Category Archives: Relationships

Social Media and Legal Evidence: Protecting Yourself from Your Own Statements

Odds are you have a Facebook page, or you’ve been asked ad nauseam why you don’t. Social media — in particular, sites such as Facebook and Twitter — are exploding across the Web, not just for personal use but increasingly for professional and business purposes.

If you’re not careful, they could be used for legal purposes as well.

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Celebrating Singledom: The Emergence of Divorce Parties

Divorce is often very difficult for everyone involved. You and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse are probably pushed to the limit regardless of whether you’re parting amicably or whether you’re at each other’s throats. There are so many things to consider, and even if the divorce is initiated on good terms, you’re both starting a new chapter in your life — in itself more than enough stress.

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Should I Sign a Prenuptial or Cohabitation Agreement in Canada?

No one wants to think that his or her relationship may someday end. However, in what’s now often said to be more than 50 percent of cases, marriages and common-law marriages alike simply don’t last “until death do you part.”

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How Fast Can I Get a Divorce in Canada?

To answer this question we assume that you are applying for an uncontested divorce and are not seeking a divorce on grounds of cruelty or adultery. For a divorce to be uncontested, you and your spouse must have agreed on the details of any of the key issues that apply to you (custody, access, and support), and that there are no other issues (such as division of assets) which you and your spouse disagree on or are asking the court to settle for you. Continue reading

BC Divorce Process Changing

UPDATED JULY 5 and 24: The procedure to apply for a divorce in British Columbia was changed effective July 1st, 2010, when new Supreme Court Family Rules came into effect in the province. The changes affect the forms and procedures used in applying for an uncontested divorce. Continue reading

Understanding Separation Agreements

What is a separation agreement?

A separation agreement is a type of contract signed when you and your spouse decide to separate. This contract is intended to lay out the terms of your separation in order to:

  • avoid confusion and conflict,
  • assist in financial planning, and
  • make the separation process simpler and more straightforward.

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Can I Do My Own Divorce?

The short answer is yes, you can. Ninety percent of divorces in Canada do not need a lawyer — the couple divorcing do not have a complicated financial situation and agree that they want their marriage to end. Continue reading

Cohabitation and Protecting a Business

Joshua and Ruth have lived together for a year. They are worried about family law being extended to cover common-law relationships, and have decided a cohabitation agreement is necessary in their situation. A business is involved. Continue reading