The Amber Alert System (AAS) has helped reunite many abducted children with their families. Family law in British Columbia -- and in all the country -- makes the best interests of a child paramount, and that includes keeping a child safe from harm. Although the AAS has helped many kids, some Canadians are thinking the system could be better, and many have complained that the shrill sound coming from their cell phones in the middle of the night isn't creating fans of the system.
There are many reasons why it may be necessary to ascertain who a child's biological father is. Paternity falls under British Columbia family law rules. Knowing who a child's father is may be important for situations concerning child support or child custody and doing what is in the best interests of the child. It should be known, however, that even if a man is found not to be a child's biological father, he may be held responsible for providing financially for a child, depending upon the circumstances.
There are times when child support doesn't end when a child turns 18 years old. British Columbia family law rules indicate that, if there is a maintenance order or an agreement that states otherwise, a payor must continue to pay child support until the order is no longer in effect or until the date stipulated in an agreement, which could mean until a dependent child finishes his or her post secondary education. Other factors that make an older child a dependent can include the child continuing to live at home, having a disability or a chronic medical condition, or being unable to find sustainable employment to live on his or her own.
A mother is fighting to get her daughters returned to the country after their father removed them from the country after the couple's marriage ended. Family law rules in British Columbia and in other provinces can be complicated when it comes to these types of issues, particularly when the laws of two countries come into play. A Canadian court has ordered the father to return the girls to Canada, but the issue is now before the court in the country in which the father and the girls are residing.
When a couple decides that living together is the next step in their relationship, each may want to safeguard their assets since common law unions aren't governed by the same rules as marriage affords. It is true that there are certain family law rules that speak to common law unions in British Columbia, but if one common law partner wants to leave the other with debt, it might be hard to recoup. It's not always cut and dried since many factors can come into play.
Court orders can accomplish many things. But can a British Columbia family law court order be enforced when it directs a vehicle owner to insure a vehicle that is to be transferred to a former spouse? The British Columbia Supreme Court ruled no after a separating couple were embroiled in a financial dispute over whether they were actually considered to be spouses. Although their trial is set for June, the issue of ownership and insurance on a van was brought into question.
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.
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.
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 law tools may be the answer to getting onto the same page regarding matters involving kids.
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 court finds that has occurred, parents could lose custody or access to the child.