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The Ins and Outs of Credit Card Debt

Guest Post - Gareth Slocombe, CIRP, CPA-CA, Trustee

With household debt said to be at record levels in Canada, financial stress frequently accompanies separation and divorce. In the interest of providing you with some timely information on debt and options for taking control of your financial future, we are delighted to welcome the input of Gareth Slocombe, CIRP, CPA-CA, Trustee*. Gareth will be guest posting on topics related to financial security and debt resolution. The first topic up for discussion is the slippery slope of credit card debt.

Dos and Don'ts of Communication for Parents During Separation and Divorce

Sometimes when parties separate, it is amicable, and both parties are civil and even friendly with each other allowing for seamless decision-making. Other times, after a separation, the last thing that either party wants to do is see the other person, let alone speak to them. The lack of communication between separating parties is especially challenging when there are children involved.

How to Become the Guardian of a Child

If you are caring for a child who is not your natural child, say your grandchild, niece or nephew, or partner's child, you may be interested to know about guardianship. While guardianship may appear to have little to do with the practical aspects of caring for a child, it has a significant impact on the rights and duties you have for the child. This is because, under the Family Law Act, only guardians may exercise parental responsibilities for a child. Parental responsibilities include making decisions for the child, like where the child lives and goes to school, and applying for or renewing the child's passport. If the child's natural parents are unavailable, for some of the time or always, it may be especially important for you to consider becoming a guardian.

What Parents Should Know About the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, often referred to as simply "the Hague Convention" in family law circles is an international treaty that governs the return of children to their country of habitual residence when they have been abducted to another signatory country.  It is important to keep in mind that the Hague Convention only applies to signatory countries (a list of which is included below). If children are abducted to non-signatory countries, the convention does not apply. The convention applies if a parent wrongfully removes or wrongfully retains a child in a signatory country.  A removal or retention is wrongful when:

Vanessa Park Joins Henderson Heinrichs LLP's Vancouver Office

We are delighted to welcome family lawyer Vanessa Park to our Vancouver office. In addition to her family law expertise, Vanessa has a background and an interest in business law. This combined skill set will benefit clients who are looking for proactive advice to protect their business interests before cohabitation or marriage as well as entrepreneurs and business owners who are facing property and asset division issues in the event of a relationship breakdown. Vanessa encourages her clients to find negotiated solutions to their issues whenever possible as they are generally more cost-effective and tend to provide lasting resolutions because both parties are invested in a joint solution. However, reaching accommodation through negotiation is not always possible. When court is the best option to produce a fair result for her client, Vanessa is a confident and successful litigator. Vanessa's practice includes all aspects of family law, and she is looking forward to helping clients resolve their disputes through creative and pragmatic solutions. She is a welcome addition to the Henderson Heinrichs LLP team.

Estate Planning, Separation, Divorce and Blended Families

Having a Will is important no what matter your circumstances are. However, when you are going through a separation from a spouse, it can be more important than ever to ensure that you have an updated Will that properly reflects your wishes and protects the interests of your family members as beneficiaries should you pass away before your divorce or separation is finalized.

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


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