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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
Mark Perry recently acted for the father in T.L.M. v J.K.B, 2018 BCSC 2237. The case concerned a high-conflict dispute over parenting arrangements for the couple's young, autistic son.
It has been said that winning big money can change people. When one person in a couple wins a lottery or the couple themselves win and then separate or divorce later, family law rules in British Columbia will look at the individual situations. There are five cases, in particular, where the court decided lottery proceeds should be split equally.
In our increasingly globalized world, it is common for family lawyers to see marriages between two people from different countries. Once together, you understandably want to live and work in the same place, but acquiring permanent residency in Canada can be a lengthy and paperwork-ridden task. Spousal sponsorship for permanent residency, therefore, is a good avenue to take as it allows a non-Canadian spouse to remain and work in Canada. This is a great option while you're married, but what happens to your sponsorship status if you just can't work things out?