Mediated Spousal Support Obligations Upheld Despite Wife’s Financial Winfall

Court Finds Unfair Spousal Support Agreement To Continue The importance of properly drafting, and reviewing, mediated separation agreements was highlighted in a Supreme Court divorce case this week.   Justice E.A. Arnold-Baily upheld a husband’s obligation to pay spousal support, despite the fact that his ex-wife won a $124,000 personal…

BC Judge Rejects Night-Before Marriage Agreement

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Bruce Greyell agreed with a Courtney Woman when she testified that signing a marriage agreement the night before her wedding was unfair. A retired RCMP officer with two ex-wives had his bestman, also a retired RCMP officer, pressure the woman into signing the agreement while she…

What is the Collaborative Family Law Group?

Collaborative Law made simple The Collaborative Family Law Group or CFL, was formed 15 years ago in Victoria B.C. The CFL members are the only certified provider of Collaborative Law services in Victoria. It was created by a group of independent lawyers, counselors and financial specialists to take the conflict out…

Understanding Family Law Financial Statements

Court Procedures Made Simple Both Provincial and Supreme Courts require the filing of a Financial Statement in Family Law matters. These statements are important tools, and are often what the court will depend on to make decisions regarding property division, as well as child and spousal support. If you are…

Separation Agreement Fails to Protect Canadian rocker Randy Bachman

Bachman-Turner Overdrive guitarist Randy Bachman and his estranged wife have been sent back to the negotiating table- highlighting the pitfalls of partial settlement in divorce cases. In his October 24, 2014 ruling, B.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Hickson stated, “ It is not for the Court to fill in essential…

Can Negotiation Work for You?

Negotiation is something we do everyday with our spouses, colleagues, children, and even strangers. Most people are pretty good negotiators because they know what they want and what they are willing to give up to get it. The corner stone of negotiation is compromise. So why do spouses have such…