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Reflections of a Divorce Lawyer: The Utility (and Not) of Email Exchanges Between Spouses as Evidence

In matrimonial proceedings, our clients often provide us volumes of email exchanges between the separated spouses which purport to be helpful to the cause.  According to them, the missives, for example, show how the other side is denying access or deliberately concealing income, or whatever other issue is in contention. Indeed, sometimes the exchanges are [...]

By | February 2nd, 2012|Family Law, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Reflections of a Divorce Lawyer: The Utility (and Not) of Email Exchanges Between Spouses as Evidence

Monique Shebbeare discusses sperm donor anonymity on CKNW

I had the opportunity to speak with CKNW’s Marcella Bernardo this weekend about anonymity of sperm donors in light of the recent landmark case Pratten v B.C. (A.G.) – Listen to or download the interview here My view is that the underlying idea of the decision – that donor conceived children need to have access [...]

By | July 18th, 2011|Family Law, Reproductive Technology, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Monique Shebbeare discusses sperm donor anonymity on CKNW

Nicole Garton on Bill Good June 13, 2011

I was on the Bill Good Show on Monday, June 13th, 2011 to talk about the evolution and increasing use of social media in the context of family law.  A description of and an audio link to the interview are below: TURNING TO FACEBOOK TO CATCH A CHEATER: SOCIAL MEDIA AND DIVORCE New York congressman [...]

By | June 15th, 2011|Family Law, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Nicole Garton on Bill Good June 13, 2011

Advocating a mechanism for sperm donors to relinquish legal parenthood

One of the main reasons that intended parents choose anonymous sperm donors instead of donors they know is that the current law does not provide a mechanism for a sperm donor to formally relinquish legal parenthood, unless the intended mother has a partner who can adopt the child and the donor consents at the time [...]

Upcoming Changes to Family Law, Wills and Estates and Incapacity Legislation in BC

Join Karen Redmond and Nicole Garton-Jones of Heritage Law for lunch and a review of important upcoming changes to family law, wills and estates and incapacity legislation in BC. Karen Redmond will review proposed significant changes to British Columbia's family law legislation as set out in the Ministry of Attorney General White Paper on Family [...]

By | April 25th, 2011|Elder Law, Estate Administration, Estate Planning, Events, Family Law, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Upcoming Changes to Family Law, Wills and Estates and Incapacity Legislation in BC

New Rules on Written Interrogatories

The new rules of civil procedure in British Columbia will come into effect on July 1, 2010.   One of the changes will be to restrict the use of written interrogatories. Under the old rules, Rule 29 allowed any party to serve questions in written form on another party to the lawsuit. This is a useful [...]

By | December 11th, 2009|Family Law, Uncategorized|Comments Off on New Rules on Written Interrogatories

Dispelling the myths in family law – why you should seek legal advice before signing a separation agreement

As with many areas of law, there are myths surrounding divorce and separation, which cause confusion, and leave non-lawyers feeling like they have more questions than answers.  Confusion around rights and responsibilities, when coupled with an imbalance in a personal relationship can have a disastrous result.  Too often it is the person with the most [...]

By | November 6th, 2009|Family Law, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Dispelling the myths in family law – why you should seek legal advice before signing a separation agreement

Obtaining an Undefended or “Desk Order” Divorce Through Heritage Law

A desk order divorce may be obtained where the only issue between spouses is the divorce itself or where the spouses have already settled all of the other issues, such as child custody and access, spousal support and division of family property, whether through a separation agreement or an agreement reached as to the terms [...]

By | October 15th, 2009|Family Law, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Marriage Agreements and Cohabitation Agreements: The Facts

Marriage Agreements (for Married Spouses) Division of property between spouses on a marriage breakdown in B.C. is governed by Part 5 of the Family Relations Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 128 ("FRA"). Without a marriage agreement, assets that qualify as family assets are presumptively owned and divisible equally between spouses. This presumption of equal ownership and [...]

By | August 20th, 2009|Estate Planning, Family Law, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Marriage Agreements and Cohabitation Agreements: The Facts