24 May 2024

Decoding BC Relationships: Navigating the “Marriage-Like” Grey Area

By Lauren Liebowitz (Blumberg)

When it comes to family law in British Columbia, the distinction between being in a common-law relationship, commonly referred to as a marriage-like relationship, and simply cohabitating can have significant implications. Marriage-like relationships can trigger legal rights and responsibilities similar to those of married couples. To help you navigate these waters and maintain your independence,…

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8 March 2023

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The Implementation of UNDRIP in Canada and BC: What Does This Mean for Indigenous Women and Girls?

By Anita Boscariol

This article is part of a series of educational blog posts created by a team of Watson Goepel women lawyers in light of International Women’s Day 2023, to empower, celebrate, and encourage women in Canada. On November 28, 2019, British Columbia became the first jurisdiction in Canada to incorporate the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples…

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8 March 2023

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Addressing The Gender Gap in Personal Injury Damages Assessments: An Option Other Than “Othering”?

By Watson Goepel LLP

This article is part of a series of educational blog posts created by a team of Watson Goepel women lawyers in light of International Women’s Day 2023, to empower, celebrate, and encourage women in Canada. “Othering” refers to “viewing and treating a person or group of people as different from yourself and most people. Othering can lead to discrimination…

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8 March 2023

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When Women Get a Disproportionate Part Of a Will and/or Estate Due to Cultural Traditions

By Janet De Vita

This article is part of a series of educational blog posts created by a team of Watson Goepel women lawyers in light of International Women’s Day 2023, to empower, celebrate, and encourage women in Canada.   In certain cultures, women are gifted substantially less under a will compared to their brothers.   In Prakash and Singh v Singh et al, 2006…

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8 March 2023

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Exploring Surrogacy: Its Legality, Compensation, and Other Considerations

By Alexandra Levine

This article is part of a series of educational blog posts created by a team of Watson Goepel women lawyers in light of International Women’s Day 2023, to empower, celebrate, and encourage women in Canada.   Defining Surrogacy A surrogate mother is a woman who carries a baby full term on behalf of someone else. In some cases, the…

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8 March 2023

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Sexual Assault and Right To Privacy

By Watson Goepel LLP

This article is part of a series of educational blog posts created by a team of Watson Goepel women lawyers in light of International Women’s Day 2023, to empower, celebrate, and encourage women in Canada.   Women continue to be statistically at a far greater risk of sexual violence in Canada. The Canadian Women’s Foundation summarizes statistics of gender-based…

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8 March 2023

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Building a Better World for Women

By Ben Ling (Linda) Chen and Sarah Hentschel

This article is part of a series of educational blog posts created by a team of Watson Goepel women lawyers in light of International Women’s Day 2023, to empower, celebrate, and encourage women in Canada.   International Women’s Day is an important day for us women lawyers, as it celebrates the achievements and contributions of women to the world,…

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7 March 2023

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Can You “Separate” From Your Spouse While Living In a Shared Home?

By Danica Beck

This article is part of a series of educational blog posts created by a team of Watson Goepel women lawyers in light of International Women’s Day 2023, to empower, celebrate, and encourage women in Canada.   Separation vs Divorce According to the Divorce Act, a breakdown of a marriage may be established when you and your spouse have ‘lived separate and…

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