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Do divorces have to split their pension with their ex?

Spouses who have financially supported a marriage can sometimes feel bitter when their financial obligations continue after a divorce. For this reason, some of the biggest points of contention for British Columbia couples during property division are retirement savings and pensions. Current family law standards may require those who have grown a pension over the course of a long-term marriage to split that with their ex-spouse, regardless of the circumstances around the divorce. 

Parental alienation may affect child support under family law

In contentious divorces, children can sometimes end up in the middle. While the emotional and personal costs of parental alienation is well-documented, people may not be aware that alienating an ex can also have financial consequences. Under British Columbia family law, payor parents who are alienated may have recourse in court.

When a parent is intent on moving with the kids

When you and your spouse made the decision your marriage was no longer working and you decided to divorce, it was most likely that the best interests of your children were paramount to both of you. Children thrive with stability and routine, yet there are times when one parent -- for whatever reasons -- believes that moving away is the best solution to his or her personal situation.

The complexities of a divorce with education savings for children

When a divorce occurs, people typically expect that finances will be divided between each spouse. However, there are some accounts that people may be less likely to consider in property division, such as RESPs for children. For many British Columbia couples, choosing who will hold these education savings can become a significant issue when dividing assets.

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