Category: Family Law

The date of separation is when it is clearly made known to the other spouse the relationship is over, and steps are taken in that regard.
The breakdown of a relationship inevitably triggers a number of issues, both personal and financial, that may require immediate and careful management.
An old legal sage once pointed out the obvious that a marriage can end in only one of two ways:  Divorce or death. 
One of the most formidable tools available to a spouse who is separating from their partner is an interim restraining order from the court.
Ever since the Family Law Act came into force in British Columbia, the definition and determination of which relationships are considered to be “marriage-like” as set out in the act has become a high stakes endeavor.
A recent interesting court decision came out last week from the B.C. Supreme Court.
I recently attended a Continuing Legal Education Society of BC presentation about the significant changes coming to the Provincial Court Family Rules.
The amendments to the federal Divorce Act came into force March 1, which marked long overdue changes to a piece of legislation that has not been significantly amended in more than 30 years.
This article is the first in a series about the intersection of family law and estate planning.
One of the issues that can frequently come up, particularly when couples separate later on in life and when they have higher net worth assets is the question of “double dipping”.
The McDermott case provides an example where the court in a family law case will order production of communications between lawyer and client despite a claim of solicitor-client privilege.
The Supreme Court of Canada released its written decision in the case of Michel v. Graydon. This was a case that involved the interpretation and application of section 152 of the Family Law Act.
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