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Avoid disputes with a solid parenting plan

Parenting after divorce can be a difficult transition. In this environment, disputes may arise between parents. To prevent these arguments from making the situation worse – and to prevent some fights altogether – parents should create a solid parenting plan.

A parenting plan is an agreement in which parents establish rights and responsibilities for each person after a divorce. It essentially serves as a guidebook. To be most effective, your plan should be specific to your situation and include the following elements:

Cutting corners in your divorce can have costly consequences

Divorce can be complicated. It can take more time and cost more money than people expect, which is why people often seek out ways to make the process easier and less demanding. However, not all the methods people seek out are helpful. Some ultimately do more harm than good.

Below are three common missteps people make during a divorce in the interest of saving time, money or energy.

How do we divide property in a British Columbia divorce?

When you end your marriage or common-law partnership, dividing your property can be one of the most contentious elements of the split. Property can represent both a financial and emotional investment, and parties typically want to protect those investments.

As such, disputes can arise. However, by understanding how the process works and what you can expect to receive, you can avoid some confusion and contention.

Four social media mistakes to avoid if you are divorcing

During a divorce, it is easy for parties to let their emotions take control. People often say or do things out of fear, anger or bitterness that they later regret. This is particularly easy to do thanks to outlets like social media.

Social media plays an increasingly common role in the Canadian legal system, including divorce cases. As such, if you are ending your marriage, you may want to think carefully about what you post, share, and like online. More specifically, you should take care to avoid the following four social media mistakes.

Will I receive spousal support if I get divorced?

One common fear people have when they divorce is whether they will be able to support themselves. This can be especially worrisome for people who are financially dependent on their spouse. If you are in this situation, you might not know where you will live or how you will pay your bills.

However, remember that there are legal measures in place that can make it easier to transition out of marriage financially. One possible solution is to request spousal support.

Unmarried? You can still take steps to protect your property

Deciding not to get married doesn’t mean that couples are not committed to each other.

However, if these relationships end, parties can face similar challenges to people who get divorced, including who gets to keep which property. This is especially true for people who own a home or other significant asset. Because of this, it can be wise to take precautions that can protect you and your property if you are unmarried but living (or plan to live) with your partner. One way to do this is to sign a cohabitation agreement.

Understand your legal options. Make informed decisions. Contact the family law lawyers of Henderson Heinrichs LLP


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