There is not a lost irony in a co-parenting relationship. One of the main reasons couples separate or divorce is because they fail to positively communicate with each other and yet that is the very thing they need to do when positively co-parenting their children. British Columbia family law gives these couples the means by which to do that. One of the ways is through a co-parenting plan.
One of the reasons some couples divorce is because they can't agree on some very important issues. If they have children, they may not be able to come to a consensus about child support either. If that's the case, family law in British Columbia gives them the tools to help such as family justice counsellors, child support officers and a Parenting After Separation Program, which all come with no financial cost.
Divorce can be like a battleground and when children are involved, they're often caught in the cross fire. Thankfully, there are tools under family law in British Columbia which can help at-odds parents to successfully co-parent their kids. Mediation is one way to overcome hurdles, even if the going isn't initially easy.
There is help for families going through the pain and sadness of divorce. The Supporting Families Experiencing Separation and Divorce Initiative (SFI) under family law in British Columbia and in the entire country, aims to improve family access to justice and encourages parents to keep family obligations when it comes to issues like child support and access. Started in 2009, the initiative is supposed to come to an end in March 2019, but those in the legal profession are asking the federal justice minister to permanently renew it.
The federal government will soon enact a new law that will allow indigenous children to stay with their families. The legislation was written with the input of indigenous groups in Canada. Jane Philpott, Indigenous Services Minister, says that many indigenous children are taken out of loving homes because those families are financially poor. She says neglect has been used as a misnomer for poverty and that no child should be taken away from parents simply because they're poor. Rules that govern child welfare are mandated by provinces and territories under the family law umbrella.
Times have changed in terms of the stigma that was once associated with divorce. Family law tools and rules over the years may have helped change the attitude towards British Columbia married couples splitting up. In many respects, those who divorce are now seen as people who are making the wise choices of ending marriages that are no longer working.
Being in a blended family can be difficult for everyone involved. Being a stepmom can come with a lot of baggage and perhaps uncertain boundaries when it comes to how to treat stepchildren who seem to be out of control. British Columbia has family law tools which offer help to people in these types of situations. To be able to communicate effectively with stepchildren, the two spouses must have good communication between themselves.
Divorce can be nasty business, and children often become embroiled in the crossfire. But when family law issues concerning child custody matters head to the courts in Canada, are courts making the most prudent judgements? By the time a case gets to the court, it is usually rife with problems since positive resolutions to child custody cases need not involve the courts at all.
Kids between the ages of 9 and 12 usually have a good inkling of what's going on when there is trouble brewing between their parents. This, too, is the time when many children are starting to assert their own individuality, and it can be difficult for them going between two households, especially when they may be a part of a blended family. There are tools within the family law dynamic in British Columbia that can help kids and their parents overcome the difficulties these tweens may be experiencing when they are part of two families.
Couples never enter into marriage thinking that one day they will be signing divorce papers. Family law in British Columbia gives couples the tools with which to start the marriages off on the right foot. One of the documents that can do this is a prenuptial agreement. Since many people are waiting to get married later in life -- in their 30s and in some cases even older -- they likely have amassed much of their own assets. A prenuptial agreement can help a couple to understand how each views the relationship and what they expect from each other.