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Category Family Law

Family Law

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…

Name-it to Tame-it

In a recent professional development course attended by Lisa Sirlin, Family Lawyer and Mediator at the Deer Lake Law Group, she was alerted to the concept of “Name it to Tame it”, and it resonated with her so much that…

Spousal Assault and Peace Bonds

Police intervention in families during a family breakup is relatively common.  More often than not, one of the parties contacts the police during a heated argument, in the spur of the moment, and without actually appreciating the consequences.  The problem…

Surviving the Holidays after Divorce

It’s that time of year…you’re supposed to feel festive and joyous, but for many people, it is exactly the opposite. For those that have dealt with a change in their family structure due to separation or divorce, the ‘holidays’ can…

Nobody gets ‘Custody’ anymore

At one point in time, parents fought over “Custody” – but not anymore. In British Columbia, the law with respect to children and parenting changed drastically when the Family Law Act came into effect in March of 2013. The new Act eliminated the old concepts…

Practical First Steps in Divorce

There are a few first practical steps which should be taken before or during the separation and in anticipation of divorce: 1.Change mailing address:     As soon as you suspect that you and your partner will be separating, no…

Mediate or Litigate Many clients face a dilemma – do they engage with their spouse in front of a neutral third party to try to work things through – or, do they retain a lawyer to commence proceedings in order…