The Truth About Impaired Driving Penalties in Alberta

The Severity of Impaired Driving Penalties in Alberta When it comes to impaired driving penalties in Alberta, there are two major determining factors to consider. The first; whether it is the offender’s first, second or third impaired driving offence, and the second, is which type of driving license the individual has. Individuals driving with a Graduated Driving License, or GDL, will fall subject to the Zero Tolerance Policy, and may face more severe consequences. When considering whether an offence is the first, second, or third, a period of 10 years is considered. Therefore, if an individual had received an initial DUI…

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Adopting A Child: Types, Costs and 6 Revealing Questions

Adopting a child can truly be a rollercoaster ride. Get in the know about adopting a child with this useful information. What are the different types of adoption? There are five different types of adoption in Canada, and they include: Public – adopting from the Canadian child welfare system Private – adopting from a private licensed agency International – adopting a child from a foreign country Stepchild – adopting a new spouse’s child child/children Kinship – adopting a birth relative What is the cost of adoption in Alberta? The cost of adoption in Alberta varies greatly between organizations – fees…

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5 Powerful Tips for Coping with Divorce

It’s inevitable that in life, we are faced with emotionally trying times. Developing strategies for coping with divorce and with life’s stresses is a crucial key to living a freer, happier and healthier life. 1. Take The Wheel In any difficult time, it becomes very easy to allow negative ‘doom and gloom’ thoughts to steer your mind and completely take over. T. Harv Eker’s famed quote, “that which we focus on, expands” rings exceptionally true, and it is for this reason, that taking the wheel on the highway of our mind is critical. When you notice your mind starting to…

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How Much Does a Blow Box Cost in Alberta? [Ignition Interlock Program]

Brian McGlashan is an Edmonton Impaired Driving Lawyer providing advice for impaired driving charges in Edmonton. We do not offer Ignition Interlock or “blowbox” devices.  Have you been charged with Impaired Driving in Alberta or do you know someone who has? Both Impaired Driving charges and convictions can result in very serious consequences. If you’ve been charged contact our team at McGlashan & Company to get the information you need or visit our Impaired Driving page. What is the Ignition Interlock Program? While there is no hard and fast rule for all cases, charges or convictions when it comes…

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Underage and Charged with A DUI

Canada is notoriously tough when it comes to DUIs. Since Canada considers impaired driving to be a felony, those with DUIs can be barred from entering the country. The Alberta Zero Alcohol Tolerance Program (AZAT) is even tougher. Regardless of age, drivers with Learner Class 7 or Graduated Class 5 licenses must have a blood alcohol level of zero when driving or they will automatically receive a one-month licence suspension. Zero tolerance laws are implemented to protect all drivers from drunk driving. But what happens if you are underage and receive a DUI? Let’s find out. Juvenile Justice   If…

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The Top Five Questions to Ask a Divorce Lawyer During the Initial Consultation

Whether it is contested or uncontested, a divorce is an emotionally draining and mentally exhausting procedure.  It brings up past emotions of a relationship gone wrong. It also introduces a wide range of questions and confusion about the divorce process itself.  A divorce lawyer is an experienced professional who works with you to help you through the process.  Choosing the correct lawyer is pertinent to having a smooth divorce process.  While your first consultation can be overwhelming, the questions you ask will determine how well you will be able to work with your lawyer. The following questions will help…

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Do I Need a Sperm Donor Agreement?

There are many reasons these days why people seek alternate methods of conceiving a child. Sperm donation and artificial insemination are popular among many lesbian or gay couples, single women and even heterosexual couples. But when it comes to parents, children and relationships, a lot of significant issues must be considered. Many people do not want to use anonymous sperm from a sperm bank; they prefer to choose someone known to them. This makes things a bit more complicated so yes, you do need a sperm donor agreement. Why do I need a sperm donor agreement? A sperm donor agreement…

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Five Tips for Negotiating Child Custody

When you have run out of options and are faced with separating your family, it is almost guaranteed that there will be tension. How do you overcome that tension? We share our top tips. A separation or divorce is a difficult process and an emotional time for everybody. This ordeal becomes even more complicated when children are involved. In addition to monitoring their emotional health, you also need to deal with their long-term care and expenses.  Child custody is rarely agreed on by both parties, and very often results in hard feelings, feelings of loss and financial strain when not…

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Should Your Ex Pay You Spousal Support? The Answer May Surprise You

Couple cake topper sitting on top of cash

Are you going through a divorce? Here is what you need to know about spousal support. Divorce is difficult on many levels: emotionally, mentally and financially. Divorce can result in a great deal of financial uncertainty, and leave both parties with questions about legal fees, child support, and spousal support. Spousal support can be especially difficult because there are so many variables that determine whether it’s necessary, who pays it and how much. If you’re wondering what your spousal support situation may look like, here are a few factors that will affect the court’s decision. Where You Live In Canada,…

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5 Things to Expect During the Divorce Process

Couple arguing

Even at the best of times, divorces are highly painful and stressful experiences. Here are five things you can expect during the start of the process.   It Won’t Be Easy   Whether the split with your partner was relatively amicable, all divorces come with some degree of stress, whether it be emotional, psychological or even financial – or a combination of all three. Divorce is difficult at the best of times, so prepare yourself for a rollercoaster ride of emotional highs and lows. Surround yourself with good friends, and try to keep yourself busy so that you can…

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