Advisory Areas of Focus
If you live together for 2 or more years, or if you have a child together, you are considered common law spouses. Under the Family Law Act of British Columbia common law spouses (which includes same sex spouses) have the same rights and obligations as married spouses.
A Cohabitation Agreement could be useful to protect your assets and define your responsibilities to one another. It is important to know what your legal standing is, or might be in the future, to protect yourself and your assets.
A Pre-Nuptial Agreement or Marriage Contract can protect your assets and address your future expectations, before they become “issues”. Situations of second or subsequent marriages, or where marriage will merge significant assets or debts, have matters worthy of early consideration and agreement.
SEPARATING OR SEPARATED
In the midst of emotions, change and confusion, clarify your goals and desired outcomes. Learn about the legal process and obtain straightforward definitions of legal terms. Secure an opinion on the reasonableness of your goals, and realistic timelines. Respectfully negotiate the various economic and legal consequences related to the end of your relationship. Participate in the negotiations as much or as little as works for you. I will codify the agreements and settlements reached in a Separation Agreement, to provide certainty and clarity.
AS TIME GOES ON
Nothing is certain except change. Time can bring the need for changes to your arrangements for parenting time, schedules, spousal or child support. I can help you understand what is reasonable, what is a “material change in circumstances”, and what processes might be available to you to re-negotiate a new outcome, with a minimum of conflict and stress.
Planning for the best interests of the Children. Achieving workable schedules and transitions. Respecting the desire of each parent to be an active participant. Parenting plans are often the most difficult and emotionally charged area of family law, but are fundamental to a healthy family unit.