Divorce doesn’t need to ruin your mental health

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Divorce on February 20, 2020.

When a married couple decides it's time to part ways, many aspects of life will be affected. Divorce -- although sometimes the only final solution to a rocky marriage -- can bring with it more than just financial difficulties. Experts say divorce can also wreak havoc on the mental health of British Columbia couples and their children. Problems that might arise during separation or divorce --...

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Family law: Researcher says not enough done to end child marriage

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on February 19, 2020.

The law states that doing what is in the best interests of children is imperative. There are rules in family law that safeguard children, but some believe that Canada is falling short when it comes to ending child marriage despite the fact that there are laws in place that protect children in British Columbia and the rest of the country from such situations. In fact, some experts say th...

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Will variations: what you need to know

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in on February 9, 2020.

A will variation is when someone requests a change to a will after the passing of a loved one. Whether a spouse, adult child or grandchild is requesting the change, it‚ essential to understand the nature of the requested change.

A will variation is not intended to alter the wishes or intentions of the deceased. This means that if property was evenly divided among surviving siblings, bu...

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Separating fact from fiction in the divorce process

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Divorce on February 6, 2020.

There are all kinds of misconceptions about what divorce is and what it isn't. One thing is for certain -- divorce isn't easy, but knowing fact from fiction when it comes to the process in British Columbia may help couples get over any hurdles they might face. The first thing to understand is that Canada has a no-fault divorce system, so the adultery card generally doesn't play a part in dec...

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Family law: Appeal court says teen can continue hormone therapy

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on February 5, 2020.

A teen can proceed with hormone therapy to transition from female to male, the B.C. Court of Appeal recently ruled. The British Columbia panel of three judges ruled that the teen, who identifies as male but who was born female, doesn't need further consent from his parents in order to proceed with treatment. Family law in the province says that a mature minor can consent to medical treatment...

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Matrimonial home may cause confusion during property division

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Property Division on January 23, 2020.

Yours, mine and ours. That's what needs to be decided when it comes to property division when a couple is headed for divorce. The matrimonial home is likely the thing around which the biggest and often most contentious decisions are made. Separating property -- including the matrimonial home -- is governed by provincial legislation in British Columbia, whether the couple is married or unmarr...

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Family law: What is the right of first refusal?

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

When it comes to child custody situations, some people may not be familiar with the term, right of first refusal. Family law in British Columbia spells out the rules when it comes to issues regarding children. If one parent can't care for a child for a specific time, he or she may choose to use the services of a babysitter, rather than call on the other parent. Right of first refusal means t...

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Property division: What happens to a business?

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Property Division on January 9, 2020.

There are many things on the table when a couple makes the decision to divorce. One of the discussions British Columbia couples in this circumstance must have is regarding property division. But what happens when a business is involved? It doesn't matter if the business is worth billions, millions or thousands of dollars, communication and collaboration are the keys, according to experts.Continue reading Property division: What happens to a business?

January most popular time to make the decision to divorce

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Divorce on January 7, 2020.

January is the start of new beginnings, and it could also mean things are coming to an end. Many British Columbia couples -- and those all over the country -- make the decision to divorce come January; so much so, that many lawyers have dubbed it divorce month. Experts say there are reasons the first month of the year being so popular for marriages coming to an end.

Many couples wait u...

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Family law: Salmonella from exotic pets could affect children

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on December 26, 2019.

Studies have shown that it's important for children to have pets. British Columbia family law stipulates that the best interests of children always be at the forefront of any decisions made concerning them, but when unconventional pets can cause children to become sick, is that really keeping in line with that rule? The country's public health agency is asking the owners of exotic pets to pr...

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