Life at home must be pretty tough if you find yourself thinking about moving out, especially when you are still young enough to be wondering if you can even do so. There is a lot to consider when making these kinds of important decisions. You have to really think about what it means to leave home, and determine whether or not you are in a position to be able to take care of yourself. At the end of the day, you have to make sure that you are going to be able to afford a place to live, food to eat, clothes to wear, and all of the other expenses that you would be responsible for! This website was created to help Albertan youth find information about a variety of important legal issues, one of which is independent living. The website also provides a place for youth to search for legal information, or even talk to a lawyer!
Guardianship, Parenting, Custody, and Access - Women and the Law in Alberta
The topics in the Dial-A-Law series provide general information on a wide variety of legal issues in the Province of Alberta. In Alberta, the ability to make decisions with regard to a child is tied to guardianship status rather than parentage status, whether the guardians are in an intact relationship or not. According to the Family Law Act , a parent will automatically become a guardian by operation of law provided that the parent becomes aware of the pregnancy or becomes aware of the birth of the child, whichever is earlier, within 1 year. If the parents become separated, both parents continue their guardianship rights but must make arrangements for custody of the child. There are various types of custody, such as joint custody, sole custody, shared custody or shared parenting, and split custody or split parenting. Under Section 20 of the Family Law Act , a person who is a parent of a child can automatically become a guardian by operation of law, provided that the parent becomes aware of the pregnancy or becomes aware of the birth of the child whichever is earlier within one year.
The topics in the Dial-A-Law series provide only general information on legal issues within the province of Alberta. The purpose is to make you aware of your legal rights and responsibilities. This is not legal advice.
The purpose of this site is to provide plain language information about the law to victims of violence in intimate relationships and their supporters. Willownet provides legal information that may help you if you are experiencing violence in a relationship. The site has information that is helpful on: facts about abuse, effects of relationship violence, what the law says about abuse, leaving the relationship safely safety plan , taking your kids with you, pets, Protective Orders EPOs, QBPOs and going to court. The site also provides links to other family violence resources. This online resource from Alberta Education about bullying provides information on the different types of bullying, information on what bullying is as well as links to bullying campaigns in Alberta.