West Coast LEAF has just published a new resource, Separation Agreements: Your Right to Fairness. This plain language booklet is for anyone interested in learning more about the financial issues that arise when a couple separates. It includes tips for managing your own case, how to work well with your lawyer, and information on completing financial statements for court.
The project came out of the Rick v Brandsema case where the Supreme Court of Canada found that the parties’ separation agreement was “unconscionable”, and therefore invalid. After this case, West Coast LEAF reports that they received numerous calls from women and advocates facing the challenge of needing the courts to review unfair separation agreements. To address this need, they’ve produced this resource. It’s part of a larger project to expand women’s knowledge about their rights in family law and will also include a series of workshops for advocates and service providers in BC to educate them about separation agreements. These workshops will take place in the second half of 2012.