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Can Employers Reduce Notice Periods for COVID-19 Reasons?

The Ontario Court of Appeal put it best in 2015 (Michela v St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic School, 2015 ONCA 801: “An employer’s financial circumstances may well be the reason for terminating a contract of employment – the event that gives rise to the employee’s right to reasonable notice. But an employer’s financial circumstances are not relevant … Read post

Is Child Support Required for Adult Children in BC?

In BC, divorced or separated parents are obligated to pay child support while their children remain in their charge and until they reach the age of 19. What happens if the children are above the age of 19? Are parents still required to support their adult child/children? Many parents will be surprised to discover that … Read post

Can I Physically Discipline My Child?

Physical punishment, or ‘spanking’, involves an action taken by a parent, teacher, or caregiver that is intended to cause discomfort to a child/children. Generally, the purpose of physical punishment is to discipline or remedy the child’s bad behaviour and discourage them from doing it again. This article seeks to provide insight for parents, teachers, and … Read post

Section 211 Report

In the event of a couple’s separation, the issue of child custody may arise. In British Columbia, courts tend to go along with parental arrangements that are aligned with the child’s best interests. Usually, the court decision is based on a parenting plan that can meet the child’s needs effectively, which both parents agree with. … Read post

Parenting Arrangements After Separation or Divorce

If the relationship between you and your former partner comes to an end and you share children from that relationship, one of the most significant considerations in that separation is custody arrangements. You will need to come to an agreement regarding the shared financial responsibilities, who gets parenting time when, as well as arrangements concerning … Read post

Domestic Violence and Child Abuse in BC

British Columbia’s Family Law Act (FLA) came into full effect in March 2013 and has since been praised for improving and developing Family Law, prioritizing the rights of children, and keeping families safe. The updated FLA attempts to provide a response to the developments in research regarding the negative impact of family violence, including on … Read post

Gaining Child Custody in BC

In 2019, an estimated 2.68 million Canadians had been through a divorce, sustaining the increasing trend in divorce rates since the year 2000. Going through a divorce or separation can often be complicated and distressing, and is exacerbated when children are involved. Which parent should obtain legal custody? What are the logistics of access or … Read post

Vaccination Disputes in B.C. Family Law

It is quite known that the topic of vaccinations has a long and contested history. Despite the many debates over the years, the issue of whether or not to vaccinate your children remains the center of many public health disputes. With a plethora of information arguing for both sides readily available on the internet, it … Read post

Children’s Views in BC Custody Disputes

The principal concern in any custody dispute is ensuring that the best interests of the child/children remain the primary focus. However, it is often that the dispute remains unresolved because each respective parent maintains that they are the one to best provide for the child/children in light of these interests. Although it is not the … Read post

Change of Child Custody Agreement in BC

Due to the increasing support for the notion of involving a child/children in custody decisions, it is definitely possible to make amendments to an existing custody agreement, should it be in the best interests of the child/children. However, in order to avoid constant unrelenting custody trials and consequent substantial legal implications, it is not a … Read post