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Urgent Court Applications amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 18, 2020, the B.C. Supreme Court issued a notice on its website providing that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Supreme Court courthouses are closed and all regular court operations are suspended, effective immediately. The B.C. Provincial Court issued a similar notice suspending all court operations on March 25, 2020.

Family law: The importance of grandparents, bonus grandparents

There is a common belief today that people who are considered to be family don't have to be related by blood. British Columbia family law says it is incumbent upon adults to do what is in the best interests of children and sometimes that may mean including people in their lives who are positive role models, although not biologically family -- like bonus grandparents, for instance. Divorce can be particularly difficult for kids who are likely being co-parented, so when caring people can step in for a bit, it may be a positive experience for everyone.

Shared Parenting during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Shared parenting can be difficult in the best of times. The current climate of the COVID-19 virus pandemic and the self-isolation and social distancing measures in place will not make it any easier. Unfortunately, there are some parents who will attempt to capitalize on the COVID-19 pandemic to keep their children in their care and not release them to the other party, citing concerns for children being exposed to the virus. The only consideration that parents should have, whether during the pandemic or otherwise, is what is in the best interest of the children. The following are things to keep in mind when addressing parenting issues during the pandemic:

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: 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. 

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.

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.

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