Family Law Archives | Watson Goepel Vancouver Lawyers

9 April 2020

Important Family Law deadlines to know: Parts 1 and 2

Donna Yamazaki

Due to COVID-19, limitation periods for commencing a family law action, proceeding, claim or appeal in B.C. are temporarily suspended, however, it is still important to be aware of key dates after which your rights to make a claim may expire, including for spousal support and property claims, CPP, and in some cases child support.…

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2 April 2020

COVID-19 and parenting time: Making it work

Laurence S. Klass

Managing parenting time schedules during a pandemic is an issue that has come to the fore, and parents are quite rightly asking what they should be doing to maximize safety while each still getting the appropriate amount of time with their children. The BC Health Minister Bonnie Henry was recently asked how COVID 19 would…

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7 February 2020

Common pitfalls for family law clients

Laurence S. Klass

Published in The Lawyer’s Daily, Partner Laurence Klass outlines some of the common mistakes made by separating and divorcing couples that he encounters in his practice. Examples include selling the family home and splitting the proceeds equally without considering the implications, DIY separation agreements, failing to recognize time limitation periods, and more.

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15 November 2019

Till debt do us part: dividing liabilities

Laurence S. Klass

When most people think of family law cases, their minds turn to the dilemma of fairly dividing the family assets (in other words, “matrimonial property”): the house, the car, the pensions, perhaps the heirloom grandfather clock in the dining room. The flip side of the coin, however, is frequently less straightforward. What is the best…

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28 October 2019

Collaborative Divorce – The gift of teamwork that keeps on giving

When people think of separation or divorce, they often think of two people aggressively fighting over their respective rights to finances, and access to shared children.  This view is perpetuated in the media and from the spreading of “horror stories” amongst friends and family members. While this is occasionally the case, the truth is that…

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24 June 2019

How Parenting Coordination Works in BC: Video

Craig Neville

Family law lawyer Craig Neville, a leading BC alternative dispute resolution professional, will be presenting on “Parenting Coordination Practice: 10 Years In” at the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLE BC) 12th Biennial Family Law Conference on July 4th.  In this recent video interview, Craig discusses how retaining a Parenting Coordinator helps high-conflict…

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6 June 2019

Make the most of your family law consultation with these helpful tips!

Dealing with family law matters can be very emotional and stressful, and many clients are overwhelmed when they first call to schedule an initial consultation with a family lawyer. Navigating the legalities around family matters can seem very foreign and confusing. Having an initial consultation with a family lawyer will help you understand the process,…

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22 May 2019

Older and Wiser: The Phenomenon of Grey Divorce. A Multi-Disciplinary Conference

Jonathan Lazar, head of Watson Goepel’s Family Law Group will be presenting on “Difficult Cases Involving Aging Clients” at the Collaborative Divorce Vancouver‘s Older and Wiser: The Phenomenon of Grey Divorce conference being held May 23-24. This multi-disciplinary conference will focus on understanding the unique needs and challenges of divorcing couples over 50 years of age.

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14 May 2019

Family Law and ‘Unbundled’ Legal Services

Gagan Mann

Individuals who are going through separation and divorce without a lawyer often feel considerable stress and uncertainty navigating the legal system. They may encounter difficulty educating themselves on court rules, procedures and the laws that apply to their case. For some, hiring a lawyer to represent them in their matter is simply not a financial…

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