February 2020 Archives

Keep 3 things in mind during family law mediation

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.

Divorce doesn't need to ruin your mental health

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 -- like those concerning finances -- could roll out into other areas, causing mental stress.

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

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 thousands of legal child marriages have taken place right in Canada over the last 20 years. 

Will Variations: What You Need To Know

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’s essential to understand the nature of the requested change.

Separating fact from fiction in the divorce process

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 deciding on matters like child custody or property division.

Family law: Appeal court says teen can continue hormone therapy

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 without parental agreement.

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