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Children's issues: When is it OK to leave a child unattended?

Some children like to assert their independence at an early age. That doesn't mean parents should leave them unsupervised. Some kids in British Columbia are known as latchkey kids, but when it comes to children's issues, the law is clear about when children can be left unsupervised and what they can do when they are left alone. 

Children's issues: Abuse cases expected to rise amid pandemic

There is nothing more important than the welfare of a child. Amid a worldwide pandemic now taking place, the local area is more mindful of children's issues and agencies acting as watchdogs for kids are bracing for increased incidents of abuse as they reduce services and the numbers of employees who work these cases. The government has advised people to stay at home and schools are also closed, and for some children being at home all the time is not safe or healthy.

Family law: Co-parenting effectively after divorce

Couples who decide to divorce likely have had issues with communicating. However, couples who are parents and who are divorcing need to come together to discuss those issues that will affect their children. Thankfully, there are co-parenting tips under family law that may help parents to agree to do what's in the best interests of their kids.

Family law agreements reduce conflict when relationships end

When preparing to get married, you make many business deals. You sign contracts for the caterer and the florist. You may negotiate with a photographer and the musicians. In the end, you and your spouse sign a licence to signify your legal bond. It might not seem romantic to think of your marriage as a business arrangement, but in a way, that's what it is.

Family law: Divorce can actually be a positive move forward

Divorce doesn't have to mean the end of a family. Family law has changed over the years and in the 21st century the family dynamic looks much different than it did decades ago. Former spouses in British Columbia who are parents can still maintain a bond with their children that includes spending holidays together and doing family things with their kids -- if they choose to maintain a civil relationship. 

Division of property: Wife shares pension despite bankruptcy

Separating couples have a lot to sort out. One of the issues that is on the table when a couple decides the marriage has come to an end is the division of property. But it can get a little tricky in British Columbia if one of the spouses declares personal bankruptcy after having separated. Pensions are usually considered during the divorce or separation.

Can a parent move children with custody access orders in place?

There are many things that might prompt a parent to want to move his or her kids away from the other parent. There could be abuse involved in the relationship, the parent may have a job offer elsewhere, or he or she may want to be closer to extended family. But according to family law rules in British Columbia, no parent can make the one-sided decision to move the children if the access rights of the other parent are affected. Women are mostly affected by these situations, although not always.

Family law: Will a protection order really protect you?

There are times when one faction of the law crosses into another. Family law in Alberta can enmesh with circumstances that could bring about charges in other areas such as criminal law. For instance, this can occur when there is abuse present in a relationship and one individual files a protective or restraining order against the other. But do these protection orders actually work? 

Family law: Avoiding parental mistakes during a divorce

Parents want what's best for their children, but when facing divorce, some people act on emotion rather than pausing to reflect on how what they're doing might affect their kids. British Columbia has family law rules in place that protect children and that protection is even more crucial in this technological age. There are some things parents need to know to sidestep making mistakes that could affect their children as they go through the divorce process.

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


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