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Posts by Donald I.M. Outerbridge

Can My Child Choose Which Parent to Live With?

One question that comes up again and again in custody cases is whether or not children have any say in which parent they live with. This is a highly misunderstood topic in family law, and one that is riddled with a great deal of misinformation.   Here’s what you need to know about the way…

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Firing Employees on Disability

For employees, seeking to qualify for long term disability, they face the problem that insurance companies likely spend as much money fighting not to pay benefits as they spend on benefits. Most insurance policies require that the employee prove that he or she cannot perform the substantial duties of the employment. That in most policies…

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How Does Adultery Impact My Divorce Case?

Adultery impacts divorce cases far less than most people think. While it’s natural to assume that you should get “more” out of the divorce because the other spouse “wronged” you, the truth is that the courts are not particularly concerned with who caused the breakdown of the marriage. Legally, both parties are assumed to be…

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How To Take Useful Photos of Your Alberta Car Accident Scene

One piece of advice you hear again and again is to take photos after you’ve been in a car accident. They can be vital pieces of evidence in any personal injury case, because they back up your claims about the extent of the damage and the severity of the accident. You don’t have to be…

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5 Ways to Make Your Divorce Less Expensive

Almost everyone who calls us about divorce cases here at Merchant Law wants to know how much the divorce is going to cost. Even high net worth couples want to know what to expect so they can plan accordingly. Nobody wants to spend an excessive amount of money on an event that’s already hurting them.…

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What Happens if the Other Driver Died in My Alberta Car Accident?

Car accidents are extremely unpredictable. Fault is no determinant of how much a person gets hurt or whether they die. Fault only determines liability. The initial declaration of fault is usually made by the police officer at the scene, but your lawyer can also make an argument for the assignment of fault, and that assessment…

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How to Make a Parenting Plan that Works

Unless one parent is proven to be a danger to their child, judges in Canada prefer something close to 50/50 custody and access arrangements. This isn’t possible for all families, but it is true that the children of divorce do better when they are able to have a relationship with both of their parents. Making…

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Do I Have Grounds for a Personal Injury Claim in Alberta?

Many of our clients and potential clients worry they don’t have grounds for a personal injury case.  We encourage people to avoid guesswork: the only real way to know whether you have a “good” or “winnable” case is to consult with a personal injury lawyer. Still, there are a few questions you can ask yourself…

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What Happens if Your Divorce Goes to Trial?

When you file for a divorce you will essentially make claims about your family situation and propose a settlement agreement. The vast majority of those couples will enter into several negotiations in regards to the proposed agreement before settling.  Some, however, will have to go to court, and will have to show a judge why…

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