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Who Gets To Keep The Family Pet After A Divorce?

Many couples that own pets say they develop a relationship with them akin to raising children. There is an emotional bond and a level of care and affection provided to pets that is not given to other types of property. However, there is currently no legislation that dictates pets should be shared between divorcing spouses. Pets are treated like property, and essentially remain with the person who obtained or brought the pet into the relationship.

Do grandparents have rights to see their grandchildren?

Some grandparents care for grandchildren as much as parents do. However, there can be conflicts between the parents, or between a parent and the grandparents, which can create barriers for grandparents to see their grandchildren. In these situations, do grandparents have an absolute right for contact with their grandchildren?

Nothing in the Family Law Act specifically grants grandparents the right to see their grandchildren. Grandparents can bring an application to the court to see them, but the court does not have to grant the grandparents a Contact Order.

Collaborative Divorce Offers Civility For Families

Many perceive divorce to be a contentious battle between the two parties which ends with a winner and a loser. While some splits may fit into that category, far from all divorces need this level of public debate and tension between former spouses.

Particularly for couples with children it may be worth exploring other options for resolving a divorce in a more civil manner. Collaborative family law offers couples and families the chance to complete a divorce process without court dates and long, drawn-out legal battles.

Alex R. Chan joins Henderson Heinrichs LLP in the Vancouver office

We are pleased to welcome family lawyer Alex R. Chan to our Vancouver office.Alex completed his articles at Sincerity Law Group in Vancouver, which he practiced in the areas of corporate law, wills and estates, and real estate. Alex's experience with these areas has taught him the value of being precise in communication. Alex has joined Henderson Heinrichs LLP to focus primarily on family law.

The Breakdown of a Polyamory Relationship: What You Need To Know

Polyamory is a hot topic these days.  Societal expectations for relationships seem to be becoming more permissive, and with television shows like "Big Love", and major news networks publishing polyamory "explainers" (https://globalnews.ca/news/4320857/what-is-polyamory/), polyamory appears to be working its way somewhat closer to the mainstream.  It's clearly not a topic that is going away anytime soon.  But polyamorous relationships, just like other more "traditional" relationships, have the potential to break down. And what happens when a spousal polyamorous relationship breaks down?  What happens in a polyamorous divorce?

Examinations for Discovery: What are They and how are They Used in Family Law?

If you are headed to trial, examinations for discovery may be part of the preparation that the lawyers go through to obtain the facts relevant to the claims made in your family law matter. An examination for discovery and review of documents the parties have disclosed helps the lawyers confirm the facts that each party is going to rely on at trial and can help to narrow the issues. The results can also sometimes lead to settlement negotiations and agreements. Your examination for discovery will likely be the first time that the opposing lawyer will hear from you directly and this can help him or her better understand the strengths of your case and whether you will make a good witness at trial. The transcript from your examination for discovery can be used in court to undermine your credibility or as the basis for legal arguments regarding your position. Remember that it is a tool for the other side (not you), but it is vital that you be accurate and forthright in your answers. It shows respect for the court and the legal process itself. Your lawyer will have the opportunity to conduct an examination for discovery of the opposing party. 

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


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