Articles under the category “Cohabitation Agreements”:

Family Lawyer Vancouver Discusses New Family Law Act

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On March 18, 2013 the new Family Law Act (“FLA”) Bill 16-2011, will go into effect.  The main purposes of the FLA are to encourage families to use the out of court resolutions and to better protect children.  The following highlights three of the key changes.

Family Dispute Resolution

The FLA imposes on parties an obligation to make a joint effort to resolve their family law dispute outside the court system.  This obligation is because the court processes forces the parties to become adversaries which harms the children and dissipates the family’s assets.  How does the FLA ensure that the courts are used as the last resort for resolving disputes?  The FLA in Section 8(2) imposes a duty … Read more »

Cohabitation Agreements Rise In Popularity for Risk-Averse Couples

For those who agree to share their apartments or homes, if not their entire lives together, a legal document may help smooth out the details in the event of romantic derailment. 

With more and more Canadians – British Columbians especially – eschewing marriage in favor of the less-formal arrangements, a cohabitation agreements has become a must-have. 

The agreements draw up conditions for couples who fear not only the consequences of a failed marriage, but what a break-up might do to their living situation.  You might not be able to escape the messy entanglements of the heart that remain long after a long-term relationship ends, but at least you can protect yourself from losing your home, or your pets. … Read more »