After years of being in the divorce business, I know full well that January is the most common month of the year for couples to file their divorce papers, based on how busy my office gets that time of year. In fact, one can even pinpoint the exact day.
In my practice as a Divorce Mediation coach, I see a lot of people who could use a little ‘Mayan’ philosophy as they go through the difficult time of separation and divorce. But just like the Mayan calendar has proven, the ‘end’ doesn’t have to mean something terrible, this can also be a time of new beginnings.
No one gets divorced because they have a fabulous sex life. So perhaps 50 Shades can teach us a few lessons about how the middle-aged married couple can take charge in the bedroom and save their marriage.
The highly controversial dating website AshleyMadison.com has put out their per capita numbers for their site and apparently, Saskatoon ranks in at number 2 of the cheater-friendly cities of Canada. AshleyMadison.com is a site that encourages adultery through online dating and is apparently making a big splash in the western Canadian market.
As a proud Calgarian, I was shocked to find out that Calgary is the third most cheater friendly city in Canada. After some research on AshleyMadison.com, the infamous website for non-singles who are looking to hook up outside their relationships, my nervousness was confirmed with the slogan of “Life is short. Have an affair.®”
Kris Humphries doesn’t want a penny from Kim Kardashian because he claims the marriage was a fraud. Was the marriage used to increase ratings? Was it all just a strategic business move to collect an ROI on the $17 million wedding day? Well, Kris sure thinks so, and it seems that America agrees.
The law is changing quite dramatically for common law couples. The new law says that once common-law couples have lived together for two years in a “marriage-like relationship” they will have an automatic half interest in all property accumulated during the relationship, as well as in the increase in the value of all property brought into the relationship.
This act will put British Columbia at the forefront of the rest of Canada in terms of up-to-date, progressive family law. The family mediation community in the province applaud this new act for many reasons including placing emphasis on mediation over litigation. The new act gives equal emphasis to agreements and court orders and encourages families to use divorce mediators.
Bill 16 of the Family Law Act has been passed! It was a sign that the traditional divorce system needed reform. The new act addresses some of the fundamental problems in the system and we look optimistically to the impact it has on divorce with children and families in general.
Finding yourself on the doorsteps of divorce is hard enough emotionally but add the multitude of decisions on how to divorce can feel completely overwhelming. While there are only two main areas for decision-making; kids and money, coming to resolution can take years and use up a lot of your hard-earned wealth.