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South Coast Law Group located in Surrey B.C., offers advice on legal rights and obligations upon the breakdown of family relationships.
Our Family Law team provides counsel with respect to: Divorce, Custody, Guardianship, Parenting time, Mobility, Child Support, Spousal Support, Property Division, Separation Agreements and Cohabitation Agreements. Our lawyers have experience at the Provincial, Supreme and Appellate Court levels. Your first consultation is complimentary.
With the coming into force of the Family Law Act (FLA) on March 18, 2013, British Columbia now has a definition of family debt that did not exist under the prior Family Relations Act (FRA).
Previously, the BC courts only had jurisdiction to offset family debts against family assets. Now, the legislation is specific and defines family debts and provides guidance as to how they should be dealt with.
Further, the new law completely changes the focus to the child. The new Family Law Act removes the best interests of the child as the paramount consideration and makes it the ONLY consideration.
Under the FLA, parents don’t have joint guardianship, they simply are guardians. Guardians must exercise their parental responsibilities solely in accordance with the best interest of their children.
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Mediation has grown as a dispute resolution mechanism in the family law area for good reason: it can be faster, less expensive and less divisive than others ways to resolve a family dispute.
Mediation is process of dispute resolution whereby a neutral and objective third party facilitates a settlement between two or more disputing parties.
Disputes can be destructive amongst family members. Methods of resolution like lengthy and drawn-out negotiations or trips to the court can be costly and trying. This is especially true of separating spouses where emotions and personal history can play a role. Involving a third party can be a safer way to resolve disputes and maintain decent working relationships between family members.
Mediation can be the less destructive and more productive way to resolve a dispute. South Coast Law Group promotes a non-threatening, comfortable and productive environment.
South Coast Law in Surrey B.C. is experienced in estate litigation. We offer advice about inheritance claims and advise executors when an estate is being challenged. Our lawyers can assist in contesting a Will, or an inter vivos property transfer. We handle Wills Variation Act claims and Trust claims.
A will is a tool that ensures your wishes are carried out even after you are gone. When used in connection with documents like a power of attorney and a representation agreement, you can be assured that if you become incapacitated or pass, you will have control over what happens. Together these tools create an end of life plan that can be passed on to your loved ones and ensure your wishes are adhered to.
When a person passes or becomes incapacitated without the benefit of clear legal guidance, it can leave their family and friends in limbo. This tends to compound the already difficult period of time. Obtaining the assistance of a lawyer to create an end of life plan, is a sign of compassion for those that you love.
Getting a well drafted will by a lawyer ensures that you have a bespoke legal instruments that will tailor your wishes to what is carried out after your passing.