Divorce & Family

Who is a “Spouse”?

The definition of spouse has evolved dramatically, and can vary depending on the legislation being considered, or the jurisdiction you are in. Both the Wills, Estates and Successions Act (“WESA”) and the Family Law Act define spouses as two people of any gender who are married to each other, or who have lived together in […]

Traveling with Children

The Government of Canada strongly recommends that children traveling abroad carry a consent letter proving they have permission to travel from every person with the legal right to make major decisions on their behalf, if that person is not accompanying the children on the trip. You can obtain the forms from their website at: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/children/consent-letter

FAQ

What is the legal age in BC? The age of majority is 19 in B.C. Do I really need a legal will and why? If you don’t have a will you estate will be divided by the Estate Administration Act. The rules in the Estate Administration Act are arbitrary and not necessarily what you would […]

Separation Agreements

A Separation Agreement can assist parties in navigating a variety of issues, including: Division of property and debts; Custody and guardianship; Parental responsibilities and parenting time; and Child and spousal support. Negotiating a Separation Agreement can result in avoiding costly court applications, and can create a guide that will assist parties in the future. Contact […]

Cohabitation Agreements

Perhaps you and your soon to be live in significant other have children from previous relationships and also have acquired assets prior to meeting each other. You may wish to ensure that these previously acquired assets and perhaps even certain classes of assets acquired after your relationship remain yours. A cohabitation agreement can ensure that […]