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October 2017 Archives

B.C. divorce mediation: Who gets the four-legged family member?

Most people think of their pets as part of the family. So, when a British Columbia couple is splitting up, divorce mediation may be necessary to sort out who gets Fido the pooch and/or Fluffy the kitty. But there may be one person favoured by the pet, and when a decision needs to be made regarding an animal, it may be in the animal's best interest to be with the one to whom it is closest.

Grey divorce in B.C.: Long-time married couples splitting

Some couples that have been married for years -- sometimes decades -- are calling it quits. "Grey" divorce, as it's known, is a stark reality for many British Columbia couples. The reasons for these splits are varied, but among them is simply growing apart once children have left home. Baby boomers -- those aged 55 and older -- are making a dent in divorce statistics in Canada. In fact, Statistics Canada has indicated the main indicators couples cite for these break-ups are falling out of love and having different ideas about retirement plans. 

B.C. divorce: The legalities of digital spying on a spouse

The world is becoming more and more technologically advanced. With the advent of every new gadget and website comes the potential for increased curiosity about what a former spouse may be up to after the divorce. With a quick log-in, British Columbia residents might be able to access that information on various social media pages like Facebook. But, what, if any, are the legal ramifications?

B.C. family law: Shared custody helps young children

One of the most important things for children whose parents are going through a divorce is letting them know everything will be all right. Family law in British Columbia always takes into consideration the best interests of any children involved in the proceedings. Some young children don't do well with change, and a change in their family dynamic may cause them undue stress and anxiety.