Valerie M. Little Law Blog

Your family is your main concern. If you’re experiencing a family law dispute, you want the best help you can get to ensure a swift and amicable settlement. The lawyers at Valerie M. Little Law Corporation can help in this regard. If you’re unsure of how to proceed with a legal matter, read our blog posts below for information that can help regarding child custody, adoption and more. 


To get the guidance and help of an experienced family lawyer in Burnaby and the Lower Mainland, be sure to call our office.

  • 03/01/2019
    The Hazards of Seeking a Divorce Without a Lawyer

    If you are initiating divorce proceedings, you may be tempted to resort to online toolkits or first try navigating the process yourself. It may appear that pursuing a divorce without a lawyer will save you time and money. This is often not the case, and you may risk overlooking complex legal issues or drawing out the process for longer than necessary. Below are some of the issues to consider before attempting a divorce on your own.


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  • 18/12/2018
    Why Hire a Family Law Lawyer For My Separation Agreement?

    When you have decided to separate from your life partner, many factors must be taken into consideration from a legal standpoint. Because you may be deeply involved in the emotional aspects, it can be difficult to be forward-thinking or understand what the division of assets will entail. Thus, it is important to hire a family law lawyer to protect your interests and properly document the separation in a separation agreement. Below are some key factors detailing how a family law lawyer can help you in this situation.

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  • 18/12/2018
    Important Considerations for Your Prenuptial Agreement

    Today, many couples consider a prenuptial agreement, whether for a first, second or later marriage. Below are some things you may want to consider if you are getting married or are considering a prenuptial agreement.

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  • 30/10/2018
    Avoid bad advice when you get a divorce

    It’s sad but true that separation is a modern day reality. You may know a number of people who have gone through the separation process. If you have been thinking of separating, you should consider getting professional legal advice from a lawyer specializing in family law.

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  • Divorce
    28/05/2018
    Divorce: FACT OR FICTION

    Your trusted Family Lawyers put the most common divorce myths to rest.

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  • Preparing for a Family Lawyer meeting
    20/04/2018
    Working with Your Divorce Lawyer

    Helpful advice for maximizing your divorce results and saving yourself time, hassle and money.

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  • Parental Alienation documents in BC
    29/03/2018
    What You Can do About Parental Alienation

    Separations and divorces have a way of fostering a lot of negative emotions when it comes to the way children view their parents.

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  • Couple Meeting a Family Lawyer in Coquitlam
    29/03/2018
    ​Information to Prepare For Your First Meeting with a Family Lawyer

    Family disputes can be extremely complicated, tense and emotional. When trying to resolve your family issues, it is always prudent to hire a family lawyer to help you.

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  • Child and spousal support documents
    04/03/2018
    What Documents Are Needed to Determine Child & Spousal Support?

    Whether you are just beginning the divorce process or you have recently gone through it, you may now be facing the issue of determining child and spousal support.

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  • Updating legal obligations with family lawyer
    21/02/2018
    Family First: What You Should Be Updating With Your Family Lawyer in 2018

    Though it’s not something most people like to think about, there are a number of issues that need to be addressed yearly when it comes to dealing with your family lawyer. At Valerie M. Little Family Law, we take the time to make sure that you understand everything you need to know to keep your house in order. Let us show you how easy it can be to keep track of your legal obligations and put everyone’s mind at ease. Here’s what you need to update for 2018.

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  • Signing a prenuptial agreement in a family lawyers office
    15/02/2018
    Reasons Why a Prenuptial Agreement May Be Unenforceable

    A prenuptial agreement, also known as a cohabitation or marriage agreement, is an agreement made between two parties setting out how property will be valued and divided if the couple were to separate. While circumstances of separation are not something a newly engaged couple generally likes to think about, protecting yourself in advance can be crucial to a “fair” outcome in the event of separation. It can further save the time and cost of going through a litigious divorce if the relationship falls apart.

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  • a woman on the phone while looking at her bank records
    01/02/2018
    Why You Want to Provide Financial Disclosure

    It’s an understandably difficult time when a marriage breaks down; both, emotionally and financially. However, in order to move forward in an expeditious and efficient manner, it is vital to follow the legal requirements of disclosure.

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  • Annulment in BC
    30/01/2018
    Can You Get an Annulment of Your Marriage in BC?

    In order to successfully annul your marriage, your situation needs to meet the legal requirements and you need to get the appropriate declaration from the court which states that your marriage is invalid. This way your marriage will be considered to have never occurred in the eyes of the law.

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  • Spousal Support in Burnaby
    21/01/2018
    What is Spousal Support & How Can It Be Payable Retroactively?

    Spousal support is a payment made to a former spouse after a separation. This payment is intended to equitably divide the family income between the spouses. Spousal support may be decided on the basis of need or to compensate for what a spouse may have given up during the marriage. Spousal support payments are usually decided within the scope of the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines (the “SSAGs”).

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  • Family Law in Burnaby
    18/01/2018
    Do You Need a Protection Order?

    A “Protection Order” is an Order made by a Judge in court under the Family Law Act that is meant to protect one person from another in a marital situation or marital like situation. 

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  • Divorce lawyer in Coquitlam
    09/11/2017
    How to reduce your child’s stress during a divorce or separation

    Although divorce is rarely easy for anyone involved, it can often be uniquely stressful for children. Even if separation or divorce is ultimately the right decision for your family, children, who often have not participated in the decision process until it is over, can react in many unpredictable ways. 

