What will getting a divorce in British Columbia cost you?

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Divorce on April 22, 2020.

When a couple is having marital issues and they're considering ending their union, there are a number of things to consider. A divorce in British Columbia can be costly, so each person should weigh the options before a final decision is made and one point to consider is whether it's more costly to stay together or to separate. In any case, if a couple does decide to part ways, doin...

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Should I say ‚”I do” to a marriage agreement?

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on April 17, 2020.

There are no guarantees in life, and the same goes for marriage. No couple gets married with the notion that it will all come to a screeching halt one day. But some marriages do end in divorce.

One family law tool that has gained popularity in recent years is the marriage agreement ‚ also referred to as a prenuptial agreement. There are circumstances under which creating a marriage a...

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What to do if you suspect a child is being abused

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on April 16, 2020.

Every person has the responsibility to ensure that children are kept safe from harm. There are family law rules in place in British Columbia that speak to the best interests of children. So, what should you do if you suspect a child in your family is being abused ‚ either physically, emotionally or sexually?

First, it‚ important to understand the indicators of potential abuse. Children...

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How planning ahead can simplify your divorce process

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Divorce on April 15, 2020.

As with many things, leaving a marriage can be more easily navigated if you have a plan in place. Divorce is never easy, but couples who have a practical approach to the process are in a better position to get through it with minimal anxiety and expense.

You may think the divorce process begins when you first file for divorce. However, the steps you take before this happens can have im...

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What your children might need during your divorce

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Divorce on April 13, 2020.

When married couples decide their marriages are no longer working and make the decision to separate, it can affect their children as much as it can affect them. Divorce is not a decision made lightly. British Columbia couples who make that decision and who are also parents have to walk a fine line between meeting their own needs and the needs of their children. The choices that parents make ...

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Separation date important for determining divorce date

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Divorce on March 17, 2020.

Deciding to separate leaves a couple with many things to consider. When separation will ultimately lead to divorce, British Columbia individuals need to keep in mind the date they actually separated since that will have a bearing on a number of issues. It's not always the easiest to pinpoint an exact date, however, since some couples decide to remain under the same roof during the separation...

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Making the decision to talk about divorce like adults

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Divorce on March 10, 2020.

A couple making the decision to end their marriage may have had some volatile conversations leading up to that decision. But experts say moving into a new decade British Columbia couples should learn how to discuss divorce in a more adult-like manner -- even when the issue is usually fraught with high emotions. The first step in discussing divorce is honesty since staying in a marriage when ...

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Family law: Things to think about before a divorce settlement

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on March 3, 2020.

Once a couple has made the decision to end their marriage, they may want everything to be settled as quickly as possible. There are rules under family law in British Columbia that must be followed, however, rushing into a settlement without thought of the future may be a mistake. Many people focus on the present rather than thinking about what kinds of lives they want in the future, so takin...

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Keep 3 things in mind during family law mediation

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on February 27, 2020.

When British Columbia parents decide to part ways, emotions often run high. Feelings of resentment, anger and sadness often interfere with fruitful negotiations. If they keep three things in mind, however, it may be possible to put those feelings aside in order to receive the maximum benefits possible from family law mediation.

First, it helps to put the children's needs first. Wou...

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