Canadian Law of Solicitor-client Privilege and Litigation Privilege

Solicitor-client privilege is a person’s right to refuse to disclose, and to prevent any other person from disclosing, confidential communications made with the person’s lawyer for the purpose of furnishing or obtaining professional legal advice or assistance.  This legal privilege is absolute, and of indefinite duration. The solicitor-client privilege has been firmly entrenched for centuries.  It recognizes that the justice … Read More

Help Your Child Feel Comfortable with Shared Custody

It is important for all children to have a well-established routine in their lives. This helps them develop familiarity and confidence as they grow up. It also promotes a healthier lifestyle in terms of both physical and mental health, allowing them to grow into healthier and well-adjusted adults. Unfortunately, there are times where a disruption to your child’s familiar routine … Read More

What is Grounds for Divorce in British Columbia?

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In BC, there are two distinct statutes that govern the divorce process. The first is known as the Federal Divorce Act, and the second is BC’s Family Law Act. The latter statute was implemented in 2013 and is mainly focused on the safety of children who are part of a family going through the divorce process. In this Act, the … Read More

How to Tell Your Child About Divorce and Custody

Divorce is a difficult thing for families to deal with. It can be especially troublesome for children to understand why circumstances must change. One of the most difficult conversations you may have in your life will be explaining the reasons for divorce to your family. To reduce some of the stress and negativity surrounding this conversation, we have prepared a … Read More

British Columbia Civil Sexual Assault Lawsuits and Limitation Periods

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With the amount of quality legal articles available on the Internet these days there is a surprising lack of information concerning civil sexual assault lawsuits in British Columbia. Perhaps it’s because this topic can be considered taboo, or perhaps it’s because there are relatively few lawyers who are experienced in prosecuting these types of claims. Whatever the reason, I thought … Read More

The Court After McLachlin

“It is difficult to imagine a Supreme Court of Canada without Beverley McLachlin. For 17 years, she was the court’s rudder, steadying 
it in choppy legal waters. So what happens after she’s gone? Appointed to the court by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney as a puisne justice in 1989 and elevated to the top job 11 years later, Beverley McLachlin is … Read More

Why common-law couples should get a prenuptial agreement

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Many people assume that a prenuptial agreement is only for people who are planning on getting married and they often don’t consider such an agreement necessary if they are simply in a common-law relationship. British Columbia’s unique Family Law Act, however, which treats common-law relationships similarly to marriages, means that a prenuptial or cohabitation agreement could be a very useful document for … Read More

Self-representation: Stressful, expensive and time-consuming

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Self-representation is becoming more common in courts across Canada. While precise figures are not always easy to come by, the problem of self-represented litigants is a serious issue, especially in civil and family courts. In some Canadian courts, the number of self-represented litigants now exceeds 80 percent. Although it can be tempting to deal with one’s divorce alone, a number of studies … Read More

How to start over after the havoc of a grey divorce

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This article provides a brief look at why grey divorce is rising and how older divorcees can prepare. Nobody ever plans on getting divorced and even fewer people plan on getting divorced just as they are about to enter their long-awaited retirements. However, for many people divorce during or just before retirement is becoming a reality. As the Globe and Mail reports, … Read More

Family law: Intervention in child abuse is possible

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On behalf of Ganapathi Law Group posted in Family Law on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Child abuse in British Columbia is more prevalent than what people may think; in fact, the frequency of it happening is quite alarming. While the public is becoming more aware of the telltale signs and the procedures to report suspicious or confirmed cases to authorities under criminal laws, the … Read More