Family law: When mental health issues figure in custody decisions

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on May 21, 2019.

Divorce situations can be embroiled with all kinds of issues. Parents may often be at odds regarding the custody of their children. British Columbia family law always has the best interests of children at heart and there are times when a parent's mental health comes into play and the individual's therapy records could be used by a family court judge to make custody and access decisions.

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Family law: Are final agreements really final?

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on May 9, 2019.

When a couple decides to part ways, they may choose to have a separation agreement drawn up. Under family law in British Columbia, these agreements need to have certain things in them in order to be considered binding and final. In fact, they may never really become final at all.

In a case in British Columbia, a couple married in 1996. They separated in either 2013 or 2014 —just one ...

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New language could help British Columbia co-parents raise kids

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on April 18, 2019.

There is an old adage that says doing things the same way all the time and expecting different results is par for insanity. Such is the same when it comes to divorced parents who co-parent their children. When British Columbia parents co-parent their children from different perspectives, problems may arise, so learning how to communicate with each other in a new way with the help of family l...

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Family law: Judge supports teen’s desire to transition genders

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on April 2, 2019.

A judge recently ruled in favour of a 14-year-old female beginning testosterone injections so she can begin the transition to the male gender, despite the fact the teen's father isn't in agreement. The British Columbia judge went a step further in this family law proceeding and ruled that if the youth was referred to by her birth name or gender it would constitute family violence. If the cou...

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Family law: Platonic parenting becoming a popular trend

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

Not everyone who wants kids wants to be in a traditional relationship. These days the family unit doesn't always consist of mom, dad and kids. British Columbia family law rules take that fact into account when it comes to issues like children and platonic parenting, which is gaining in popularity. More men and women are choosing to become parents and to co-parent them while maintaining frien...

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Family law: Children want voices heard in divorce situations

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on March 12, 2019.

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is often used in contentious divorce situations. Divorced British Columbia couples who co-parent their children often use ADR under family law to iron out issues regarding their kids -- issues regarding things such as parenting plans, visitation, custody and support. A parent coordinator may be able to help in the process to help keep individual cases out...

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Family law: Parental conflict has negative impacts on children

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

Kids may bear the devastating brunt of their parents' divorces more than anyone and sometimes even more than the couples themselves. Family law in British Columbia always considers what is best for the children in family situations. Children are very perceptive and they can be adversely affected by the parents' anger toward each other, so when parents also consider what's best for their kids...

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Family law: Divorce, marriage stats important for research

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on February 21, 2019.

It seems statistics regarding marriage and divorce tie into health care. Family law in British Columbia and in the rest of the country it seems, is closely enmeshed with public service areas, including public health. Statistics Canada (StatsCan) has stopped publishing marriage and divorce data, much to the chagrin of researchers who are calling for the reinstatement of those figures since th...

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Family law: What to do if child abuse is suspected

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on January 22, 2019.

There are laws in place to protect the physical and emotional well-being of children. When British Columbia residents suspect a child is being abused, it is incumbent upon them to report it to the authorities. Family law rules exist to ensure convicted child abusers are punished to the extent of the law.

There are four main areas of abuse: sexual, emotional, neglect and physical. Abuse...

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Family law: Resolving business problems involving family members

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on January 18, 2019.

When family members work together, it can be even more difficult to resolve problematic business issues. But it doesn't have to be that way. There are provisions under family law in British Columbia to help with conflict resolution, even if the dissension might be between those who are related. Running a business with family can unearth possible personal issues that may have been festering f...

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