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  • child custody lawyer in Coquitlam
    06/11/2017
    Child Custody Tips for the Holidays

    If your are in the process of going through a divorce, the upcoming holidays will probably present you with a few new challenges. Seeing everyone in the family together is always wonderful but now that your family has changed, there will be some unique stresses this holiday season.

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  • Child & Spousal support in Canada
    20/10/2017
    Child Benefits in Canada and How They Can Impact Spousal Support

    Navigating the system to arrange for child and spousal support can be difficult, particularly as child benefits have changed over the years. It is particularly important to understand what child benefits are available if you have a child and the relationship of child benefits with any spousal support that may also be available.

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  • Travel Consent for Children in British Columbia
    10/10/2017
    Getting a Travel Consent to Travel Out of the Country With Your Child

    Travelling abroad with a child can require a lot of planning to arrange a safe and enjoyable trip. While planning and custody arrangements should be resolved before travelling, ensuring that you have proper documentation for your child can help avoid any problems that may arise with border agents or immigration officers.

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  • Divorce Lawyer in Burnaby
    10/10/2017
    How to Prepare for a Judicial Case Conference

    When couples want a divorce, they often fail to realize the legal processes involved. What sounds like a simple separation can quickly turn into a difficult battle between lawyers.

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  • Adopting in British Columbia
    10/10/2017
    How to Know When You’re Ready to Adopt

    You stand at the edge of one the biggest decisions you've ever had to make. This decision could end a chapter of your life and begin an entirely new one with different joys and challenges. But are you ready for it?

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  • Choosing a Guardian in British Columbia
    10/10/2017
    Choosing the Best Guardian for Your Child

    Whom Should I Consider?

    If you have sole custody or sole guardianship of your child in a court order or separation agreement, you may wish to consider appointing a guardian for your child in the event of your death.

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  • discussing divorce with your children in Burnaby
    10/10/2017
    The Talk: Discussing Divorce with Your Kids

    Everyone would like a happily ever after, but, unfortunately, many relationships don't have them. When a relationship ends, life can get hard.

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  • Divorce Court New Westminster
    10/10/2017
    When to Choose Divorce Court Over Mediation in New Westminster

    Facing a marital separation but feeling unsure whether to choose mediation or traditional divorce court? It can be a confusing time for all parties.

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  • Divorce Lawyer in Burnaby
    10/10/2017
    How to Mitigate a Divorce's Effects on Your Children

    Even if your divorce affected nobody but you, it is often accompanied by a lot of emotional stress. You have to break apart a relationship that probably brought you much joy when it worked.

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  • Divorce Order in Langley
    10/10/2017
    FAQs about Divorce Orders

    If you're facing the end of your marriage, you have a lot weighing on you. Conflicting feelings come and go. You have to continue with your daily activities and still keep up with escalating demands on your time and resources. If you have children, you work hard to consider their needs.

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  • is it time to leave
    10/10/2017
    Is It Time to Leave Your Marriage?

    Advice from an Experienced Divorce Lawyer in Coquitlam, BC

    Marriages are not easy; and anyone who has been married for an extended period of time will attest to that.

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  • social media
    10/10/2017
    Social Media and Divorce: What Not To Do

    —Advice from an Experienced Family Lawyer in Coquitlam, BC

    Divorces can be complicated, painful, and emotional situations.

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  • father and children
    10/10/2017
    How a Family Lawyer Helps Fathers Dealing with Divorce in Langley

    Maintaining a strong relationship with your children is crucial during a divorce, and this is true for all parents. With the exception of being held financially responsible, fathers sometimes feel as though their parental role is minimized throughout the divorce process.

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  • uncontested divorce
    10/10/2017
    Steps Involved with Filing a Joint Uncontested Divorce in BC

    Uncontested divorces are becoming increasingly common, especially as more couples realize the emotional and financial benefits of an amicable split.

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  • common law relationships and property division in Vancouver
    10/10/2017
    Common Law Relationships and Net Property Division in Vancouver, BC

    One of the cornerstones of Canadian family law, along with making decisions in accordance with the “best interests of the child,” is the “joint venture” model of the family. For several decades, high-level decisions of Canadian courts have considered the family’s economics as a cooperative affair, even if some family members’ contributions are not easily expressed in financial terms.

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  • divorce lawyer in Coquitlam
    10/10/2017
    How a Divorce Lawyer Can Help You Get a Cheaper Divorce in Coquitlam

    The cost of love and romance can be amazingly high – but if you don’t have the right representation, getting a divorce may be even costlier. Once you know that divorce is a likely choice for you and your spouse, contact a professional as soon as possible.

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  • family lawyer in Coquitlam
    10/10/2017
    How to Prepare for Your First Meeting with a Family Lawyer in Coquitlam

    If you and your spouse have decided to get a divorce, your first step should be talking to a professional. Getting a legal separation or a divorce is rarely easy for anyone, but an experienced family lawyer can do much to assist you.

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  • Child Custody in Vancouver
    08/09/2017
    Sole, Joint or Split? Understanding Child Custody Laws in Vancouver, BC

    If you are amid a separation or divorce, and have children, determining you and your former partner’s respective parental responsibilities will inevitably become an important issue. It is important to understand the current legal landscape when it comes to potential custody arrangements, and how you will be affected by custody laws.

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