Family situations can get complicated after divorce. When children are a part of the equation, there are many things divorcing parents need to iron out, like child custody. There are guidelines in place in British Columbia under family law; however, when children become old enough, they may begin to assert their desires about which parent they would like to spend more time with, and that might be with the alternate parent -- the one who doesn't have the children most often.
There is nothing worse for children than when they hear one parent putting their other parent down. Family law in British Columbia always looks to what is in the best interests of children and parental alienation is not. One family court judge recommends a three-pronged approach to prevent such alienation.
When the paternity of a child is in question, it affects many things. Family law in British Columbia is clear-cut when it deals with a child's paternity and the issues that go along with it such as child support and parental rights. It should be noted, too, that even though a man may not be the biological father of a child or children, he may still be financially responsible for them in some cases.
It is incumbent upon everyone to keep children safe. Family law in British Columbia has laws and rules in place with the best interests of children in mind. With that, there are resources available to residents who believe a child is being abused, neglected or harmed in any way. In fact, the Child, Family and Community Services Act stipulates that anyone who believes a child may need protection for any reason is obliged to report it to a social worker who will look into the situation.
When it's over, it's over -- well, not entirely for some couples. British Columbia couples who have separated and have decided to divorce have things under family law to figure out -- things like the division of property. But for some couples, living apart is not an option right away. Maybe people need to stay under one roof for financial reasons or perhaps they've made the decision to stay in the same home for the sake of the children.
One of the most nerve-wracking and emotional experiences in life is going through a divorce. Family law in British Columbia makes the rules under which divorce falls. These rules also cover the family home. Some couples may wonder what happens to the home -- especially when there is a mortgage involved. The first question that needs to be answered is whether the home will be sold or whether one person intends to stay; but the decision hinges on whether the individual choosing to stay would be able to qualify for a mortgage on his or her own.
Thousands of benefits could be at risk with the revamping of the term, shared-custody parent. The federal government recently introduction draft legislation that would change family law regarding what shared custody means. British Columbia parents could be affected by the legislation since a shared-custody parent would have to live with his or her children at least 40% of the time every month.
Good faith goes a long way when trying to sort out family issues through litigation. When both parties want to see a contentious family law issue sorted in British Columbia, the worst way to go about doing that is approaching litigation in bad faith. Approaching a problem negatively can cause added problems for everyone involved and those problems can be emotional as well as financial.
When divorced parents live in two different countries, decisions regarding children can be difficult. Family law judges in British Columbia have based their decisions regarding children's living circumstances on parental intentions and circumstances, but that may all be changing. The Supreme Court of Canada recently said that these cases should be looked at taking all relevant circumstances into consideration.
Many parents don't realize that a family court can appoint a lawyer for their infant children. Under family law in British Columbia and other provinces in the country, a lawyer for children can be appointed when child protection is an issue. There are times when the parents' consent is not required, especially when the children are involved in contentious divorce or custody proceedings.