Articles tagged “Family Law Services”:

Families Change: The Unbreakable Bond of Parenting

A recent key speaker was Professor Patrick Parkinson an internationally recognized expert on children and divorce and a family law professional who brings a perspective of many years as a legal scholar, researcher, and family law reformer.  Professor Parkinson is one of the world’s leading family law academics, with a particular expertise on parenting after separation, child support and complex property matters.  His books include the Indissolubility of Parenthood (2011) and The Voice of a Child in Family Law Disputes (with Judy Cashmore, 2008). He is a professor of law at the University of Sydney Law School and a specialist in family law, child protection and the law of equity and trusts.


Prof. Parkinson spoke on February … Read more »

Separation Agreements: Don’t Leave Your Relationship Without One!


After I successfully help my client enter into a separation agreement and obtain a divorce order, my job as a family and divorce lawyer is often done.  How did the client start the process?  Frequently, the client has consulted me for pre-separation advice over the past few years because their common law marriage or civil marriage is breaking down and the couple is seeking the help of marriage counselors.  Then the client advises me that they finally told their spouse that the relationship has ended for them and that they want to continue to have a good relationship because it is in the best interests of the children and because they don’t want to have a costly divorce … Read more »

Significant Changes To The Rights Of Children, Their Parents, Guardians, And Property Trustees Under the BC Family Law Act


On March 18, 2013 British Columbians will see the old Family Relations Act repealed and the new Family Law Act come into force. Under the new Act, parents who lived together after their child was born will both be the child’s guardians. While the child’s parents are living together and after the child’s parents separate, each parent is the child’s guardian. A parent will cease being a child’s guardian if the parents agree in writing or the court orders otherwise. Guardians ensure that a child is personally cared for and are responsible make decisions about the child’s home, education, health, and religion, and their financial and legal interests.


The new Family Law Act allows guardians to … Read more »