All posts by Chantelle Lefebvre

Social Media and Defamation – A Cautionary Tale

    I recently came across a news article about a Vancouver woman ordered to pay her ex $200,000.00 after trashing his reputation online.  Most people have a general understanding about the concept of defamation, but you rarely hear about actual defamation orders being made or damages being awarded. After coming across the article, I … Continue reading Social Media and Defamation – A Cautionary Tale

When Can A Child Legally Decide Where They Want to Live?

    The issue of where a child should live following a divorce or separation is a common one.  Parents constantly tell me that their child is telling them which parent they want to live with.  The question often becomes how to ensure that the child’s voice is heard and given proper attention, without allowing … Continue reading When Can A Child Legally Decide Where They Want to Live?

Reducing the effects of conflict on children in high conflict divorces

    Divorce and separation can be a very stressful time for parents, and for children.  It is normal for children to feel grief over the loss of the family unit – this can be exacerbated when there is a high level of parental conflict. In situations of extreme conflict, children can suffer a variety … Continue reading Reducing the effects of conflict on children in high conflict divorces

The Child’s Voice in Legal Proceedings – Part 2

    In the last issue, we discussed the importance of including a child’s voice in custody and access disputes.  In this issue, we will discuss some of the potential ways that this can occur. Generally, a judge will not allow a child to testify in court or to swear an affidavit, however, there is … Continue reading The Child’s Voice in Legal Proceedings – Part 2

I Have to Go to Court and Don’t Know What to Expect

    Do you have any upcoming court date?  If so, you may be experiencing some anxiety because you don’t know what to say or do, or how to conduct yourself in court.  If you have a lawyer, it will be your lawyer’s job to speak to the judge and present your case (this applies … Continue reading I Have to Go to Court and Don’t Know What to Expect

The Legality of Recording Conversations               

    I have had many clients going through high-conflict separations ask me whether they can legally record conversations between themselves and their spouse.  Most people assume it is illegal to do so but this is incorrect.  You CAN legally record a conversation between you and someone else.   Why would you want to do … Continue reading The Legality of Recording Conversations               

Sesame Street and Divorce

    Yes, you read that title correctly.  Sesame Street and Divorce in the same sentence.  I’m not referring to an adult version of Sesame Street where Bert and Ernie separate and divide property, etc.  Instead, I’m talking about resources created by Sesame Street to help children of separating parents.  Parents frequently tell me they … Continue reading Sesame Street and Divorce