Peterson Stark Scott
Schedule your consultation
(604) 634-2308 or
(800) 675-2419
View Our Practice Areas

divorce Archives

Divorce in British Columbia doesn't have to be all doom and gloom

It seems rather than pine away for months after getting divorced, people are celebrating instead. Women, especially, in British Columbia are turning what some see as a negative into a positive by doing things after they divorce that are usually associated with happy occasions -- like throwing a party. Breaking up is hard to do, but it doesn't have to mean the end of the world.

British Columbia polyamorists face unique family law challenges

Polyamory literally means many loves. Polyamorous relationships have more than two people involved romantically and all agree that it is acceptable. But even so, British Columbia residents involved in polyamorous relationships may have unique circumstances when it comes to family law.

Adultery still grounds for divorce in British Columbia

The modern world has become more liberal in its views in general and that includes views regarding marriage. Yet even in the 21st century, adultery is still grounds for getting a divorce in British Columbia, and indeed in all of Canada. It is on the list, along with intolerable mental or physical cruelty and separation.

Teachers can help children get through their parents' divorce

The family unit can be severely affected by parental separation of any kind. The often final separation of divorce is not only hard on a couple but on their children as well. In British Columbia, kids spend much of their days in the classroom, so teachers can help ease the raw emotions children are often faced with when their parents are divorcing.

How a bad divorce can make children sick, even decades later

Scientists and medical professionals have long believed that there is a connection between emotional health and physical health, and many studies have borne that out. A recent study made a connection between divorce and children's health with a surprising result. The data makes a compelling case for divorcing British Columbia parents to be extremely mindful of how they treat each other around their kids and the importance of co-parenting harmoniously.

Smile for the camera! What's with the divorce selfie phenomenon?

A picture of two people smiling like it's the happiest day of their lives. What exactly is newsworthy about that? It's the fact that the subjects of the picture just got a divorce. It's called a 'divorce selfie,' and its another trend gone viral that's caught the attention of the popular media. The old notion of a mean-spirited divorce followed by a lifetime of scorn, or perhaps indifference, is being turned on its head here in British Columbia and around the world.

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."

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.

For the sake of the kids, consider a civilized divorce

When a husband and wife go their separate ways in British Columbia, they only have their own interests to consider. However, when a mother and father get a divorce, there is a lot more at stake. For the sake of the children, parents should strive to approach the situation with respect and consideration. One former couple has made a sensation on the internet with their extremely touching devotion to their son, even after a divorce split the family in two.

When there is no respect in the courtroom, a divorce can go badly

No one expects the end of a marriage to be a pleasant experience. Unfortunately, some people seem to forget that the person on the opposite side of the struggle is a human being with feelings. In the struggle to come out of a divorce with the settlement one desires, it is usually best to remember to act respectfully and with a measure of consideration. A divorce case in British Columbia went horribly wrong for one man when the pressure finally became too much to bear.