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Family law: There is a time limit on consent in certain respects

It has been said that a rose is a rose is a rose. The same does not apply when it comes to providing consent with respect to certain issues under family law in British Columbia as in the rest of the country. A recent case saw a family court judge deny a woman the use of an embryo after her former husband withdrew his consent. The embryo was created and frozen while the couple was still married.

Family law: Parenting coordinators can help with parenting plans

For divorced parents who have parenting plans in place, but need some extra help, parenting coordination may be an option. Parent coordinators have gained popularity under family law in British Columbia over the last few years. A parent coordinator's main function is to assist parents to implement their parenting plans and to help resolve contentious issues that might arise from those plans. 

Family law: Bill C-78 passes, addresses relocation of children

One of the most difficult decisions for divorcing parents to make is whether relocating their children would be in the children's best interests. Family law in British Columbia can provide the guidance parents may be seeking when relocation is on the table. Things can become especially problematic when one parent wants to relocate with the children and the other is not in favour. 

British Columbia family law: When is a spouse a spouse?

Canadian provinces have certain criteria for considering couples to be spouses. British Columbia family law states that unmarried couples must be living together for at least two years before they can make property or spousal support claims against each other if they decide to separate. Common law designations vary across the country and whether someone is looking to provincial or federal rules.

Family law: Stepparents' rights in British Columbia

Stepparents usually develop nurturing, positive and loving relationships with their stepchildren. When a couple in a blended family divorces, it may be that stepparents wish to maintain those relationships with their stepkids, and family law in British Columbia paves the way for them to do so. If it is in the best interests of the children to continue having contact with their stepparents, there are a number of ways in which this can happen.

British Columbia family law: Noncompliance with parenting orders

When a couple decides to separate they need to iron out details of what's what as they move forward separately. British Columbia family law paves the way for couples who are separating to fashion separation agreements that would legally indicate the particulars of the separation, including issues regarding children and could include agreements made about parenting. When one partners fails to follow what's in such an agreement, there are steps the other former spouse or parent can take to try to remedy the problem.

Family law: Helping kids through the stages of divorce

Divorce or separation doesn't affect children as a single event. Life changes that accompany parents' divorces have a waterfall effect on British Columbia kids' lives. Family law concerns itself with what is in the best interests of children, so giving parents the tools with which to help their children is one way parents can make sure their kids are moving forward positively in their new lives with different family dynamics.

Family law: When 1 parent disagrees with child counselling

Children are often caught in the middle of their parents' divorces. Family law in British Columbia always puts the best interests of children first. And sometimes that might mean that children of divorce may need counselling to process the changes that are taking place in their lives. But what happens when one parent doesn't agree to those counselling sessions?

Prenuptial agreements: are they still useful if you never separate?

When your fiancé proposes, it's supposed to be a magical moment when you plan to live the rest of your life with a person you trust. When your new fiancé proposes a prenuptial agreement, it seems anything but magical. If you never break up, why would you possibly need to make a plan for dividing up your financial assets?

Family law: Marriage and finances could be kept separate

A prenuptial agreement can safeguard the finances of an individual whose former spouse would have walked away with more than he or she deserved. Family law rules in British Columbia are pretty definitive on the division of assets upon the dissolution of a marriage unless a prenuptial agreement or a marriage contract stipulates otherwise. Prenuptial agreements have received a bad rap of simply being for wealthy people who want to safeguard their assets from a new spouse, but that is no longer the case.

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