New Westminster Divorce & Family Law Lawyer, British Columbia


Dale M. Melville Lawyer

Dale M. Melville

VERIFIED
Criminal

Dale started his legal career by articling for a busy firm in Victoria, focusing almost exclusively on Criminal Law. After being called to the bar, hi... (more)

Doug  Conolly Lawyer

Doug Conolly

Personal Injury, Litigation, Accident & Injury, Real Estate, Car Accident

Partner at McQuarrie Hunter LLP and head of the Commercial Litigation Group. Born and raised in British Columbia with diverse educational and life ... (more)

Jodi Ann Michaels

Criminal, Legal Malpractice, Personal Injury, Civil Rights
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  7 Years

Amanda J. Rose

Immigration, Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  8 Years

Matthew J. Anderson

Criminal, Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  8 Years

Mike Jukic

Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Commercial Real Estate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  10 Years

Terry Hewitt

Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Conveyancing, Personal Injury
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  31 Years

Steve P. Chung

Complex Litigation
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  7 Years

Gwen Chambers

Civil Rights
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  27 Years

Louisa Nishimura

Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  25 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

ATTRACTIVE NUISANCE

Something on a piece of property that attracts children but also endangers their safety. For example, unfenced swimming pools, open pits, farm equipment and aba... (more...)
Something on a piece of property that attracts children but also endangers their safety. For example, unfenced swimming pools, open pits, farm equipment and abandoned refrigerators have all qualified as attractive nuisances.

ADOPTED CHILD

Any person, whether an adult or a minor, who is legally adopted as the child of another in a court proceeding. See adoption.

MISUNDERSTANDING

A mistake by both spouses in a marriage that can serve as grounds for an annulment. For example, if one spouse went into the marriage wanting children while the... (more...)
A mistake by both spouses in a marriage that can serve as grounds for an annulment. For example, if one spouse went into the marriage wanting children while the other did not, they have a misunderstanding that will be judged serious enough for a court to terminate the marriage.

ADOPTIVE PARENT

A person who completes all the requirements to legally adopt a child who is not his or her biological child. Generally, any single or married adult who is deter... (more...)
A person who completes all the requirements to legally adopt a child who is not his or her biological child. Generally, any single or married adult who is determined to be a 'fit parent' may adopt a child. Some states have special requirements, such as age or residency criteria. An adoptive parent has all the responsibilities of a biological parent.

MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME

An annual income figure for which there are as many families with incomes below that level as there are above that level. The Census Bureau publishes median fam... (more...)
An annual income figure for which there are as many families with incomes below that level as there are above that level. The Census Bureau publishes median family income figures for each state and for different family sizes. A debtor whose current monthly income is higher than the median family income in his or her state must pass the means test in order to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and must commit all disposable income to a five-year repayment plan if filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

SICK LEAVE

Time off work for illness. Most employers provide for some paid sick leave, although no law requires them to do so. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, howe... (more...)
Time off work for illness. Most employers provide for some paid sick leave, although no law requires them to do so. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, however, a worker is guaranteed up to 12 weeks per year of unpaid leave for severe or lasting illnesses.

ISSUE

A term generally meaning all your children and their children down through the generations, including grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and so on. Also called... (more...)
A term generally meaning all your children and their children down through the generations, including grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and so on. Also called 'lineal descendants.'

ACKNOWLEDGED FATHER

The biological father of a child born to an unmarried couple who has been established as the father either by his admission or by an agreement between him and t... (more...)
The biological father of a child born to an unmarried couple who has been established as the father either by his admission or by an agreement between him and the child's mother. An acknowledged father must pay child support.

MARITAL SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

See divorce agreement.