Family law: What happens when an engagement to marry is broken?

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on November 28, 2019.

Sometimes things just don't work out in life. That happens with couples as well. When the engagement is broken by a yet-unmarried couple in British Columbia, there is nothing in family law that stipulates what should happen, unless of course, that couple was living in a common law relationship or if a cohabitation agreement is in existence. Otherwise, there is not much each party is entitled...

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Collaborative law a gentler, kinder way than going to court

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on November 19, 2019.

Things always seem to go more smoothly when people work together for a positive outcome. But, that is not always possible in a divorce situation and that is where collaborative law might help the process for British Columbia couples having some difficulty sorting through some issues. Collaboration keeps couples out of court -- something that is not only beneficial for them, but also for thei...

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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.

The applicant must file a notice of application ...

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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.

Much might hinge on where in the di...

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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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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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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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Can family law order force someone to pay vehicle insurance?

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on May 27, 2019.

Court orders can accomplish many things. But can a British Columbia family law court order be enforced when it directs a vehicle owner to insure a vehicle that is to be transferred to a former spouse? The British Columbia Supreme Court ruled no after a separating couple were embroiled in a financial dispute over whether they were actually considered to be spouses. Although their trial is se...

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