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How do we divide property in a British Columbia divorce?

When you end your marriage or common-law partnership, dividing your property can be one of the most contentious elements of the split. Property can represent both a financial and emotional investment, and parties typically want to protect those investments.

As such, disputes can arise. However, by understanding how the process works and what you can expect to receive, you can avoid some confusion and contention.

Four social media mistakes to avoid if you are divorcing

During a divorce, it is easy for parties to let their emotions take control. People often say or do things out of fear, anger or bitterness that they later regret. This is particularly easy to do thanks to outlets like social media.

Social media plays an increasingly common role in the Canadian legal system, including divorce cases. As such, if you are ending your marriage, you may want to think carefully about what you post, share, and like online. More specifically, you should take care to avoid the following four social media mistakes.

Will I receive spousal support if I get divorced?

One common fear people have when they divorce is whether they will be able to support themselves. This can be especially worrisome for people who are financially dependent on their spouse. If you are in this situation, you might not know where you will live or how you will pay your bills.

However, remember that there are legal measures in place that can make it easier to transition out of marriage financially. One possible solution is to request spousal support.

Unmarried? You can still take steps to protect your property

Deciding not to get married doesn’t mean that couples are not committed to each other.

However, if these relationships end, parties can face similar challenges to people who get divorced, including who gets to keep which property. This is especially true for people who own a home or other significant asset. Because of this, it can be wise to take precautions that can protect you and your property if you are unmarried but living (or plan to live) with your partner. One way to do this is to sign a cohabitation agreement.

Religious Influences On Children After A Divorce Or Separation

When a marriage or relationship ends, it can be difficult to determine the roles each parent will play in their children’s lives. Will one parent make decisions? Will the other parent be consulted? Will both parents share the responsibility of making decisions together?

With no answers to these questions, parenting can be frustrating for both the child and each parent. To reduce the likelihood of conflict and toxicity, its important to have a plan in place to discuss how decisions will be made moving forward, such as religious beliefs.

Six Tips For Separated Couples For The Holiday Season

The holiday season can be a difficult time for couples who are separating or have finalized their separation. This is especially true for couples with children, as they will likely be facing their first holiday split between two households. Easing a child's disappointment during the holiday season is challenging but can be done. Here are some suggestions for making the holidays as merry as possible.

Have A Holiday Plan In Place. Nothing brings the impact of separation home to children and parents more harshly than celebrating the holidays apart. Parents should consider hosting the holiday celebrations in alternate years to make conflict less likely, as the child will know every other year they will spend the holiday season with one of their parents.

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


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