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24 June 2021

Child Support: The Supreme Court of Canada’s guide to retroactive adjustments & the forgiveness of arrears

By Laurence S. Klass and Lindsay Morgan

In a recent decision, Colucci v Colucci, 2021 SCC 24 (“Colucci”), the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) clarified the appropriate framework for applications made under s. 17 of the federal Divorce Act. Under this section, parties can apply to the court for a retroactive adjustment to child support, or for the cancellation of unpaid child…

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16 December 2020

5 Holiday Tips for Co-parents

By Laurence S. Klass

The holidays can be a particularly challenging time for separated parents. Here are a few key tips to help keep the season bright for families. Please contact Laurence Klass of our Family Law Group for more information on co-parenting.    

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22 September 2020

New case for retroactive child support: Michel v Graydon

Payor parents, take note: even where a child has reached the age of majority, or become financially independent and is no longer considered a “child of the marriage”, the door is not closed on child support obligations that may have accrued in the past. A recent Supreme Court ruling means that the door remains open…

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21 August 2020

Divorce in pandemic times: Arbitration as a potential answer

By Craig Neville

This article was originally published by The Lawyer’s Daily (www.thelawyersdaily.ca), part of LexisNexis Canada Inc. Closed or inaccessible courts during this pandemic prompted me to consider how we resolve matrimonial disputes generally, and, more specifically, how we can resolve them more effectively in these stressful and uncertain times. Uncertainty creates anxiety, and when you couple…

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10 July 2020

Divorce law during a pandemic: the rise of arbitration

By Craig Neville

“Clients come to lawyers with problems they want solved, not issues they want litigated.” – Honourable Roy McMurtry I came across this old quote a few days ago and was prompted to consider how we resolve matrimonial disputes generally, and more specifically how we are resolving them in these pandemic times. Uncertainty creates anxiety, and…

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9 April 2020

Important Family Law deadlines to know: Parts 1 and 2

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

By 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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19 February 2020

You snooze, you lose: Family law deadlines you should know

Limitations dates, or deadlines for taking legal action, are one of the most important issues at the outset of any legal claim. In many cases, including those in family law, parties must bring claims before they “expire”, or else that claim will be extinguished. This article explores key family law situations where there is a…

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7 February 2020

Common pitfalls for family law clients

By 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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