Living ‘Separate and Apart’ Under the Same Roof

There’s no doubt the pandemic has had an impact on relationships — in fact, one B.C. group estimates divorce rates are up 30 per cent globally. But the pandemic has also influenced how people separate.

With so much COVID-related uncertainty around health, finances, education and employment, some separated couples may choose to continue living together for financial or other practical reasons.

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Careless Whispers: Divorce and Social Media a Toxic Mix

More and more, we head to social media to announce important milestones such as the birth of a child or a new job –– and sometimes to share the more mundane moments, such as the pasta we made for dinner last night.

Canadians spend almost two hours every day on social media, catching up on news, connecting with friends and family or simply as a distraction from the misery of a global pandemic. But Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and others have also become popular stomping grounds for venting frustrations, throwing shade and launching digital wars of words with anyone who doesn’t share our opinions.

Careless Whispers: Divorce and Social Media a Toxic Mix
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One Year On: The Impact of Covid-19 in Family Law

The past year has been one like no other in family law. Almost from the day we entered lockdown in March of last year, my phone has been ringing non-stop.

 New clients. Current clients. Anxious parents claiming that their co-parent was flouting COVID-19 rules and putting their children’s safety at risk, wanted to deny the children’s co-parent access. Former couples at odds over whether it was safe to send their kids back to school asked the court to decide the dilemma. Many people lost jobs or had to shut down businesses, and as a result, couldn’t meet their support obligations.
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I Am Not the Bad Guy: How I Navigated My Divorce

Taking a stand during your divorce may cause your children to perceive you as The Bad Guy.  During a divorce, it is almost inevitable that there will be contentious issues that you'll have to take a stand for.

As much as I would've liked for my divorce to proceed smoothly, unfortunately, many divorces turn out to be acrimonious like mine. Needless to say, it is not only difficult for the husband and wife, but it is also hard on our children.

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How My Divorce Made Me a Better Family Lawyer

There’s no sugar-coating how painful it is to end a marriage or long-term partnership. When I tell clients going through divorce that I understand their stress and anxiety, I’m speaking from experience.

In 2005, with two children under the age of four, my husband and I separated, and in the fall of 2008, our divorce was finalized. Our marriage hadn’t been going well for a while and we both knew it was the right decision, even though at the time it felt like I had somehow failed.

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HBO’s The Undoing – A Master Class in Narcissism

Did you watch HBO’s psychological thriller The Undoing starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant? The six-part miniseries features Manhattan power couple Grace and Jonathan Fraser, whose picture-perfect life comes crashing down when Jonathan is arrested for the murder of his mistress Elena Alvez.

I was on the edge of my seat for this nail-biter series and had some thoughts. For the uninitiated, here’s a quick synopsis: Kidman plays Grace Fraser, a successful psychologist married to esteemed pediatric oncologist Jonathan (played by Grant). The couple seems to be living a charmed life with their 12-year-old son Henry –– until Jonathan’s web of lies starts to unravel.

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