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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.

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!

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.

Family law: Family is family even when parents get divorced

It's true that divorce does change the family dynamic, but it doesn't have to mean the end of a family unit. When Alberta parents are on the same page when it comes to doing what is best for their children as dictated by family law, then the pain of divorce may be lessened for everyone. Parental conflict can affect children negatively, so it's imperative divorcing parents keep their issues private.

Family law: Is an amicable divorce really possible?

Divorce doesn't have to be an all-out war. With the family law tools available in British Columbia, divorce can actually be quite amicable. The less stress a divorce creates on the family unit, the better -- especially when children are involved. With tools like mediation and collaborative divorce available to divorcing couples, the whole process can involve compassion and understanding.

Family law: Psychologist apologizes for unfair opinion

A psychologist has agreed that the report she gave in court regarding a visitation issue was one-sided. The psychologist, who is based on the west coast, was involved in a family law case in which a boy who also lives on the west coast with his mother, was set to visit his father in Alberta. The psychologist told a family court judge that the boy might hurt himself if he had to make that visit, but the psychologist admitted never talking with the boy's father. 

Family law: Some vaccination debates end up in court

The decision to immunize or not to immunize children is creating issues in the judicial system. Family law in British Columbia always has the best interests of children in mind and recently, a B.C. judge ruled that two children should be immunized as per the provincial immunization schedule -- much to the disapproval of their mother. The judge also ruled that the children's father should make decisions on the children's behalf regarding medical and dental procedures.

Family law: Do therapists ever suggest divorce?

Many couples who are having marital difficulties try therapy to sort out their issues. There are some tools under family law in Alberta that may help them, but when they have pretty much tried everything including therapy and nothing seems to be working, do therapists ever recommend divorce to end the suffering? Most therapists say they steer clear of giving advice of any kind and let the couple make their own decisions. 

You don't have to end your marriage in a court battle

One of the reasons you may be hesitating to follow through with your plan to file for divorce is because you do not want to find yourself battling it out with your future former spouse in an Alberta courtroom. Few people would blame you for wanting to end your marriage in a less adversarial fashion. Fortunately, you can.

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