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August 2016 Archives

Unexpected Research Findings Point To Seasonal Trends In Divorce

When sociologists at the University of Washington set out to study the impact of economic recession on marital stability, they inadvertently ended up discovering trends that single out March and August as yearly peak times for divorce filings.

Can Ex-Spouses Change A Separation Agreement?

When separating spouses can mutually decide on key factors surrounding the end of their relationship and they set out their intentions in a written and signed agreement, both parties benefit. The law encourages the use of separation agreements, and families benefit by saving time, money and the stress of litigating the case through court.

Preventing Conflict Through Family Law Agreements

Going to court is almost always the least desirable option for separating and divorcing spouses. Out-of-court dispute resolution methods such as mediation and collaborative divorce exist. But, taking steps to prevent conflict rather than resolve it is always a prudent course. Our post this week answers a few questions about agreements that couples – both married and common-law – can make well in advance of a possible rupture.

Responsibility For Children In Common-Law Families

Whether married or cohabiting, parents are legally obligated to support their own children. Although separation or divorce results in one parent living apart from his or her children, this responsibility to continue providing financial support does not change. But what obligation does one party have towards the children of his common-law spouse after the relationship ends?

Child Support – When Does It Legally End?

In British Columbia, child support officially ends when a child reaches the age of 19. However, exceptions exist. Under certain circumstances, children of divorced or separated parents may continue to receive support payments either before or after the official age. Our post this week examines both of these possibilities.