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22 September 2020

New case for retroactive child support: Michel v Graydon

Anna Fei

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

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

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

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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