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Children's issues: Should kids stay with non-Indigenous family?

A First Nation mom whose children are in the care of non-Indigenous foster parents is fighting the system to have her children remain where they are. Many children's issues in British Columbia focus on what is best for the children involved, and this mother -- who had her five children removed from her care -- says her children are allegedly being used as pawns by her First Nation to point out that Indigenous children should be with Indigenous families. The woman insists, however, that her children are happy, healthy and cared for by their foster parents and sending them to live with far-away family members they don't know would be a mistake.

Relocation efforts may cause legal entanglements

Parents in British Columbia may already have enough to deal with in the normal course of parenting. However, when those parents are no longer living in the same house, it can cause additional challenges. You and your former partner may have spent significant time trying to work out parenting schedules that provide the least disruption for the children and remain workable for both of you.

Understanding division of property rules in divorce

A breakup can be complicated, both emotionally and practically. Couples often express their bond with each other by accumulating things as partners, such as a home, vehicles, jewelry or other valuables. British Columbia laws for division of property are not limited to married couples. If two people have lived together as if they were married for two years or longer, the laws for asset division may apply. Therefore, it is important for all couples going through a breakup to understand their rights and what they might expect from the legal process.

Divorce grief is a natural part of this family law process

Even those in British Columbia who are ready to move on from their marriages may be surprised to experience feelings of loss when they decide to meet with a family law professional and begin divorce proceedings. Marriage often sets the stage for a couple's hopes and dreams, and divorce may seem like the end of those dreams. While some may have already adjusted to being apart from a spouse, especially if they have been separated for some time, grieving the marriage itself can often be an entirely different process. However, there are ways to get through it successfully.

Family law: Court of appeal lets teen continue hormone therapy

A transgender minor has been given the green light by an appeal court to proceed with hormone therapy. The British Columbia Court of Appeal handed down a solid family law ruling in a recent case in which a B.C. teen wanted to continue with hormone therapy despite the opposition of his father. The child was born female, but identifies as male, though the child's father tried to stop the hormone replacement therapy.

Children's issues: Reporting child abuse, neglect in Alberta

It is incumbent upon all individuals to do their parts to protect the welfare of children. One of the most pressing children's issues in Alberta is that of child abuse and even though parents are primarily responsible for the safety and well-being of their children, there may be times when others have to step up and report suspected incidents that may be harming a child. Anyone who suspects a child is being neglected, abused or sexually exploited should report it to a Child Intervention caseworker in Alberta.

How to Prepare for your Initial Consultation with a Family Law Lawyer

If you are thinking about separating from your partner or have already separated, and you are ready to meet with a family law lawyer, there are a few things you can do to prepare for your initial consultation. Preparing for your consultation will allow you to maximize the time you have and get as much out of the meeting as possible. Knowing that you have the necessary information and/or documents may also help you feel more comfortable - meeting with a lawyer can be a stressful and overwhelming experience!

Children's issues: Suggested policies that may end child poverty

Certain policies that have been suggested by anti-poverty organizations may go a long way to ending child poverty in single-parent households in British Columbia. Children not having their needs met is one of the most challenging of children's issues in British Columbia today. Even though just 20% of kids are living in single-parent homes in the province, more than half of them are living at or below the poverty line.

Family law: Avoid mistakes that could cost you in a divorce

Making the decision to end a marriage can be fraught with all kinds of emotions. When couples in Alberta decide that divorce is the only option for them, luckily they may be able to garner some help from provincial family law information. However, there are some mistakes that might make the going tougher and it's important to know what they are, so they can be avoided.

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