On behalf of Henderson Heinrichs LLP posted in family law on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
When couples decide to separate, it’s safe to say they have a lot on their minds. When they’re also parents, the decisions they make not only impact them individually, but as a family. British Columbia family law can help parents to do what is in the best interests of their children, and that includes avoiding some common pitfalls during separation and divorce. The first decision to be made concerns the family home — to stay or not to stay.
Experts says spouses who separate are eager to have their own spaces, but that might not be best for the children, at least not right away. Decisions regarding child custody are often made using time spent with children as a yardstick, so staying in the same home and maintaining separate sleeping areas could be wiser than one parent moving out. It’s also easy to let emotions take over, but acting out those emotions is usually detrimental for children.
Other things of which parents should be mindful, experts suggest, are sharing personal information on social media sites and spending money frivolously after deciding to separate. The court could look upon both those things negatively. Also, a parent cannot take a child on vacation without the consent of the other parent.
There are many best practices when it comes to children and separation and divorce. For the best answers to what may and may not be possible legally, a British Columbia family law lawyer should be consulted. A lawyer is familiar with current laws as they relate to the family and to children and offer advice after reviewing a client’s circumstances.