Dora Dang is a Qualified Arbitrator, Chartered Mediator, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst ®, Registered Family Mediator of Alberta, and a Commissioner For Oaths in and for Alberta. She is the co-owner and co-founder of Leap! Divorce Solutions.

How to Avoid Common Pitfalls when Cohabiting

How to Avoid Common Pitfalls when Cohabiting

In the course of a marriage, an average married couple living in Calgary will have “invested” at least $1.5 million in their relationship. So, when it comes to uncoupling, there are multiple financial factors to consider, especially for those approaching retirement. A breakdown in a relationship is not only emotionally traumatic, but is also financially devastating to the couple and their families. Here are some essential tips to handle the speed bumps and avoid a breakdown in the relationship.

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Facing the Financial Consequences of Divorce

You don’t have to be an economist to figure out that when the economy goes down, the divorce rate goes up. Whether the divorce is hotly contested or amicable, it is expensive, and will trash even the most carefully prepared financial plan. For many, divorce is downright devastating – emotionally and financially. If you are facing divorce, consider the following:

Back to School – Back to Basics

For couples with children who have recently been separated or are currently going through a divorce, back to school can feel like you are sailing in high winds. While most families are bustling around getting prepared for the new school year and planning extra circular activities for their kids, couples going through separation and divorce will discover that this crucial transition is stressful on the family. Here are some tips to help you sail through the rough waters.

How to Build Effective Communication as a Co-parent After Divorce

Spring weather in Calgary is unpredictable. One day you have to put on sun block, the next day you need a winter jacket. Like Calgary’s weather, communication between you and your former spouse can also be unpredictable. During divorce, communication is civil at the best of times, but in many instances the parties involved get downright uncooperative making it difficult to get things accomplished. So how do you effectively communicate with your former spouse and co-parent your children after your divorce is finalized?

Start with Leap! Divorce Solutions

Imagine this. It’s Christmas, and your family and relatives are over for dinner. After the turkey, mashed potatoes, and the other fixings have been passed around, you politely ask your brother-in-law to pass the gravy. As he reaches for the gravy, he kindly tells you and your wife how wonderful the dinner is, and then decides to invite you and your family to his and your sister’s mortgage burning party. Your fork slips from your fingers and clangs on your plate. What? How’s that possible? Your sister is five years younger than you! Last year it was the vacation home, and the year before it was the Porsche. “That’s it,” you say to yourself. “It’s time to get my finances in order!” And this time you mean it. The problem is, you don’t know where to start.

Divorce Mediation: An Alternative To Litigation

What do Neil Young, Mariah Carey, Hilary Duff, David Duchovny, Gwenth Paltrow, and Bruce Jenner have in common? Well, if you have even glanced at a tabloid in the last year, you would know they are some of the most recent celebrities to call it quits. Because they are celebrities, their breakups have been played out in the media for all to see. Some are nasty – the divorce between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver comes to mind.