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Category: Family Law

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How Much Does It Cost to Get a Divorce in BC?

If you are unhappily married, you may be thinking about separation and divorce. Or, you may have already separated from your spouse and now want to finalize your divorce. In either case, cost is a big concern. How much does it cost to get a divorce in BC? Are there ways to reduce the financial […]

Dividing Family Property on Separation: Can Your Agreement Be Set Aside

BC’s Family Law Act starts with the presumption that family property and family debt should be divided equally between spouses upon marital breakdown. But the Family Law Act also allows spouses to contract out of the equal division regime and resolve property matters on their own by negotiated agreement. Often this is done in advance […]

Unjust Enrichment in British Columbia – Family Law Case Study

The concept of unjust enrichment in Family Law is complex. In a recent case, Judge v. Judge, 2015 BCSC 1764, a family law case in which the court determined that properties acquired by contributions of a husband, wife, and the husband’s parents, but held in the name of the husband’s parents alone, should be reapportioned […]

Uncontested Divorce in British Columbia: A Comprehensive Guide

The only way to legally end your marriage is by getting a divorce order. Only a judge in the BC Supreme Court can grant you a divorce. So, you may be wondering: what is the fastest way to get a divorce in BC? An uncontested divorce—also known as an undefended divorce, simple divorce, or “desk […]

Common Law in BC: A Comprehensive Guide For Unmarried Couples

Common Law in British Columbia is a legal system that offers a unique perspective on relationships, particularly when it comes to spousal rights and responsibilities. Unlike other legal systems, common law spouses in BC can have the same rights and obligations as married couples, even if they never had a wedding ceremony. This can have […]

Common Law Partner Rights After Death in BC

The loss of a loved one is a difficult and emotional experience, and it can be made even more challenging if you’re unsure of your legal rights as a common law partner. In British Columbia, inheritance laws provide some protection for common law spouses who have been left behind after their partner’s death. But when […]
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Everything You Need To Know About Divorce in BC

Divorce in BC can be a stressful and emotionally challenging process. Whether you’re thinking about divorce or already in the middle of proceedings, you may be facing difficult decisions that will have a significant impact on your future. Issues related to finances, child custody, and relocation can add to the complexity of the situation. If […]

Is spousal support tax deductible?

Whether you’re facing a request to pay spousal support or need it to maintain your standard of living after a divorce, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the tax rules that apply. Our team of legal experts have a proven track record of success in handling spousal support cases, and we are here […]

How to not pay spousal support in British Columbia

Spousal support. Alimony. Spousal maintenance. Whatever term you use, it is important to know that it is not an automatic right when a relationship ends. In some situations, there is no entitlement to spousal support. In other situations, there may be entitlement to spousal support but legitimate, legal ways to minimize or avoid paying spousal […]

How long does spousal support last in BC?

When it comes to spousal support, the first question is always: “How much?” But beyond the question of how much spousal support is owed is the equally important question: “For how long?” Here is what you need to know about how long spousal support lasts in BC. What are the main purposes of spousal support? […]
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