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B.C. woman loses child support funds based on family law rules

A woman whose husband is not the father of her son will not be getting child support from him. Apparently, the woman kept the parentage of her son a secret from her spouse. In this unusual family law situation, a British Columbia judge said that when the child was born, there was no doubt the woman's husband believed he was the father, and his name was listed on the birth certificate. 

Gender issues embroiled in British Columbia family law

In a world that is becoming more inclusive of differences, gender issues have surfaced as volatile subject matter. Indeed, the complexities of gender in the 21st century have made their mark on family law, especially in British Columbia. A baby born in the province has been issued a health card that does not indicate gender -- purported to be the first in the world.

Charter of Rights impacting British Columbia family law

It took two weeks for British Columbia residents to find out for sure who would be running their province after the recent provincial election. Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms is playing a huge part in family law and other facets of the legal world. For instance, the charter was behind the harrowing wait. The delay was blamed on the counting of absentee ballots. The charter was challenged in the late 1980s when two British Columbians studying law in Ontario weren't given a means to cast absentee votes in the B.C. provincial election. 

Family law sometimes requires support from non-biological dads

To be a father to a child is not the same as fathering a child. One does not need to be a biological parent to enjoy a loving, parental relationship with a child. However, when the relationship with the mother ends, what family law requirements are there of a non-biological dad to pay child support? A British Columbia mom recently found out one possible answer to that question.

Do Grandparents Have Legal Rights To Their Grandchildren?

When a couple separates and divorces, extended family members are often affected by the change in the couple’s status. If a couple have children, the grandparents’ right to have access to their grandchildren can become an issue.

How Is Pet Ownership Determined After Separation?

Separation is never easy on families, but it can get even tougher when it involves their pets. Many couples consider pets valued members of the family and their owners often have a strong attachment to them. So, when a couple decide to split, the parties may have difficulty determining ownership of the pet.

Can I Take My Child Out Of The Province For Travel?

In cases where parents are separated or divorced, one parent may want to take a trip with the child where the other parent or guardian is not present. To avoid delays and complications, such parents must be aware of their rights and responsibilities before traveling with children.

Marriage And Cohabitation Agreements – What Can They Include?

In our last post, we talked about three legal fundamentals concerning marriage and cohabitation agreements – including contract terms that are not enforceable. In this week’s post, we discuss the kinds of issues that spouses typically include or may choose to include in these agreements.

Three Fundamentals About Marriage And Cohabitation Agreements

A marriage or cohabitation agreement is a contract entered into before or during a spousal relationship. They're like an advance plan designed to minimize potential disputes in the event that the relationship eventually ends. They typically outline expectations regarding financial issues, but may also include matters related to children. Our post this week looks at three factors you should know about the fundamental nature of such contracts.