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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.