Posts tagged "Family Law"

Family law: What to do if child abuse is suspected

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.

Family law: Resolving business problems involving family members

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 for years and, unfortunately, might be spilling over into professional life.

Family law: Genetic testing on immigrants

Genetic testing is used in many immigration cases, and experts are saying this practice could be dangerous. These kinds of issues in British Columbia and in all of Canada come under the family law umbrella and are, for the most part, controversial. Biological relationships have been confirmed or denied by DNA tests by immigration authorities since the 1990s, and in some cases, private ancestry companies have been used to conduct those tests.

Family law: When situations change child support payments

The law does not look favourably on those who skip out on child support payments. Family law in British Columbia makes is quite clear that children come first and making support payments is in their best interests. Sometimes, though, life has a way of creating situations of financial hardship, making it difficult for the payor to fulfill his or her child support obligations.

Family law: Arguing over residential arrangements could hurt kids

The best interests of the children should always be at the forefront of any divorce agreements. Family law in British Columbia has rules in place to see that this is the case.  When parents start to quibble over splitting their physical time with their children on a 50-50 basis, chances are it becomes about what is best for them and not for their kids. When arguments ensue about who is with the kids and for how long, it can create problems in children that may follow them into adulthood.

Family law: Final separation agreements may not be final at all

If a separating couple is going to have a documented separation agreement, they might want to know that it may never be a final document. Separation and divorce in British Columbia are governed by family law. Agreements drawn up without legal advice may be scrutinized by the court if parts of the document are erroneous.

Family law: Woman given OK to use in vitro embryos

A woman who wanted to use frozen embryos to conceive a child after she divorced from her husband has been given the go-ahead by a judge. These kinds of decisions in British Columbia as well as the rest of the country come under the family law umbrella. The woman's former husband did not agree with her wish, so they woman pursued the legal avenue.

Family law: British Columbia divorce files publicly accessible

Marriage and divorce are federally mandated in Canada, but most other family law issues fall under widely varying provincial laws. Divorce records in British Columbia and others in provinces and territories -- with the exception of Quebec -- aren't sealed and so every personal detail can be publicly scrutinized.

Family law: The fairness factor of spousal support

Life can seem unfair at times. When a British Columbia couple breaks up, there are family law rules in place to ensure there is as much fairness as possible in the divorce process. However, a former partner who pays spousal support may not see it that way. If a couple can't come to an agreement on a figure, a judge will do it for them, so there is a lot to say about trying to work out a settlement.

Family law: Some kids' places off limits after divorce

Children are especially vulnerable after their parents divorce. Kids in British Columbia need places where they feel safe and they're away from the possible angst created by their parents' divorces. Most often, those places are day cares or schools. Those places are usually havens for children whose parents are involved in divorce proceedings, and when parents bring their family law issues into those settings it can be especially disturbing for their kids.

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