Posts tagged "Family Law"

New language could help British Columbia co-parents raise kids

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.

Family law: Judge supports teen's desire to transition genders

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.

Family law: Platonic parenting becoming a popular trend

Not everyone who wants kids wants to be in a traditional relationship. These days the family unit doesn't always consist of mom, dad and kids. British Columbia family law rules take that fact into account when it comes to issues like children and platonic parenting, which is gaining in popularity. More men and women are choosing to become parents and to co-parent them while maintaining friendships that aren't romantic.

Family law: Children want voices heard in divorce situations

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is often used in contentious divorce situations. Divorced British Columbia couples who co-parent their children often use ADR under family law to iron out issues regarding their kids -- issues regarding things such as parenting plans, visitation, custody and support. A parent coordinator may be able to help in the process to help keep individual cases out of courtrooms. 

Family law: Parental conflict has negative impacts on children

Kids may bear the devastating brunt of their parents' divorces more than anyone and sometimes even more than the couples themselves. Family law in British Columbia always considers what is best for the children in family situations. Children are very perceptive and they can be adversely affected by the parents' anger toward each other, so when parents also consider what's best for their kids, they may think again before displaying animosity or angry feelings toward each other in front of their children.

Family law: Divorce, marriage stats important for research

It seems statistics regarding marriage and divorce tie into health care. Family law in British Columbia and in the rest of the country it seems, is closely enmeshed with public service areas, including public health. Statistics Canada (StatsCan) has stopped publishing marriage and divorce data, much to the chagrin of researchers who are calling for the reinstatement of those figures since they say it paints a more rounded picture of the nation's public health, housing and child care.

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.

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