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Family law tackles grey divorce

More and more, the life expectancy of the average Canadian is extending. For some British Columbia residents, this means a solid 25 years of retirement to spend with a long-standing spouse. However, family law experts are finding that more and more people over the age of 65 are choosing to go the route of divorce rather than spend another two decades in a marriage that does not make them happy. 

Alternative to court route in family law

Individuals who have gone through a divorce can attest that it is a complex and sometimes expensive process. Here in British Columbia, however, there are family law alternatives to handling a divorce through the courts. The so-called "no-court divorce", otherwise known as a collaborative divorce, is becoming more popular with couples dedicated to a less contentious divorce experience. 

The importance of understanding property division in divorce

There are a number of pressing issues faced by a couple when they choose to divorce. British Columbia residents already know that property division is among the most contentious. Understandably, how marital property is divided can have a profound influence on the financial status of both parties once the divorce is finalized. This is why it is important for couples seeking a divorce to understand their rights and responsibilities when it comes to the divorce process.

Determining business property division in divorce

It is not uncommon for a divorce to take place between two individuals who jointly own a business. British Columbia residents surely understand that dividing business assets is separate from the general property division that would take place in a divorce between a couple who do not share a business. However, many of the same principles apply in both cases. 

Family law: Should a will be updated upon marriage or divorce?

In British Columbia, as in other Canadian provinces, changes are made to laws from time to time to accommodate evolving communities. One such a change was made to modernize the wills and estates legislation of the province. On March 31, 2014, the Wills, Estates and Succession Act went into effect. This modification affected the manner in which wills are regarded in family law occurrences, such as marriages or divorces, and also who is defined as a spouse.

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