At this year's conference a great deal of discussion centred around controversies that have developed over recent research concerning shared custody, and in particular whether shared custody, including overnights, is appropriate for infants and toddlers. The consensus was that, while some recent research had suggested that shared custody, including overnights, is not appropriate for very young children, the preponderance of evidence indicated that it may well be appropriate, even beneficial, in cases in which there are two good parents and the child is bonded with both parents.
The evidence also indicated however that such shared parenting time should be introduced slowly in cases in which one parent had not had an opportunity to spend a lot of time with or form a close bond with the child. It was apparent from discussions at the conference that this area of family law is still developing and remains controversial and that continuing research is needed.
For many of our clients, having businesses and other property in our parts of the world was a normal part of their lives. But when these individuals have a looming separation or divorce, it soon becomes clear that their separation or divorce will be quickly complicated by the possible division of these overseas businesses and properties. What can you do to get full disclosure or prevent dissipation of overseas assets? What can you do when you dispute BC's jurisdiction and want another jurisdiction to make a determination over your separation or divorce issues?
Even with the best planning, we cannot entirely avoid the challenges that are inherent to life. We can, however, make plans to weather those storms. Having a will and a representation agreement is a very practical way to “weather the storms” of life.
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed most people’s everyday lives in a matter of a couple of weeks. Effective March 19, 2020 and until further notice, the BC Supreme Court has suspended regular operations of all of its locations. However, the Court will continue to hear “essential and urgent matters”. What constitutes as an “essential and urgent” matter?