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Lana Shparberg

Should I get Legal Advice?

Seeking legal advice when you’re separating doesn’t necessarily signify the beginning of a long and painful legal battle…  A good family lawyer will help you understand your rights and responsibilities and avoid confusion about the informal and formal procedures you…

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Separating from a spouse or partner is difficult. Even though most people recognize that nearly half of all spousal relationships will end prematurely, it can be a big surprise when it happens in our own relationship. Whether the separation is…

Let’s Talk About It…

One of the most important things you can do when separating is to communicate clearly and calmly with your partner. One of the most important things you can do when separating is to communicate clearly and calmly with your partner.…

First Checklist for Your Separation

There are several practical considerations when you’re separating. Getting things organized will help you feel more in control of the situation and allow you, and your former partner, to focus on resolving important issues: There are several practical considerations when…

The “Money” Talk

Once you have made the decision to terminate the relationship, and hopefully, both partners are ready to acknowledge that the family restructuring is inevitable, it’s time to address the big issue: your money! Once you have made the decision to…

How to Start your Divorce Process?

Although not required, many couples find that a properly drafted Separation Agreement helps them put ‘things’ in order. In British Columbia, a Separation Agreement can be filed in Provincial Court or in the Supreme Court. Although not required, many couples…

Divorce: #2 Most Stressful Life Event

Some researchers suggest that the loss of a spouse is the most stressful life event. Next on the list – divorce. Other stressors are: moving, major illness and job loss. Unfortunately, divorce is often accompanied by other stressors:   1.Moving – …

In case I decide to separate…

“I’m just looking for more information…in case I decide that I do want to separate…” is the start of many family law consultations. Deciding to leave a relationship is a conclusion that is often years in the making but the…