorce agree on a new custody and/or support arrangement, this can be presented to a judge with relative ease. If there is disagreement, however, one party may file paperwork with the courts requesting a change, and it is possible that you and your Calgary divorce lawyer will need to appear to argue on your behalf—either for the change requested or to keep things as they were agreed to in the initial divorce.
Getting Help with Ongoing Calgary Divorce Issues
As long as a custody and/or support arrangement is in place, this type of action remains a possibility. An effective legal team can help keep things running smoothly and as stress-free as possible, though, even when there are some bumps in the road. For assistance with your Calgary divorce, no matter what part of the process you're in, please contact our office today.
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