As Father's Day goes by year after year, there are many children of divorced parents missing their fathers and feeling forgotten. It's not that some of these fathers don't want to be with their children, but often conflict with the child's mother just makes it easier to stay away. Of course, in some situations, this is reversed, and it is the mother who no longer is a vital part of their children's lives.
Alternative dispute resolution includes a variety of different means for resolving disputes: mediation, arbitration, collaborative law or med-arb. An attorney who practices ADR can help you decide which is best for your situation. Whether you need assistance with a divorce, child custody, property division or are having a dispute of a different kind, if you are looking into ADR, you have made a good choice.
If you are planning on ending your marriage, have you thought about how this is going to modify and rearrange your living arrangements? There are a lot of decisions you and your spouse are going to have to make, such as whom the children are going to live with, child visitation, child support, property division, spousal support -- just to name a few.
Most of us have probably heard of or know someone who has been involved in a "nasty" divorce: a divorce where both spouses are out to see who gets the best of the other one, Some of these divorces even start out on a fairly even keel, and then turn sour throughout the process. Once a conflict starts, it can grow from a molehill into a mountain; these situations rarely end well. They can become expensive and if children are involved, they often end up in the middle of some very unhealthy relationships.
Unmarried couples who live together or lived together for a substantial amount of time are subject to many of the terms contained in the Family Law Act. For instance, those who lived together and thought of themselves as a couple are subject to property division laws if they were together for more than two years. Unmarried couples who lived together and had a child together could be impacted by child and spousal support laws regardless of how long the relationship lasted.
Parents or guardians of a child in British Columbia who share custody with another individual cannot just move to another area without giving written notice 60 days in advance. This is the case even if the individual plans to move only themselves or only the child. There are a few special circumstances in which this does not apply; for example, if there is a threat of violence to the child or guardian, notice is not required.
People who are preparing to marry or those who are already married in British Columbia may want to consider completing an agreement that governs how any possible separation or divorce will be handled. Such agreements may be helpful in preventing litigation while providing a fair settlement for both spouses in the event of a marital breakdown.