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Reasons Why You Should Hire a Family Lawyer

Separation and it's effects on a family agreement in BC A skilled family lawyer can help you avoid and resolve legal disputes regarding loved ones. However, many families in BC wait to seek assistance until the situation has gotten so bad that they need court intervention and mediation and don't know what else to do. While many people think family lawyers only handle dispute resolution, that is not all we do. We can also help prepare agreements between spouses and partners, assist with the marriage and divorce process, and protect families who are victims of domestic violence. A family [...]

By |31/08/2022|

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|

Imputing Income to a Parent Who is Underemployed in British Columbia

How a Parent Gets Sole Custody of Their Child in British Columbia Parents in British Columbia have a positive duty to provide financial support for their children in an amount that is commensurate with their income (Family Law Act, s. 146(1); DBS v SRG, 2006 SCC 37). The Federal Child Support Guidelines provide rules guiding the determining of a parent’s income, and the amount of support payable, based on that income. But what happens when a parent’s income is less than it could be – especially where that situation results from the parent’s own choices? This question [...]

By |04/07/2022|

Child Support for Children Attending Post-Secondary Education

Child Support for a Child's Post-Secondary Education in Alberta Alberta’s Family Law Act states that every parent has an obligation to provide support for his or her child (s. 49(1)). After separation or divorce, this obligation requires parents, to the extent of their means, to share the costs associated with the care, support and educational needs of the child, and is not limited merely to providing the necessaries of life [1]. Nor is it limited to children who are minors. On the contrary, both the Divorce Act and the Family Law Act define a “child” to include one who [...]

By |30/06/2022|

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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