Property division: What happens to the house after a split?

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Property Division on October 8, 2019.

When living under one roof becomes more than couples can bear, they may decide it's time to end their relationships. British Columbia residents who are married or living in common law unions have many things with which they need to come to terms. One of the decisions that has to be made upon the dissolution of a marriage or common law relationship, is property division.

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A new age of the happy divorce

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Divorce on October 3, 2019.

Decades ago, no one ever talked about a couple splitting up. Divorce was like a bad word in the 1930s and 40s and only become somewhat acceptable socially moving into the 50s. But today, British Columbia couples who make the decision that their marriages are no longer working and choose to separate or divorce are actually celebrating their new-found freedoms with aplomb.

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Family law in British Columbia: The purpose of interim orders

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

Interim orders are sometimes necessary when it comes to children of divorce. When a family law case is happening in British Columbia, an interim order may be needed to help with urgent or important issues surrounding children. These types of orders can stop a parent from taking a child out of the area or for financial help with children.

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Can dogs be a tool in the mediation process?

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Divorce Mediation on September 17, 2019.

There are a number of emotional areas of the law. Mediation can be one of those processes that can be emotionally taxing, and there may be help for British Columbia residents having a tough time going through the family mediation process: having an even-tempered, tail-wagging friend in the room. Apparently, a dog can be a man, woman and child's best friend when it comes to emotional legal pr...

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Strife during divorce may affect children adversely

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Divorce on September 12, 2019.

No one may be as affected by a marital split than a child. Divorce is usually a difficult process for a British Columbia couple to go through, but it may be even more so for their children. In fact, the fallout of divorce may create behaviours in a child that usually wouldn't be typical of him or her. It may be harder for a child to concentrate on tasks, may cause a child to fidget more or c...

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Family law: Sharing major lottery winnings with a former spouse

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on September 5, 2019.

Hitting the lottery jackpot would make most people jump up and down for joy. But the delight might be short-lived for divorced British Columbia residents who get a windfall if they have to share the winnings with a former spouse. These are the types of issues that fall under the provincial family law umbrella, but they're not always so cut and dried.

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Divorce in British Columbia: Is mediation right for you?

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Divorce Mediation on August 29, 2019.

Coming to an amicable agreement during a divorce may take some work. After all, a couple is likely divorcing because they can't agree on major issues within a marriage. So divorce mediation in British Columbia may help to smooth out some of the rough patches that couples face when coming to a divorce settlement. A mediator may be worth his or her weight in gold in this respect.

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Family law: Some calling for Amber Alert System remodification

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on August 20, 2019.

The Amber Alert System (AAS) has helped reunite many abducted children with their families. Family law in British Columbia -- and in all the country -- makes the best interests of a child paramount, and that includes keeping a child safe from harm. Although the AAS has helped many kids, some Canadians are thinking the system could be better, and many have complained that the shrill sound com...

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Family law: When the paternity of a child is in question

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on August 15, 2019.

There are many reasons why it may be necessary to ascertain who a child's biological father is. Paternity falls under British Columbia family law rules. Knowing who a child's father is may be important for situations concerning child support or child custody and doing what is in the best interests of the child. It should be known, however, that even if a man is found not to be a child's biol...

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Grey divorce poses unique challenges for British Columbia couples

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Divorce on August 7, 2019.

Younger couples whose marriages end may have much with which to contend, and most of that may involve their young children. But that doesn't make divorce any less easy for older British Columbia couples whose children have left the nest. More couples in their 50s and beyond are choosing to divorce, but grey divorce can come with its own set of issues.

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