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May 2017 Archives

Mediation may be key to avoiding divorce-related health issues

The fact that a divorce can be stressful and emotional will come as no surprise to anyone. What might be surprising to some is that a messy divorce may have a negative effect on the physical health of children. For divorcing parents in British Columbia, choosing mediation over litigation may help to mitigate the effects.

Extreme situations may not prevent spousal support after divorce

Although both the recipient and the payer of spousal support may have strong feelings about the arrangement, support payment awards are not based on emotion. A judge awards maintenance based on an established series of guidelines and calculates the amount with standardized formulae. What this means is that sometimes an award of support may be given during a divorce, even when it doesn't seem to be "deserved."

The marital home may be the trickiest part of property division

During the course of a marriage, the typical married couple accumulates a wide variety of assets, from stamp collections to silverware. For most, the marital home tops them all for value, and its disposition is the most important consideration during the process of property division. Choosing what to do with it may not be easy, but for those who sell, specialized help may be available.

Tax implications are worth considering during a divorce

When a marriage ends, just about every aspect of the spouses' respective lives will change. There may be a change in residence, schedule and certainly in personal finances following a divorce. There will also be changes to both parties' tax situations. There are special tax implications every divorcing person in British Columbia should know about.

Choosing mediation in BC is a good idea, but who will mediate?

People living in British Columbia have a range of divorce options that did not exist not so many years ago. Rather than going to court, many divorcing couples choose a form of alternative dispute resolution to sort out their marital dissolution in a less confrontational manner. Mediation is proving to be among the most popular choices. However, what guarantees do people have as to the quality of mediators available to them?