Getting through the divorce process with a checklist

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Divorce on July 30, 2019.

As with most things in life making the decision to end a marriage or a common law relationship may take some planning. British Columbia married couples who have made the decision to divorce may find it helpful to have a road map of some sort as they move ahead as single individuals. Having a checklist of the things that need to be done may help the divorce process to be less complicated and ...

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Bill affecting divorce receives Royal Assent in parliament

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Divorce on July 28, 2019.

Bill C-78 recently received Royal Assent in the federal parliament. The bill -- which affects British Columbia residents in the throes of divorce as well as other couples in the country -- strengthens federal family laws and also brings them into the 21st century. These are the first changes made in 20 years to three major laws affecting families.

The three federal laws that now have b...

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Family law: Paying child support after a child turns 18

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on July 23, 2019.

There are times when child support doesn't end when a child turns 18 years old. British Columbia family law rules indicate that, if there is a maintenance order or an agreement that states otherwise, a payor must continue to pay child support until the order is no longer in effect or until the date stipulated in an agreement, which could mean until a dependent child finishes his or her post ...

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When things get tough, many divorcing couples turn to mediation

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Divorce Mediation on July 19, 2019.

The last thing most couples who are divorcing want is added tension during the process. To keep things as civil as possible, many British Columbia couples are opting for divorce help, such as alternative dispute resolution or mediation. When a divorce ends up in litigation, it is harder for everyone involved, and that could include children.

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The need for clear, concise divorce settlement documents

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Divorce on July 11, 2019.

There is one crucial clause to insert into a spousal support agreement. If the payor of spousal support in British Columbia doesn't want to continue paying a former spouse after the spouse dies, the agreement must stipulate that payments cease upon death of the payee. Although inherent in the Divorce Act is the assumption that support ends when the recipient dies, it is still best to get tha...

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General property matters to consider when you separate or divorce

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

What is the difference between a separation and a divorce?

A separation is when a couple who is married or in a common-law relationship decides to live apart. If you’re married, this doesn’t qualify as an end to the marriage. To nullify the marriage, you must get divorced in court.

Once you’ve decided to part ways, whether it be a General property matters to consider when you separate or divorce

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Divorce comparisons may make the going tougher

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Divorce on June 25, 2019.

Couple's marriages can break down for many reasons. Not all marriages are cut from the same cloth, and the issues that cause some British Columbia couples to divorce may be completely different from those of other couples. Divorces can be as unique as the individuals who are separating, so comparisons may actually not bode well for any couple looking to separate with the least angst possible...

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Family law: Mother fights to have children returned to Canada

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on June 24, 2019.

A mother is fighting to get her daughters returned to the country after their father removed them from the country after the couple's marriage ended. Family law rules in British Columbia and in other provinces can be complicated when it comes to these types of issues, particularly when the laws of two countries come into play. A Canadian court has ordered the father to return the girls to Ca...

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Family law: When a common law partner skips out on the debt

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on June 13, 2019.

When a couple decides that living together is the next step in their relationship, each may want to safeguard their assets since common law unions aren't governed by the same rules as marriage affords. It is true that there are certain family law rules that speak to common law unions in British Columbia, but if one common law partner wants to leave the other with debt, it might be hard to re...

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Maintaining a sense of decorum in the divorce process

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Divorce on June 6, 2019.

A couple who was worth billions of dollars might be able to teach others how to end a marriage amicably. British Columbia residents may be aware of the recent divorce of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his now former wife, MacKenzie. Even with billions of dollars on the line, the couple was able to end their marriage without a bang, but rather a consensual whisper.

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