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Therapy can help with the emotional outcomes of family law

When going through divorce, people face financial, legal and emotional hurdles. While many experts recommend staying level-headed and businesslike when dealing with family law issues, this can be difficult for those also dealing with feelings of betrayal, hurt, sadness and resentment. Some people divorcing in British Columbia may find it helpful to speak with a counsellor or therapist while divorcing to manage these emotional issues in a separate and constructive way.

Divorcees should understand pensions splitting under family law

When it comes to divorce, splitting Canada Pension Plans can be a difficult matter. One British Columbia man is learning this complexity the hard way. After contributing for over 40 years, he is only getting $338 per month after tax from CPP -- after agreeing to split the amounts with his now late ex-wife. In B.C., divorcing couples are not required by family law to split pension credits, so it is important to make an informed decision about this issue. 

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.

Family law says child support may be owed after age 18

Child support is a topic that comes up in many divorces across the country. Many British Columbia parents who pay child support may think that their payments will end once children turn 18. However, federal and provincial family law may require some parents to continue their support after the child is a legal adult, especially if post-secondary education is involved.

Family law ruling: Man owes over $500k in child support

In child support cases, staying up to date and honest about changes in one's financial situation are important to maintaining an agreement. A British Columbia man learned this the hard way when a court ordered that he pay over $522,000 in child support after providing misleading financial information to his ex-wife or the courts. Under provincial family law, income is an important factor in deciding how much will be given during a child support agreement.

Family law: determining the best child custody agreement

Child custody can be one of the most contentious parts of any divorce. Some British Columbia residents have experience in negotiating the best living situation for the children of divorced parents. Family law experts have specific opinions on what situation might be best, though of course this may not work for every family going through a divorce. 

How family law handles pet ownership

Many people identify as animal lovers, and households across Canada often include one or more pets. Many British Columbia residents facing divorce, however, are obviously concerned about the specifics of pet custody in the event of a divorce. Family law handles this issue in a variety of ways, depending on the unique specifics of the given divorce.

Family law experts weigh in on divorce myths

Divorce is common in the modern Canadian landscape, with an estimated 50 percent of marriages ending in a permanent separation. However, British Columbia residents may not have the full story when it comes to how family law handles the end of a marriage. Misinformation about divorce abounds, and there are many myths that people can fall prey to that may adversely affect how they choose to handle their own divorce. 

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