Deciding to separate leaves a couple with many things to consider. When separation will ultimately lead to divorce, British Columbia individuals need to keep in mind the date they actually separated since that will have a bearing on a number of issues. It's not always the easiest to pinpoint an exact date, however, since some couples decide to remain under the same roof during the separation.
A couple making the decision to end their marriage may have had some volatile conversations leading up to that decision. But experts say moving into a new decade British Columbia couples should learn how to discuss divorce in a more adult-like manner -- even when the issue is usually fraught with high emotions. The first step in discussing divorce is honesty since staying in a marriage when all avenues to rectify contentious issues have failed is not doing either individual or any children of the marriage any good.
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.
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.
January is the start of new beginnings, and it could also mean things are coming to an end. Many British Columbia couples -- and those all over the country -- make the decision to divorce come January; so much so, that many lawyers have dubbed it divorce month. Experts say there are reasons the first month of the year being so popular for marriages coming to an end.
One of the most contentious issues when it comes to family law is how much one spouse pays to another after increases in income. When couples divorce, one spouse often has to pay support to the other. But what happens if the payor gets a hefty salary increase at work or additional bonuses that weren't factored into the initial agreement? That is what one separated British Columbia recently had to deal with.
There are many areas of life that can be affected when a couple decides to part ways. Not only can divorce create financial hardship for each individual, but it may also have an effect on a person's mental health. British Columbia residents who are going through a divorce or separation are usually stressed about their financial situations, which -- in turn -- can wreak havoc with their overall well-being, including mental health.
When couples decide to end their marriages, very often the claws come out. Although lawyers advise their clients in British Columbia to disclose all their assets to their spouses in divorce situations, that isn't always what happens. It also doesn't mean that the person's former spouse will automatically get some of those hidden assets.
There are tax consequences associated with the end of a marriage. Some British Columbia couples are not prepared for the financial consequences after having made the decision to divorce and that may cause even more stress. According to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), a couple is considered to be separated if they have lived apart as a couple for at least 90 days and when separated the CRA will tax a resident as an individual.
Decades ago, no one ever talked about a couple splitting up. Divorce was like a bad word in the 1930s and 40s and only become somewhat acceptable socially moving into the 50s. But today, British Columbia couples who make the decision that their marriages are no longer working and choose to separate or divorce are actually celebrating their new-found freedoms with aplomb.