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  • What Happens To Spousal Support After The Children Grow Up? - Don't Make A Big Mistake!

    Lorne MacLean and all of the lawyers at the MacLean Family law Group are pleased to sponsor Family Matters TV as it powerfully leverages television and the internet to allow Judge Brownstone and other experts to share their free advice broadly and efficiently to the public.

    As family law and spousal support lawyers with offices in Vancouver, Surrey, Kelowna and Fort St. John British Columbia we know that- how much spousal support should be paid and how long spousal support should be paid- is one of the most emotional issues clients face at the time of divorce and marriage breakdown.

    Have you ever asked yourself the following questions:

      • Will my spousal support always remain the same?

      • Does the amount of child support I pay or receive affect the spousal support payment?

      • If our children become financially independent adults, will the spousal support payment still remain the same?

    The MacLean Family Law Group believes a better understanding of the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines will help you answer these questions.

    The Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines are used as informal but legally persuasive guidelines that assist spouses, lawyers, mediators and judges in determining the amount and duration of spousal support. While the Guidelines are not law per se, a series of cases in the BC and other Canadian Superior Courts from 2005 to 2011 make it clear that the Guidelines must be considered when making a decision on spousal support.

    There are two basic formulas:


    Category: Episodes

    Tags: adult-children, bc-family-law-group, lorne-maclean, spousal-support, spousal-support-advisory-guidelines, ssag

    Sep 21 2011 1:16 AM
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  • Child Protection

    What is child abuse? What is child neglect? Why does it happen? How does the justice system protect children, and what happens when a child protection agency intervenes in a child’s life? Justice Brownstone interviews two child protection lawyers from Victoria, BC: Crystal Buchan and Jennifer Barrett. This is a touchy subject but Justice Brownstone tackles it head on to find out what parents should do when a protection agency becomes involved in their lives.

    Category: Episodes

    Tags: abuse, child-abuse, child-protection, crystal-buchan, jennifer-barrett, lawyers

    By Family Matters - December 5, 2010
  • Prenups: What are they? Why get one?

    Should you have a prenup or co-habitation agreement? Everybody knows that the divorce rate is almost 40% in Canada and almost 50% in the United States, and that’s just the people that get married. We don’t even know what the breakup rate is for couples who just live together in common law relationships, but it could be even higher than 50%. And yet, very few couples enter into contracts before getting married or moving in with each other. Why is that?
    Justice Brownstone interviews two lawyers from Victoria, BC to find out whether it's worth getting a prenuptial agreement before marriage.

    Category: Episodes

    Tags: dinning-hunter, leigh-gagnon, prenup, prenuptial, ron-dummonceaux, rory-lambert

    By Family Matters - November 8, 2010
  • Family Law Lawyers

    What does a lawyer charge? Is the first consultation free? What does a family law lawyer do? Most family court judges spend a lot of time trying to persuade self-represented litigants to get a lawyer or at least get some legal advice. It seems that many people involved in family law disputes do not really understand exactly what family lawyers do and why it’s important to have one. Also, many people who have lawyers do not always make the best use of them.

    Justice Brownstone interviews two family law lawyers from Saskatchewan to give an overview of what to expect from your lawyer. He finds out what they do and how much they charge.

    Category: Episodes

    Tags: billling, costs, greg-walen, gwen-goebel, lawyer, retainer

    By Family Matters - November 8, 2010
  • Elder Abuse

    What is elder abuse? What does it entail? Most of us dream of living to a ripe old age, living a life of comfort and security, surrounded by loving family and friends. But sadly, this is not the reality for many seniors, who have become victims of elder abuse. What is elder abuse? Who are the perpetrators? What can be done about it? And how can we protect ourselves before it’s too late?
    Justice Brownstone interviews Ron Winter, author of 'Granny Snatching;' Carol Pickup (registered nurse); and James Clapp (lawyer) on the topic of elder abuse.

    Category: Episodes

    Tags: carol-pickup, elder-abuse, granny-snatching, jim-clapp, ron-winter, wills-estates

    By Family Matters - November 8, 2010
  • Family Law Mediation

    Many of the parents that go to family court may have resolved their disputes in a much more positive and healing way, if they’d gone to mediation. What is mediation? How does it work? How long does it take? How much does it cost? And how do you know if it’s right for you?
    Justice Brownstone interviews a lawyer mediator and a non-lawyer mediator from Victoria, BC to give an introduction to mediation as an alternative to court.

    Category: Episodes

    Tags: collaboration, kathleen-purvis-bellamano, mediation, michael-lomax

    By Family Matters - October 23, 2010
  • The Collaborative Divorce

    Can you have a collaborative divorce? Collaborative law is luring thousands of lawyers and their clients away from the court system. Why? What is collaborative law and why are so many people flocking to collaborative lawyers? How do you know if collaborative law is right for you?
    Justice Brownstone interviews two of Canada's most prominent collaborative law lawyers, Trudi Brown and Robert Klassen, to give an insight into the collaborative law process as an alternative to court.

    Category: Episodes

    Tags: collaboration, collaborative-divorce, divorce, robert-klassen, trudi-brown

    By Family Matters - September 21, 2010
  • When do Children Need Lawyers?

    Justice Brownstone speaks with two lawyers from the Ontario Office of the Children's Lawyer (Katina Kavassalis & Dan Goldberg) about when children need their own lawyer; and what it is like to represent children. This is a rare opportunity to meet two lawyers that you would normally not get to hear from.

    Category: Episodes

    Tags: canada, dan-goldberg, justice-brownstone, katina-kavassalis, office-of-the-childrens-lawyer, ontario

    By Family Matters - August 30, 2010
  • The Smart Divorce

    This episode is no longer available. Please look for this season's episodes coming soon.

    Is there such a thing as a 'smart divorce?' Please enjoy this audio-only episode in which Justice Brownstone interviews Deborah Moskovitch, author of The Smart Divorce.

    "This is by far, is one of my most personal and best interviews. I share details about what it’s like to be a single mother, the difficulties of choosing the”right lawyer” when you are too emotionally distraught, and the frustrations which go along with litigating. Justice Brownstone knows how to ask the right questions without being too invasive, he drew out the information in a smart way, so that I could share with you what drives me to educate others about having The Smart Divorce."
    Deborah Moskovitch).


    Category: Episodes

    Tags: deborah-moskovitch, divorce, family, marriage, separation, smart-divorce

    By Family Matters - August 27, 2010