What is a domestic contract?

What is a domestic contract? A domestic contract is an agreement entered into by spouses to arrange certain aspects of their affairs, such as child support, child parenting arrangements (custody), spousal support or division of family property. Such an agreement can be made at the beginning of the relationship, during the course of it, or…

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PETS CONSIDERED FAMILY MEMBERS UNDER BC LAW

Pets and other animals can be very important to us. This is why British Columbia amended it’s Family Law Act to give pets a special status. However, in New Brunswick, our little furry friends remain personal property, bearing the same weight as objects. For more on the state of the law on pet custody in…

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Psychological Evaluations and Family Court

There is generally 3 types of psychological evaluations and reports used in a family matter: Voice of the Child Evaluation; Parental Capacity Assessment; Psychological report from a counsellor, psychologist, therapist, social worker or probation agent. Psychological evaluations are usually requested and/or ordered in cases where parenting time and decision-making responsibility regarding the children are at…

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Emergency Interventions Orders in New Brunswick

What is an Emergency Intervention Order ? An emergency intervention order is a type of court order issued in situations where an individual’s safety or well-being is at immediate risk due to the actions or behavior of another person. It is typically used in cases of domestic violence, child abuse, or mental health emergencies. In…

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The truth about Defamation

by: Ashley Martin and Marie-Hélène Haché You may have followed the US and UK  trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. If you are curious of how these principles apply in New Brunswick, keep reading. What is Defamation? Defamation is the claim of which someone is accused of publishing or distributing a false statement of…

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Family Law Vocabulary Simplified

Divorce, Separation, Legal Separation, Custody, Access, Primary Care, Primary Parent, Alimony, Child Support, Spousal Support, “She took everything”, “He has the children” – Rings a bell? Legal terms often differ from what you hear during consersations with friends, colleagues and family. Let’s tackle this together. Children When it comes to children, we talk about parenting…

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