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December 2015 Archives

The determination of child support can be complicated

Determining how much one parent will provide the other in child support can be a stressful process. This is true regardless of whether the couple was married or involved in a common-law relationship. How much a parent will have to pay depends on a variety of factors.  One of those factors could be the failure of a parent who is capable of working, to look for a job. This is illustrated in a child support matter that was recently resolved in British Columbia.

Simple steps to make the holidays happy for kids with two homes

Some residents of Vancouver, British Columbia, look forward to the holidays all year. While there are many things that make in enjoyable, not everyone feels that way. It can be a difficult time of year for some. People who may fall into that category include those who share custody of their children with an ex. While parents may have a hard time dealing with the situation, the focus should be on the needs of the children and making it a good time of year for them. In this post we will provide some tips that could make the holidays full of joy for kids who have two homes.

Property division when a common-law relationship ends

In our last post we wrote about the increase in common-law relationships throughout Canada. The move away from traditional marriage appears to be having an impact on the number of divorces that are taking place in some demographics. Whether married or in a common-law relationship, when a couple splits, there are certain property matters that will need to be addressed. Under the Family Law Act, in British Columbia, the rights of common-law spouses when it comes to property division are similar to those of divorcing couples. Accordingly, it is important that individuals in this situation take steps to make sure they receive their fair share of the property when a common-law relationship ends. 

Are more common-law relationships leading to fewer divorces?

Residents of Canada know that you do not need to be married to be in a committed relationship. According to the census conducted in 2011, common-law relationships have increased. Of Canadian women over the age of 14, in 2011, 11 percent were living with a common-law partner. In 1981 only 3.8 percent of women were engaged in relationships of that nature, many more women are currently chosing this arrangement rather than marriage.