The lawyers in the Family Law Group advise and represent clients in all areas of matrimonial law such as parenting arrangements, parenting time, adoption, property division, estate and trust issues, child and spousal support, and divorce. We also provide services consisting of drafting of co-habitation agreements, marriage agreements, and separation agreements. Our approach is to assist clients in resolving their disputes in the most effective way such as taking a non-adversarial approach, which can reduce your costs significantly. Occasionally, however, there are circumstances when court intervention is necessary. Litigation means placing your issues before the court for a decision. Our lawyers have extensive experience at every level of court in British Columbia, and we are fully prepared to take your case to court and advocate on your behalf. We take a team approach by combining the value of experience with the assistance of junior lawyers and paralegals to deliver the best value to our clients.
- Frequently Asked Questions related to Litigation.
At Watson Goepel LLP we offer ‘all things Family Law’, from traditional Litigation to Mediation, Arbitration, or Collaborative Law, as well as Adoption services and legal advice for both pre and post marriage agreements. This blog post, however, is meant for those who are involved in (or are contemplating) a litigation based process. Finding your […]
Purchasing a joint property using the proceeds of excluded property does not reduce the value of the exclusion
The Supreme Court of British Columbia’s decision in Remmem v. Remmem, 2014 BCSC 1552, considers the Family Law Act’s excluded property regime. Mr. Remmem owned a fishing vessel which was appraised at $100,000 in 1990, when the parties began cohabitating. The value of the vessel at the date of trial was $52,500. Mr. Remmem claimed […]
BCCA: Separation Agreement provided ineffective waiver of entitlement to pension plan survivor benefits
The recent Court of Appeal case Tarr Estate v. Tarr, 2014 BCCA 315, deals with the legal nature of survivor pension benefits and how they may be effectively waived in a separation agreement between spouses. The Tarrs separated in 2002 after 38 years of marriage. Ms. Tarr was named as her husband’s irrevocable beneficiary under […]
A recent CTV-Mobile headline caught my eye: “US woman fighting child support for adopted Russian boy she sent back.” I wondered what this story was about. It turns out, according to the article, that Torry Hansen, who now lives in California, filed an appeal after a judge in Tennessee ordered her to pay $150,000. Our […]