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Family law: Divorce moves from stigma to celebration

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. 

Family law: When a stepmother has to contend with unruly stepkids

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.

Family law: High conflict custody cases and the courts

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. 

Family law: When older children live in 2 households

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.

Family law: Can a prenuptial agreement pave the way to happiness?

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.

Family law: Positively negotiating a prenuptial agreement

Couples today have much more to lose should they end up divorcing. As such, family law rules in British Columbia allow couples to fashion agreements that accompany their life-long pledges of love ... just in case. A prenuptial agreement is not a document of mistrust, but one which might allow couples to write down their expectations for their finances and for their relationship. This document not only spells out how assets would be divided should the marriage end but also what would happen financially should one spouse die during the marriage.

Family law provides alternatives to solving conflict in Canada

There are ways to resolve conflict when it comes to divorcing parents having conflicting ideas where their children are concerned. Family law in Canada gives parents the tools to be able to iron out their differences. In most cases, court is not the way to straighten out a bumpy road, as there are other alternatives.

Putting Kids First: The Proposed Changes To The Divorce Act

For the first time in 20 years, Canadian federal divorce laws are poised to undergo some significant changes. Bill C-78, which was tabled in the House of Commons, focuses on child-centred language and initiatives aimed at moving the divorce process away from the court system.

Parental Rights For Same-Sex Parents

Same-sex couples, whether married or common-law, have the same rights and responsibilities as their heterosexual counterparts. From ensuring that same-sex families with more than two parents have equal parenting responsibilities to recognizing issues often associated with assisted reproduction, some practical considerations often need to be made when navigating certain obstacles.