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Can I Get a Divorce Without My Spouse’s Consent?

Can I Get a Divorce Without My Spouse’s Consent in Vancouver, BC In some Vancouver divorces, the spouses don’t agree about the need for a divorce. This can create a contentious situation where one of the spouses believes that the marriage has broken down irretrievably and the other often wants to try to “work it out”. Such situations can be complex to resolve. Proceedings generally go smoother if both parties can agree on the fundamental need for divorce (as well as the main separation issues) but the consent of both spouses is not necessary to obtain a divorce in [...]

By |07/11/2022|

Proving Common Law Relationships When Separating in British Columbia

Separation and Proving a Common Law Relationship in BC If you are unmarried when you separate from your partner in Vancouver but are hoping to claim common-law status, you may need to prove that your relationship qualifies as “common law” under B.C. family legislation. According to the B.C Family Law Act, you may be entitled to the same rights as a married spouse, providing your relationship meets the definition of common law here. This includes the same rights regarding property division, spousal support, and child support that married couples can access during a divorce. Under the Family Law [...]

By |20/09/2022|

Factors Determining a Child’s Best Interests in Alberta

What are factors that determine what's in a child's best interest? You will hear the phrase “child’s best interests” repeatedly if you need to discuss child custody arrangements in Alberta. All court decisions involving children will be made in the child‘s best interests and parents must also consider these first and foremost when making separation agreements — as no divorce will be granted unless you provide reasonable evidence that the child’s best interests have been met. This is one of the clearest principles in family law. In fact, the new Divorce Act amendment, which came into effect [...]

By |30/08/2022|

Family Agreements After Separation in British Columbia

Separation and it's effects on a family agreement in BC Separating from a spouse involves many important decisions that have consequences for those around you, especially if there are children from your marriage or common-law relationship. You will need to decide how will you take care of the children, how property and debt will be divided, whether support payments are due, and so on. At emotional times like this, it can be challenging. The guidance and support of a family lawyer can help you and your spouse agree on the terms of the separation and draw up an [...]

By |29/08/2022|

Top Reasons Not to Self-Represent in Alberta Family Law Matters

Representing yourself Over Family Law Matters in Alberta Some people self-represent in family law matters in Calgary. On the face of it, this may seem like a viable option but it rarely is. Often, the motivation for self-representation is to save on legal fees but many family law issues can have a huge impact on family members’ lives and, with such high stakes involved, saving a few dollars can be a false economy if the result of the dispute or legal action goes against you. Other people are worried about the impact of sharing intimate family matters with someone [...]

By |08/08/2022|

How to Obtain Emergency Child Custody in Alberta

Obtaining Emergency Child Custody Orders in Alberta The safety of one’s children is a parent’s priority and if this is put at risk, you probably don’t need reminding that it is important to act. Whether that means a call to the police or your lawyer, the family law system in Alberta can help you protect your children. You may have several options, including obtaining emergency child custody via an emergency protection order — but it can be challenging during such a concerning and stressful period to take the right steps at the right time. The following explains how you [...]

By |13/07/2022|

Understanding Parenting Plans and Custody Agreements in Alberta

Parenting Visitation Rights and Custody Agreements in Alberta When couples get married, no one plans to divorce. Yet, in 2021, 7.4 million people obtained a legal divorce in Canada. Although divorce is a common occurrence, it is a stressful one, especially when children are involved. Our goal at Spectrum Family Law Calgary is to make this difficult transition as smooth as possible. We aim for you to have a clear understanding of the systems in place so that you can best protect and care for your family. When dealing with something as important as custody agreements and parenting [...]

By |27/06/2022|

How to Get Sole Custody of Your Child in British Columbia

How a Parent Gets Sole Custody of Their Child in British Columbia With most divorces involving children in BC, child custody matters are settled so that both parents have approximately equal parenting time and both play an active role in the decision-making for their children. This is the general rule applied but it is not always possible — or desirable. Sole custody of a child can be awarded by then BC courts where it is warranted. To obtain sole legal or physical custody in BC is not easy and there is usually a high burden of proof [...]

By |08/06/2022|

Father’s Rights and Child Custody in British Columbia

Father’s Rights and the Effects of Child Custody in British Columbia During and after separation and divorce, one of the toughest things for parents to come to terms with is spending less time with the children. Mothers and fathers have equal rights with custody and parenting in Vancouver and the important role that a father plays in raising the children is well-recognized. However, statistics show that mothers are awarded primary parenting of the children in almost 80 percent of separations in Canada. In the majority of cases, mothers put their children first and are happy to share the [...]

By |15/03/2022|

Family Law Legislation in Alberta

Understanding Family Law Legislation in Alberta Several important laws govern family matters in Alberta, the most important of which is the Family Law Act. These provincial laws must also work with federal laws like the Divorce Act in certain situations. It is normal for families to experience issues like relationship breakups, disputes over children or parenting, support issues, parentage or guardianship issues, and so on. The prevailing laws are designed to help resolve such issues and, from time to time, amendments are made to them. These important laws are the mainstays of family law in Alberta, so families seeking [...]

By |02/03/2022|

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