Do Grandparents Have Guardianship or Visitation Rights in BC?

More often than not, grandparents end up being disregarded when their children separate or divorce. As a result, the grandparents see their grandchildren less frequently. At what point do grandparents have legal rights when it comes to spending time with their grandchildren? Are there circumstances in which grandparents can obtain custody of their grandchildren? Here’s … Read post

Forced Sale of a Family Home After Divorce

Divorce, particularly the acrimonious, contested kind, can lead to disagreements about Family Property. The matrimonial home, in most cases, is by far the largest asset which separating couples own. In this blog we discuss how divorce can affect your home and property, and address the question: “Can someone force you to sell your house even … Read post

What is Family Property in BC?

If you and your spouse have joint assets such as a family home, bank accounts or investments, a separation can create chaos with your finances during an already overwhelming time.  This blog is for owners of joint property in British Columbia and seeks to answer the big questions of “who gets what?”, and more importantly, … Read post

Unequal Division of Family Property in BC

When spouses separate in British Columbia, most situations result in family property being divided equally. This applies to both married couples as well as couples that are in “marriage-like relationships”, such as common-law and cohabitating couples. There are three exceptions to an equal division of family property: If there is a pre-existing agreement, such as … Read post

Returning to work from the lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting effects on workplaces in BC is an ongoing and evolving situation. With changes to regulations happening daily, it is important for both employers and employees to pay attention to local, provincial, and federal government announcements. These announcements can impact your available options. These are a few FAQs that may provide … Read post

Canadian Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

The Canadian government has recently announced a new benefit to include students who may not have been eligible for the previous Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), or Employment Insurance (EI). The ultimate goal is to provide secondary, post-secondary, and recent post-secondary graduates with financial support through the months of May to August 2020. Who can … Read post

COVID-19: Designated Essential Service Providers and Liability for Damages

On April 3, 2020, the BC government issued a Ministerial Order designating essential services in British Columbia. In doing so, the government ordered non-essential services to cease operating. Designated essential service providers cannot be held liable for damages caused by exposure to COVID-19 while a state of emergency is in place. Such providers are protected … Read post

The 2020 Guide to Child Support in BC

In Canada, children have a legal right to child support. This means that parents or guardians are required to financially support their children, even in circumstances where one parent or guardian does not see or take care of the children. If you and your partner are going through a separation or divorce and have children, … Read post

COVID-19: Record of Employment Code

Up to date as of April 1, 2020. How to code the reason for dismissal during Covid-19 This is information from the Trudeau government. If your employees are directly affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and they are no longer working, you must issue a Record of Employment (ROE). When the employee is sick or quarantined, … Read post

COVID-19: The Guide for Small Business Owners and Employers

Up to date as of April 13, 2020. Below we provide a summary of the programs offered by the federal government as alternatives to laying off your employees. Bonus: it can also reduce your exposure to damages claimed for constructive dismissal. 1. EI Work Sharing Program Is this the right fit for your business? You … Read post