Here are my picks for top five family law stories of the past week:
- The Supreme Court of Canada made a decision in the “Eric and Lola” case – ruling by a slim majority that specific provisions of the Civil Code of Quebec do not infringe the equality provisions set out in Section 15(1) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. See Georgialee Lang‘s blog “Supreme Court Says “No” to Common Law Spouses in Quebec” for a summary;
- As reported in the Vancouver Sun, a prominent Vancouver couple are going to court over what to do with a $615,000.00 wine collection;
- John Cleese is getting a divorce and funding the settlement by selling of moving props from Monty Python according to the Daily Mail. (NOTE – if you have debts arising from your divorce and have extra stuff (like a car you never use or expensive furniture that does not fit in your new house) why not sell it to improve the financial situation? Makes sense to me…);
- Liberty Ross is divorcing Rupert Sanders (it is reported that he cheated on her in the summer of 2012 with Kristin Stewart). According to Perez Hilton, Ross is being represented by Laura Wasser (divorce lawyer to the stars); and
- In China a dialogue is opening about the lack of a law to provide for women to divorce homosexual spouses. “In a report released last week, the First Intermediate People’s Court of Beijing called for a legislation to allow those who discover their spouses are homosexual to file for an annulment as an alternative to divorce.” (quote from Zeenews.com). This reminds me of the recent internet video sensation: Gay Men Will Marry Your Girlfriends.