There are many different ways of reaching a final resolution to your outstanding family law matters. The ideal solution is a negotiated settlement. This can be done either with the assistance of counsel or between the parties themselves. If negotiation is proving unsuccessful there are several different options available.
The Parliament of Canada is making changes to the Divorce Act. The current projection is that the changes will become effective in June of 2020.
In the midst of a family law matter, you may hear lawyers casually toss around terms like "med" and "med-arb" when planning the next steps for your file - they are referring to mediation and mediation/arbitration. While both useful processes, it is important to understand the differences between mediation and mediation/arbitration before you sign on the dotted line.
There are many types of crimes which, when one is accused or convicted of, can have a significant impact on a family. This is true for the accused, the alleged victim, and any children involved. It is moments such as these where one finds the intersection of criminal law and family law.
Two associates of SBL, David M. Taylor and Elizabeth L. Stewart, recently attended the National Family Law Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. This is a four day intensive training program hosted by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. The conference had hundreds of family law lawyers from all across Canada in attendance. Numerous members of the judiciary from across Canada were also in attendance. Topics discussed included advanced rules of evidence in court proceedings including newer mediums such as social media, advanced topics on spousal support, unusual property division, taxation issues in family law, and family trusts, amongst a host of other informative presentations. The members of SBL were also privileged to hear from the Federal Minister of Justice the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould who spoke of the new Divorce Act recently introduced into Parliament and the potential changes coming in family law. The lawyers at Soby Boyden Lenz LLP strive to stay on top of the law and emphasis attending educational events such as this in order to provide the best possible advice to our clients.
Parental alienation can occur in the context of divorce when parents are engaged in high conflict over custody of the children.